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limited edition giclee print, text 9" x 14"
original sold


People are often unreasonable, illogical 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 false friends and some true enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you.
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight. Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough. Give the world the best you've got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It never was between you and them anyway.

$72 unmatted print
$95 matted print 16"x20" double matted museum matboard
$245 Framed in above LaCirque Larson Juhl frame or spline-joined maple frame


attribution notes:
A visitor at my art show booth shared with me that this quote, widely attributed to Mother Teresa is actually not by her. Especially with the internet, this happens more and more often, a wonderful quote gets attributed to a famous person somewhere along the way and the original author gets shut out.

Unfortunately, I did not discover who the original author was until well after I had completed the piece and run prints of the original. So, this explanation is my attempt to make amends and acknowledge the original author, Kent M. Keith, of what were originally titled The Paradoxical Commandments.

While a student at Harvard in 1968, Mr. Keith published his booklet for student leaders titled The Silent Revolution: Dynamic Leadership in the Student Council. The Paradoxical Commandments immediately began circulating among student leaders and later the general public in the United States and overseas.

Here is the original Paradoxical Commandments:
1. People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
2. If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Do good anyway.
3. If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway.
4. The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
5. Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
6. 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.
7. People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
8. What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway.
9. People really need help but may attack you if you do help them. Help people anyway.
10. Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth. Give the world the best you have anyway.

As the Paradoxical Commandments were shared, those who shared them occasionally changed a few words or changed the title and format. One version is known as the "Ten Commandments of Leadership." The version that Mother Teresa put up on the wall of her children's home in Calcutta was titled "Anyway" and consisted of eight of the original ten Paradoxical Commandments, reformatted as a poem. Another version of the Paradoxical Commandments often attributed to Mother Teresa, but noticeably different from the version on her wall, is "The Final Analysis". The Final Analysis is the version IÕve done here. If youÕd like to find out more about Mr. Keith, his website is:

I find I think of different commandments depending upon the challenge in front of me. Thanks for allowing me to share this with you! Pax