As used by Saint
People are often unreasonable,
irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people
may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are successful,
you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed
If you are honest and
sincere, people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years
creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.
If you find serenity
and joy, some may be jealous. Be joyful anyway.
The good you do today
will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.
Give the best you have,
and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis,
it is between you and God. It was never between you and them
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.