Poem: “Anyway” by Mother Teresa

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta


“People are often unreasonable and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives,
Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you,
Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous,
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will be forgotten tomorrow,
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough,
Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.”

This poem was written by Mother Teresa and, as a devote Catholic, she, literally, lived her faith. Unfortunately, kindness and forgiveness only work on those who are receptive to their influence.

And, more unfortunately, many American women are no longer receptive to Christianity, in any form, because radical, second-wave feminism’s academics have deceived them into believing that embracing Christianity will result in a life defined by “oppression” and “patriarchy”, when in fact, it will set them free, free to find happiness, honesty, goodness, and God.

Note: Please see the comment below by Ms. Wilkinson. If anyone can confirm the information that she has put forth, I would appreciate your input as well. Thank you.

4 thoughts on “Poem: “Anyway” by Mother Teresa

  1. I would just like to kindly tell you that this quote was NOT written by Mother Teresa but a man named Kent Keith. He wrote it on the wall in her missionary in Calcutta where she found it and the church revised it to make it sound more religious, I wish you bloggers and writers would check your facts before you put them out there for people to read and believe. I don’t think if you wrote a poem that great that you would want to hand it over to another author & let people all over the world believe that is was theirs. Please, check your facts before you write a whole page on an issue. It’s called, Being Responsible.


    • Thank you for your interesting insight. I thought it was an odd thing for Mother Teresa herself to have done, but at the time I wanted to post it, everything I was able to find led back to Mother Teresa. Either way, it’s an inspiring poem.


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