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Thérèse of Lisieux

"It is love alone that counts."

Thérèse of Lisieux, 1897, in Sir Francis Younghusband, Modern Mystics (1935)

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"Love needs to be proved by action."

Thérèse of Lisieux, 1897, in Ronald Knox, trans., Story of a Soul (1958)

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"When we yield to discouragement or despair, it is usually because we give too much thought to the past and to the future."

Thérèse of Lisieux, 1897, in Ronald Knox, trans., Story of a Soul (1958)

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"That shall be my life, to scatter flowers -- to miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word, always doing the tiniest things right, and doing it for love."

Thérèse of Lisieux, 1897, in Ronald Knox, trans., Story of a Soul (1958)

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"... the storm thunders at my heart; I find it difficult to believe in the existence of anything except the clouds which limit my horizon."

Thérèse of Lisieux, 1898, in Ronald Knox, trans., Story of a Soul (1958)

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"... nobody is a good judge in his own cause!"

Thérèse of Lisieux, 1898, in Ronald Knox, trans., Story of a Soul (1958)

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"For me, prayer means launching out of the heart towards God; it means lifting up one's eyes, quite simply, to heaven, a cry of grateful love, from the crest of joy or the trough of despair; it's a vast, supernatural force which opens out my heart, and binds me close to Jesus."

Thérèse of Lisieux, 1898, in Ronald Knox, tr., Story of a Soul (1958)

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"Prayer is, for me, an outburst from the heart; it is a simple glance darted upwards to Heaven; it is a cry of gratitude and of love in the midst of trial as in the midst of joy! In a word, it is something exalted, supernatural, which dilates the soul and unites it to God."

Thérèse of Lisieux, 1898, in Ronald Knox, trans., Story of a Soul (1958)

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"Nothing's done well when it's done out of self-interest."

Thérèse of Lisieux, 1898, in Ronald Knox, trans., Story of a Soul (1958)

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"Love breeds love ..."

Thérèse of Lisieux, 1898, in Ronald Knox, trans., Story of a Soul (1958)

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"Love alone matters."

Thérèse of Lisieux, 1897, in Dorothy Day, Therese (1960)

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"All is grace."

Thérèse of Lisieux, 1897, in Dorothy Day, Therese (1960)

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"... the more one advances, the more one sees the goal is still far off. And now I am simply resigned to see myself always imperfect and in this I find my joy."

Thérèse of Lisieux, 1889, in John Clarke, trans., Story of a Soul (1972)

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"... love is repaid by love alone ..."

Thérèse of Lisieux, 1897, in John Clarke, trans., Story of a Soul (1972)

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"I would prefer a thousand times to receive reproofs than to give them to others ..."

Thérèse of Lisieux, 1897, in John Clarke, trans., Story of a Soul (1972)

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"We must do everything we are obliged to do; give without reckoning, practice virtue whenever opportunity offers, constantly overcome ourselves, prove our love by all the little acts of tenderness and consideration we can muster. In a word, we must produce all the good works that lie within our strength -- out of love for God."

Thérèse of Lisieux, in Ida Friederike Görres, The Hidden Face: A Study of St. Thérèse of Lisieux (2003)

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"[According to various translators:] The world/ Time/Life is your ship, not your home."

Thérèse of Lisieux

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Thérèse of Lisieux, French mystic, diarist, Roman Catholic saint
(1873 - 1897)