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The Paradoxical Commandments (Do It Anyway)
by Kent M. Keith

The Paradoxical Commandments (Do It Anyway)
Kent M. Keith


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          


Origin of The Paradox:
The Paradoxical Commandments were written by Kent Keith as part of a student leadership booklet titled, 'The Silent Revolution: Dynamic Leadership in the Student Council', published in 1968 and renewed  as 'Anyway: The Paradoxical Commandments: Finding Personal Meaning in a Crazy World' in 2001.

Mother Teresa of Calcutta hung a slightly modified version of this on the wall of Shishu Bhavan, her children's home in Calcutta.

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