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Teresa of Avila

1515 – 1582 CE

In a time caught up in the fury and violence of religious intolerance, inquisitions and sectarian war: Teresa symbolized a child-like devotion and surrendering to a forgiving and compassionate god. Saint, reformer, founder of 40 Carmelite monasteries, author and theologian; with deep insight she championed and helped establish a tradition for western mysticism and was the first in the West to harmonize a scientific view with contemplation and a mystical understanding. An inspiration for the Spanish Renaissance and Christian meditation practice, she promoted “mental prayer” and a personal approach to spirituality.

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Quotes by Teresa of Avila (11 quotes)

“It is love alone that gives worth to all things.”

from Way of Perfection

Chapters: 12. This Over That

Themes: Love

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“It is foolish to think that we will enter heaven without entering into ourselves.”

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Chapters: 33. Know Yourself

Themes: Contemplation

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“The closer one approaches to God, the simpler one becomes”

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Chapters: 35. The Power of Goodness

Themes: Simplicity

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“Don’t let yourself be frightened by your own thoughts.”

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Chapters: 38. Fruit Over Flowers

Themes: Fear

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“I am more afraid of people terrified of the devil than I am of the devil himself.”

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Chapters: 46. Enough

Themes: Evil

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“Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world.”

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Chapters: 6. The Source

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“Union is as if in a room there were two large windows through which the light streamed in it enters in different places but it all becomes one.”

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Chapters: 39. Oneness

Themes: Oneness

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“All the way to heaven is heaven.”

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Chapters: 81. Journey Without Goal

Themes: Wu Wei

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“Many people are good at talking and bad at understanding,”

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Chapters: 2. The Wordless Teachings

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“Never suppose that either the evil or the good that you do will remain secret, however strict may be your enclosure.”

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Chapters: 70. Inscrutable

Themes: Evil Deception

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“At prayer-time, pray, at partridge-time, partridge!”

Themes: Here and Now

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Quotes about Teresa of Avila (1 quotes)

“this fiery girl—a flame of the utmost purity—reminded me of an extraordinary woman, likewise either all body or all soul: saint Teresa. She gave herself completely to each of her acts, nourishing her body and her soul with equal voracity.”

Nikos Kazantzakis 1883 – 1957 CE via P. A. Bien, Shan Dao
from Report to Greco

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