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The Paradoxical Commandments were written by Kent M. Keith for a student leadership booklet that was published and copyrighted in 1968. The paradoxical Commandments subsequently spread throughout the world. Mother Teresa put them up on the wall of her children's home in Calcutta, which is why they are sometimes attributed to her.
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**In The End**
"Mother Teresa"

The Paradoxical Commandments
by Dr. Kent M. Keith  

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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 win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

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.
Build anyway.

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, renewed 2001
To learn more about the origin of the Paradoxical Commandments, visit
www.paradoxicalcommandments.com.