"If you want to avenge yourself on the devil and free yourselves more quickly from temptation, ask the superior, as soon as a temptation comes to you, to give you some lowly office to do, or do some such thing, as best you can, on our own initiative, studying as you do it how to [...]
"I want it to be set down in writing, not to forget that we in this house, and for that matter anyone who would be perfect, must flee a thousand leagues from such phrases as: 'I had right on my side'; 'They had no right to do this to me'; 'The person who treated me [...]
"Resolve, sisters, that it is to die for Christ, and not to practice self-indulgence for Christ, that you have come here." Source: Saint Teresa of Avila, The Way of Perfection, Dover Thrift Editions, 2012.
"It is here that true humility can enter, for this virtue and that of detachment from self, I think, always go together. They are two sisters, who are inseparable." Source: Saint Teresa of Avila, The Way of Perfection, Dover Thrift Editions, 2012.
"If we care nothing for any created things, but embrace the Creator alone, His Majesty will infuse the virtues into us in such a way that, provided we labor to the best of our abilities day by day, we shall not have to wage war much longer, for the Lord will take our defense in [...]
"I confess that, that in this important respect, I am not as perfect as I should like to be and as I know I ought to be; and I must say the same about all the virtues and about all the that I am dealing with here, for it is easier to write of such [...]
"Let us love the virtues and inward goodness, and let us always apply ourselves and take care to avoid attaching importance to externals." Source: Saint Teresa of Avila, The Way of Perfection, Dover Thrift Editions, 2012.
"Our Primitive Rule tells us to pray without ceasing. Provided we do this with all possible care (and it is the most important thing of all) we shall not fail to observe the fasts, disciplines and periods of silence which the Order commands; for, as you know, if prayer is to be genuine it must [...]
"If the rule of poverty is truly kept, both chastity and all the other virtues are fortified much better than by the most sumptuous edifices." Source: Saint Teresa of Avila, The Way of Perfection, Dover Thrift Editions, 2012.