Mother Teresa's Anyway Poem?

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A call to live a life of dignity...
  • Mother Teresa's words provide a short and sweet way to live your life.
  • It's attributed to her but is actually based on a poem by Kent Keith.

Whoever wrote 'Anyway', it's a truly inspirational poem...

Anyway poem - some words, and image of spider & web



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Anyway - what Mother Teresa has to say...

People are often unreasonable, illogical 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 false friends and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you've got anyway.

You see in the final analysis, it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.

by Mother Theresa and/or Dr Kent Keith (*)



  1. (*) The verses above was reportedly written on the wall of Mother Teresa's home for children in Calcutta, India, and are widely attributed to her. And some sources say that the words were written on the wall in Mother Teresa's own room. However, these words are based on a composition originally by Kent Keith, but much of the second half has been re-written in a more spiritual way. Both versions of this poem are shown on this page -


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(Or, you can visit the original poem, here called The Paradoxical Commandments... .)