are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
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.
favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.
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
MOTHER TERESA CONNECTION: "The Paradoxical Commandments"
were written by Kent M. Keith when he was 19 and a sophomore at Harvard College.
He wrote them as part of a book for student leaders entitled The Silent Revolution:
Dynamic Leadership in the Student Council, published by Harvard Student Agencies
in 1968. "The Paradoxical Commandments" subsequently spread all over
the world, and have been used by millions of people. The discovery that changed
his life was the discovery that Mother Teresa had put the Paradoxical Commandments
on the wall of her childrens home in Calcutta. (According to Lucinda Vardey,
Teresa: A Simple Path,
page 185, there was a sign on the wall of Shishu Bhavan, the childrens
home in Calcutta.) ...
The Paradoxical Commandments:
Meaning in a Crazy World
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A Reader's Review: "It
seemed I almost accidentally stumbled across The Paradoxical Commandments after
facing a tough time of unemployment. That was nearly 22 years ago way before he
ever dreamed of writing this book. Now I realize why those particular commandments
that I read in "Anyway" seemed to jump right off of the page and speak
to me. It's because they are full of ancient truths and wisdom that makes our
heart talk. Each chapter from the beginning to the end is rich in ideas and content
every reader can appreciate. Although you can sense that Keith has a deep spiritual
commitment you never feel threatened by his conviction or his passion for things
rooted deeply in faith. Keith would be proud to know that I still have my one
pager of paradoxical commandments and now having a matching book written by him
makes the two inseparable. I highly recommend that you Buy It "Anyway".
Keith's writing style kept my attention plus my interest. I just really hated
to put it down...so I didn't and I'm sure you won't."
Kent M. Keith