Talk:Teresa of Ávila

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  • God has been very good to me, for I never dwell upon anything wrong which a person has done, so as to remember it afterwards. If I do remember it, I always see some other virtue in that person.
  • It is here, my daughters, that love is to be found — not hidden away in corners but in the midst of occasions of sin. And believe me, although we may more often fail and commit small lapses, our gain will be incomparably the greater.
  • Learn to self-conquest, persevere thus for a time, and you will perceive very clearly the advantage which you gain from it. As soon you apply yourself to orison, you will at once feel your senses gather themselves together: they seem like bees which return to the hive and there shut themselves up to work at the making of honey. At the first call of the will, they come back more and more quickly. At last, after countless exercises, of this kind, God disposes them to a state of utter rest and of perfect contemplation.
  • O my God, what must a soul be like when it is in this state! It longs to be all one tongue with which to praise the Lord. It utters a thousand pious follies, in a continuous endeavor to please Him who thus possesses it.
  • Our body has this defect that, the more it is provided care and comforts, the more needs and desires it finds.
  • Prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God.
  • The feeling remains that God is on the journey, too.
  • To reach something good it is very useful to have gone astray, and thus acquire experience.
  • We can only learn to know ourselves and do what we can — namely, surrender our will and fulfill God's will in us.