Quotes by Saint Teresa of Avila

All things must come to the soul from its roots, from where it is planted.
– Saint Teresa of Avila
Be gentle to all and stern with yourself.
– Saint Teresa of Avila
God gave us faculties for our use; each of them will receive its proper reward. Then do not let us try to charm them to sleep, but permit them to do their work until divinely called to something higher.
– Saint Teresa of Avila
God has been very good to me, for I never dwell upon anything wrong which a person has done, so as to remember it afterwards. If I do remember it, I always see some other virtue in that person.
– Saint Teresa of Avila
I do not fear Satan half so much as I fear those who fear him.
– Saint Teresa of Avila
I used to discuss with my brother ways and means of becoming martyrs, and we agreed to go together to the land of the Moors, begging our way for the love of God, so that we might be beheaded there. I believe that our Lord had given us courage enough even at that tender age, if only we could have seen a way. But our parents seemed to us a very great hindrance.
– Saint Teresa of Avila
It is here, my daughters, that love is to be found - not hidden away in corners but in the midst of occasions of sin. And believe me, although we may more often fail and commit small lapses, our gain will be incomparably the greater.
– Saint Teresa of Avila
Let nothing disturb thee;Let nothing dismay thee;All thing pass;God never changesPatience attainsAll that it strives for.He who has GodFinds he lacks nothing:God alone suffices.
– Saint Teresa of Avila
O my God, what must a soul be like when it is in this state! It longs to be all one tongue with which to praise the Lord. It utters a thousand pious follies, in a continuous endeavor to please Him who thus possesses it.
– Saint Teresa of Avila
Our body has this defect that, the more it is provided care and comforts, the more needs and desires it finds.
– Saint Teresa of Avila
Pain is never permanent.
– Saint Teresa of Avila
The feeling remains that God is on the journey, too.
– Saint Teresa of Avila
The tree that is beside the running water is fresher and gives more fruit.
– Saint Teresa of Avila
There are more tears shed over answered prayers than over unanswered prayers.
– Saint Teresa of Avila
To have courage for whatever comes in life - everything lies in that.
– Saint Teresa of Avila
To reach something good it is very useful to have gone astray, and thus acquire experience.
– Saint 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.
– Saint 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.
– Saint Teresa of Avila
True recollection has characteristics by which it can be easily recognized. It produces a certain effect which I do not know how to explain, but which is well understood by those who have experienced it. . . . It is true that recollection has several degrees, and that in the beginning these great effects are not felt, because it is not yet profound enough. But support the pain which you first feel in recollecting yourself, despise the rebellion of nature, overcome the resistance of the body, which loves a liberty which is its ruin, learn self-conquest, persevere thus for a time, and you will perceive very clearly the advantages which you gain from it. As soon as you apply yourself to orison, you will at once feel your senses gather themselves together: they seem like bees which return to the hive and there shut themselves up to work at the making of honey: and this will take place without effort or care on your part. God thus rewards the violence which your soul has been doing to itself; and gives to it such a domination over the senses that a sign is enough when it desires to recollect itself, for them to obey and so gather themselves together. At the first call of the will, they come back more and more quickly. At last, after countless exercises of this kind, God disposes them to a state of utter rest and of perfect contemplation.
– Saint Teresa of Avila
Accustom yourself continually to make many acts of love, for they enkindle and melt the soul.
– Saint Teresa of Avila