are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them
you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind
you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine
enemies. Succeed anyway.
you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere
you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create
you find serenity and joy, some may be jealous. Be joyful anyway.
good you do today will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.
the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best
the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and
This text was displayed by Mother Teresa on a wall of her orphanage in Calcutta,
with no reference to the author. Consequently, many persons have attributed
the text to Mother Teresa herself. According to information on his website,
Kent M. Kieth claims that the text used by Mother Teresa was adapted from
material he wrote in 1968.