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Thérèse of Lisieux

  • It is love alone that counts.

    • Thérèse of Lisieux,
    • 1897, in Sir Francis Younghusband, Modern Mystics ()
  • Love needs to be proved by action.

    • Thérèse of Lisieux,
    • 1897, in Ronald Knox, trans., Story of a Soul ()
  • 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 ()
  • 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 ()
  • ... 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 ()
  • ... nobody is a good judge in his own cause!

    • Thérèse of Lisieux,
    • 1898, in Ronald Knox, trans., Story of a Soul ()
  • 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 ()
  • 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 ()
  • Nothing's done well when it's done out of self-interest.

    • Thérèse of Lisieux,
    • 1898, in Ronald Knox, trans., Story of a Soul ()
  • Love breeds love ...

    • Thérèse of Lisieux,
    • 1898, in Ronald Knox, trans., Story of a Soul ()
  • Love alone matters.

    • Thérèse of Lisieux,
    • 1897, in Dorothy Day, Therese ()
  • All is grace.

    • Thérèse of Lisieux,
    • 1897, in Dorothy Day, Therese ()
  • ... 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 ()
  • ... love is repaid by love alone ...

    • Thérèse of Lisieux,
    • 1897, in John Clarke, trans., Story of a Soul ()
  • 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 ()
  • 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 ()
  • [According to various translators:] The world/ Time/Life is your ship, not your home.

    • Thérèse of Lisieux

Thérèse of Lisieux, French mystic, diarist, Roman Catholic saint

(1873 - 1897)