Top 10 Quotes from Saint Teresa of Avila

Top Ten Quotes from Saint Teresa of Avila, Saint and Doctor of the Catholic Church:
  1. “Patience attains All that it strives for. He who has God Finds he lacks nothing: God alone suffices.”
  2. “It is love alone that gives worth to all things”
  3. “Accustom yourself continually to make many acts of love, for they enkindle and melt the soul.”
  4. “Pain is never permanent.”
  5. “To have courage for whatever comes in life – everything lies in that.”
  6. “What a great favor God does to those He places in the company of good people!”
  7. “More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones.”
  8. “It is true that we cannot be free from sin, but at least let our sins not be always the same.”
  9. (said of God): “If this is the way you treat your friends, it’s no wonder you have so few!”
  10. “Let nothing disturb thee, nothing affright thee; all things are passing; God never changeth.”
Number 7 is my favorite! Which is yours?
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  • Evan

    My personal favorite is “God save us from stupid nuns!”

  • Carol

    My favorite was #8.  It just really stands out as different from so much of what you hear today. 

  • TomH

    #8 for me.  Man, I’m sick of the same sin…I guess not enough to let God change me though

  • CarlS

    St. Teresa has always been one of my favorite saints and I love her spirituality and her amazing spiritual insights, and now I see that back in the day, she was a hottie.

  • Carl Eppig

    I like #6.

  • zahlerjr

    “Do not fear that He will give you riches or pleasures or great honors or any such earthly things; His love for you is not so poor as that.” St. Teresa of Avila, The Way of Perfection.

  • robert_devi

    The book of Job is my favourite book of the old testament, so I feel great sympathy for #9.

  • Shin

    ‘I would willingly endure alone all the sufferings of this world to be raised a degree higher in Heaven and to possess the smallest increase of the knowledge of God’s greatness.’

    St. Teresa of Jesus

  • judy stefencavage

    my #10, very calming.

  • Ross

    Withour a doubt it is #9.  Who hasn’t turned to Father God in exasperation and said/thought something similar.

  • Ross

    Withour a doubt it is #9.  Who hasn’t turned to Father God in exasperation and said/thought something similar.

  • Ross

    Withour a doubt it is #9.  Who hasn’t turned to Father God in exasperation and said/thought something similar.

  • Felix

    No. 9.  A necessary perspective on this passing life and its attendant problems.

  • Jeremiah12

    “Whatever you could possibly ask for (in prayer) has already been given to you in Christ” Stanley

  • Sherry

    I know most people have heard of 9 and 10, but I have to love 8. It’s a wry observation, at least be creative in your fallen nature, show some initiative, so that sin isn’t a habit born of dullness of spirit. I also love the tears for answered prayers.

  • RobinJeanne

    # 9… a saints sense of humor…. but you can feel the intimacy.