The “Paradoxical Commandments” are a set of statements, a version of which Mother Teresa had written up on the wall of her Children’s home in Calcutta (and which have been mistakenly attributed to her as a result). I came across a version of them via a comment on Momastery, and looking them up discovered the proper attribution.
People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.
People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.
(copyright Kent M Keith, 1968, 2001)
(I am assuming that (especially as there are so many slightly changed misattributed versions floating around) it is ‘fair use’ to display the original version on a blog with the proper attribution – I can’t find anything on Dr Keith’s website that talks about this, only about reprinting which I think refers to citing them in printed media.)