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The Final Analysis

The Final Analysis

People are often unreasonable, irrational, 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 unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.
Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating others could destroy overnight.
Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness some may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today will often be forgotten.
Do good anyway.

Give the best you have and it will never be enough.
Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God (or whatever you believe is the final word).
It was never between you and them anyway.

~Kent Keith adapted by Mother Theresa

Source: The origin of this quote is kind of confusing. It is clearly adapted from The Paradoxical Commandments by Dr. Kent Keith, but the adaptations are attributed to Mother Theresa. Parenthetical adaptation is mine. So, sources are Dr. Kent Keith via paradoxicalcommandments.com and Mother Theresa via inspiration-oasis.com.

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