"I myself spent over fourteen years without ever being able to meditate except while reading." Source: Saint Teresa of Avila, The Way of Perfection, Dover Thrift Editions, 2012.
"The chief object of the devil’s work on earth is to fill us with pride." Source: Saint Teresa of Avila, The Way of Perfection, Dover Thrift Editions, 2012.
"Behold our Jesus, who, not satisfied with dying on earth for our love, is pleased even after His death to dwell with us in the Most Holy Sacrament, declaring that He finds His delights among men. 'O men,' exclaims St. Teresa, ‘how can you offend a God who declares that it is with you that [...]
"For humility is the principal virtue which must be practiced by those who pray, and, as I have said, it is very fitting that you should try to learn how to practice often: that is one of the chief things to remember about it and it is very necessary that it should be known by [...]
"God deliver us, sisters, from saying 'We are not angels', or 'We are not saints', wherever we commit some imperfection. We may not be; but what a good thing it is for us to reflect that we can be if we will only try and if God gives us His hand! Do not be afraid [...]
"I cannot understand how humility exists, or can exist, without love, or love without humility, and it is impossible for these two virtues to exist save where there is great detachment from all created things." Source: Saint Teresa of Avila, The Way of Perfection, Dover Thrift Editions, 2012.
"The truly humble person will have a genuine desire to be thought little of, and persecuted, and condemned unjustly, even in serious matters. For, if she desires to imitate the Lord, how can she do so better than this? And no bodily strength is necessary here, nor the aid of anyone save God." Source: [...]
"For, indeed, it takes great humility to find oneself unjustly condemned and be silent, and to do this is to imitate the Lord Who set us free from our sins. I beg you then, to study earnestly to do so, for it brings great gain whereas I can see no gain in our trying to [...]
"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 [...]