St. Teresa of Avila Quotes

A collection of quotes by Saint Teresa of Avila (Teresa de Jesús) the Spanish mystic philosopher and Doctor of the Church.

Truth suffers, but never dies. ~St. Teresa of Avila

The devil will try to upset you by accusing you of being unworthy of the blessings that you have received. Simply remain cheerful and do your best to ignore the devil’s nagging. If need be even laugh at the absurdity of the situation. Satan, the epitome of sin itself, accuses you of unworthiness! When the devil reminds you of your past, remind him of his future! ~St. Teresa of Avila

Let nothing disturb thee; Let nothing dismay thee; All thing pass; God never changes. Patience attains All that it strives for. He who has God Finds he lacks nothing:God alone suffices. ~St. Teresa of Avila

It is love alone that gives worth to all things. ~St. Teresa of Avila

Never affirm anything unless you are sure it is true. ~St. Teresa of Avila

Pain is never permanent. ~St. Teresa of Avila

It is true that we cannot be free from sin, but at least let our sins not be always the same. ~St. Teresa of Avila

Our greatest gain is to lose the wealth that is of such brief duration and, by comparison with eternal things, of such little worth; yet we get upset about it and our gain turns to loss. ~St. Teresa of Avila

Anyone who truly loves God travels securely. ~St. Teresa of Avila

I do not fear Satan half so much as I fear those who fear him. ~St. Teresa of Avila

Our body has this defect that, the more it is provided care and comforts, the more needs and desires it finds. ~St. Teresa of Avila

(said of God): If this is the way you treat your friends, it’s no wonder you have so few! ~St. Teresa of Avila

We shall never learn to know ourselves except by endeavoring to know God; for, beholding His greatness, we realize our own littleness; His purity shows us our foulness; and by meditating upon His humility we find how very far we are from being humble. ~St. Teresa of Avila

I am afraid that if we begin to put our trust in human help, some of our Divine help will fail us. ~St. Teresa of Avila

To have courage for whatever comes in life – everything lies in that. ~St. Teresa of Avila

There are more tears shed over answered prayers than over unanswered prayers. ~St. Teresa of Avila

Be gentle to all and stern with yourself. ~St. Teresa of Avila

To reach something good it is very useful to have gone astray, and thus acquire experience. ~St. Teresa of Avila

Accustom yourself continually to make many acts of love, for they enkindle and melt the soul. ~St. Teresa of Avila

For prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God. ~St. Teresa of Avila

What a great favor God does to those He places in the company of good people! ~St. Teresa of Avila

The tree that is beside the running water is fresher and gives more fruit. ~St. Teresa of Avila

I would never want any prayer that would not make the virtues grow within me. ~St. Teresa of Avila

Mental prayer in my opinion is nothing else than an intimate sharing between friends; it means taking time frequently to be alone with Him who we know loves us. ~St. Teresa of Avila

One must not think that a person who is suffering is not praying. He is offering up his sufferings to God, and many a time he is praying much more truly than one who goes away by himself and meditates his head off, and, if he has squeezed out a few tears, thinks that is prayer. ~St. Teresa of Avila

We can only learn to know ourselves and do what we can – namely, surrender our will and fulfill God’s will in us. ~St. Teresa of Avila

Remember that you have only one soul; that you have only one death to die; that you have only one life, which is short and has to be lived by you alone; and there is only one Glory, which is eternal. If you do this, there will be many things about which you care nothing. ~St. Teresa of Avila

May it please His Majesty that we fear Him whom we ought to fear, and understand that one venial sin can do us more harm than all hell together; for that is the truth. The evil spirits keep us in terror, because we expose ourselves to the assaults of terror by our attachments to honours, possessions, and pleasures. ~St. Teresa of Avila

Satan would fly away before such realities, as from the plague. He is the friend of lies, and a lie himself. He will have nothing to do with those who walk in the truth. ~St. Teresa of Avila

We cannot know whether we love God, although there may be strong reason for thinking so; but there can be no doubt about whether we love our neighbor or not. Be sure that, in proportion as you advance in fraternal charity, you are increasing your love of God, for His Majesty bears so tender an affection for us that I cannot doubt He will repay our love for others by augmenting, and in a thousand different ways, that which we bear for Him. ~St. Teresa of Avila

Always think of yourself as everyone’s servant; look for Christ Our Lord in everyone and you will then have respect and reverence for them all. ~St. Teresa of Avila

Never compare one person with another: comparisons are odious. ~St. Teresa of Avila

Never exaggerate, but express your feelings with moderation. ~St. Teresa of Avila

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