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Therese of Lisieux Quotes


A collection of quotes by St. Therese of Lesieux. Quotes from St Therese Story of a Soul and her letters.

  • “A word or a smile is often enough to put fresh life in a despondent soul.”

  • “And it is the Lord, it is Jesus, Who is my judge. Therefore I will try always to think leniently of others, that He may judge me leniently, or rather not at all, since He says:

  • "Judge not, and ye shall not be judged.”

  • “Do you realize

    that Jesus is there

    in the tabernacle

    expressly for you-

    for you alone? He

    burns with the

    desire to come into

    your heart… don’t

    listen to the demon,

    laugh at him, and

    go without fear to

    receive the Jesus of

    peace and love…”

  • “Each prayer is more beautiful than the others. I cannot recite them all and not knowing which to choose, I do like children who do not know how to read, I say very simply to God what I wish to say, without composing beautiful sentences, and He always understands me. For me, prayer is an aspiration of the heart, it is a simple glance directed to heaven, it is something great, supernatural, which expands my soul and unites me to Jesus.”

  • “For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.”

  • “Holiness consists simply in doing God's will, and being just what God wants us to be.”

  • “I am convinced that one should tell one's spiritual director if one has a great desire for Communion, for Our Lord does not come from Heaven every day to stay in a golden ciborium; He comes to find another heaven, the heaven of our soul in which He loves to dwell.”

  • “i can nourish myself on nothing but truth”

  • “I choose them all! I want them all!”

  • “I know now that true charity consists in bearing all our neighbours' defects--not being surprised at their weakness, but edified at their smallest virtues.”

  • “I say nothing to him I love him”

  • “I understood that every flower created by Him is beautiful, that the brilliance of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not lessen the perfume of the violet or the sweet simplicity of the daisy. I understood that if all the lowly flowers wished to be roses, nature would no longer be enamelled with lovely hues. And so it is in the world of souls, Our lord's living garden.”

  • “If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness.”

  • “If I did not simply live from one moment to another, it would be impossible for me to be patient, but I only look at the present, I forget the past, and I take good care not to forestall the future.”

  • “It is there for each and every one of us.”

  • “Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.

  • “Let us not be justices of the peace, but angels of peace.”

  • “May today there be peace within.

  • “May you be content knowing you are a child of God.

  • “May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.

  • “May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.

  • “May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.

  • “Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love.”

  • “My whole strength lies in prayer and sacrifice, these are my invincible arms; they can move hearts far better than words, I know it by experience.”

  • “One word or a pleasing smile is often enough to raise up a saddened and wounded soul.”

  • “Sufferings gladly borne for others convert more people than sermons.”

  • “The loveliest masterpiece of the heart of God is the heart of a mother.”

  • “The splendor of the rose and the whitness of the lily do not rob the little violet of it’s scent nor the daisy of its simple charm. If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its lovliness.”

  • “The world's thy ship and not thy home.”

  • “Trust and trust alone should lead us to love”

  • “When I die, I will send down a shower of roses from the heavens,I will spend my heaven by doing good on earth.”

  • “When one loves, one does not calculate.”

  • “Without love, deeds, even the most brilliant, count as nothing.”


As Carmelites We live our life of allegiance to Jesus Christ and to serve Him faithfully with a pure heart and a clear conscience through a commitment to seek the face of the living God (the contemplative dimension of life), through prayer, through fraternity, and through service (diakonia). These three fundamental elements of the charism are not distinct and unrelated values, but closely interwoven. 

All of these we live under the protection, inspiration and guidance of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, whom we honor as "our Mother and sister."