Francis De Sales

Do not wish to be anything but what you are and try to be that perfectly. - Francis De Sales

When you encounter difficulties and contradictions, do not try to break them, but bend them with gentleness and time. - Francis de Sales

Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them every day begin the task anew.  - Saint Francis De Sales

You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working; and just so you learn to love God and man by loving. Begin as a mere apprentice and the very power of love will lead you on to become a master of the art. - St. Francis De Sales