Mother Teresa Quotes

Mother Teresa

A joyful heart is the inevitable result of a heart burning with love.

A life not lived for others is not a life.

At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done. We will be judged by I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless, and you took me in.

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.

Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.

Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start.

Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired.

Do not wait for leaders. Do it alone, person to person.

Don’t pray for things, act to achieve your goals.

Each one of them is Jesus in disguise.

Even the rich are hungry for love, for being cared for, for being wanted, for having someone to call their own.

Everybody today seems to be in such a terrible rush, anxious for greater developments and greater riches and so on, so that children have very little time for their parents. Parents have very little time for each other, and in the home begins the disruption of peace of the world.

Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.

Get to know the poor in your country. Love them. Serve them.

Go out into the world today and love the people you meet. Let your presence light new light in the hearts of people.

God doesn’t require us to succeed; he only requires that you try.

God told us, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ So first I am to love myself rightly, and then to love my neighbor like that. But how can I love myself unless I accept myself as God has made me?

Good works are links that form a chain of love.

Holiness is not the luxury of the few; it is a simply duty, for you and for me.

How can there be too many children? That is like saying there are too many flowers.

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.

I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.

I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.

I heard the call to give up all and follow Christ into the slums to serve Him among the poorest of the poor. It was an order. I was to leave the convent and help the poor while living among them.

I do not pray for success, I ask for faithfulness.

I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.

I heard the call to give up all and follow Christ into the slums to serve Him among the poorest of the poor. It was an order. I was to leave the convent and help the poor while living among them.

I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.

I once picked up a woman from a garbage dump and she was burning with fever; she was in her last days and her only lament was: ‘My son did this to me.’ I begged her: You must forgive your son. In a moment of madness, when he was not himself, he did a thing he regrets. Be a mother to him, forgive him. It took me a long time to make her say: ‘I forgive my son.’ Just before she died in my arms, she was able to say that with a real forgiveness. She was not concerned that she was dying. The breaking of the heart was that her son did not want her. This is something you and I can understand.

I think I’m more difficult than critical.

I try to give to the poor people for love what the rich could get for money. No, I wouldn’t touch a leper for a thousand pounds; yet I willingly cure him for the love of God.

I want you to be concerned about your next door neighbor. Do you know your next door neighbor?

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.

If we really want to love we must learn how to forgive.

If we want a love message to be heard, it has got to be sent out. To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.

If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.

If you judge people, you have no time to love them.

If you want a love message to be heard, it has got to be sent out. To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.

I’m a little pencil in the hand of a writing God, who is sending a love letter to the world.

Intense love does not measure, it just gives.

It is a kingly act to assist the fallen.

It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our own home.

It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us.

It is not how much you do, but how much love you put into the doing that matters.

It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.

I’ve read many spiritual books and this comes back again and again. Don’t judge people and just accept them for who they are.

Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.

Keep the joy of loving God in your heart and share this joy with all you meet especially your family. Be holy – let us pray.

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.

Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.

Let us make one point, that we meet each other with a smile, when it is difficult to smile. Smile at each other, make time for each other in your family.

Let us more and more insist on raising funds of love, of kindness, of understanding, of peace. Money will come if we seek first the Kingdom of God – the rest will be given. Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go.

Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.

Let’s do something beautiful for God.

Like Jesus we belong to the world living not for ourselves but for others. The joy of the Lord is our strength.

Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.

Loneliness is the most terrible poverty.

Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do… but how much love we put in that action.

Love begins by taking care of the closest ones – the ones at home.

Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.

Love is like a fruit in season at all times. Love can warm three winter months.

Love to be real, it must cost, it must hurt, it must empty us of self.

Make us worthy, Lord, to serve those people throughout the world who live and die in poverty and hunger. Give them through our hands, this day, their daily bread, and by our understanding love, give them peace and joy.

Many people mistake our work for our vocation. Our vocation is the love of Jesus.

One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.

Our life of poverty is as necessary as the work itself. Only in heaven will we see how much we owe to the poor for helping us to love God better because of them.

Pause and ponder. Think before you act. Be patient. Forgive & forget. Love one and all.

Peace begins with a smile.

Smile at each other. Smile at your wife, smile at your husband, smile at your children, smile at each other – it doesn’t matter who it is- and that will help to grow up in greater love for each other.

Smiling and being kind to people will get you further in life than being mean and rude.

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.

The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted.

The fruit of faith is love.

The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.

The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion because if a mother can kill her own child, what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me? There is nothing between.

The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.

The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it.

The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved.

The person who gives with a smile is the best giver because God loves a cheerful giver.

There are so many religions and each one has its different ways of following God. I follow Christ.

There is always the danger that we may just do the work for the sake of the work. This is where the respect and the love and the devotion come in – that we do it to God, to Christ, and that’s why we try to do it as beautifully as possible.

There is more hunger in the world for love and appreciation in this world than for bread.

There is only one God and He is God to all; therefore it is important that everyone is seen as equal before God. I’ve always said we should help a Hindu become a better Hindu, a Muslim become a better Muslim, a Catholic become a better Catholic. We believe our work should be our example to people. We have among us 475 souls – 30 families are Catholics and the rest are all Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs – all different religions. But they all come to our prayers.

There must be a reason why some people can afford to live well. They must have worked for it. I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things that we could use.

These quotes are full of love and passion, it’s not uncommon to feel such love from great people. If everyone of us had a Mother Teresa in us, this world would be in a better shape.

This can also be seen a message not to wait for anyone to get things done. Do it yourself!

This is so true and i’ve know people that even their kids see them as nobody’s.

We are allowed to make mistakes. But the actions we take while in a rage will haunt us forever.

We are not social workers. We may be doing social work in the eyes of some people, but we must be contemplatives in the heart of the world.

We are so busy in our day to day life that most people don’t even know who lives with them on the same block.

We forget that forgiveness is greater than revenge. People make mistakes.

We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if the drop were not there, the ocean would be missing something.

We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.

We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.

We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.

We, the unwilling, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much, for so long, with so little, we are now qualified to do anything with nothing.

What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.

When a poor person dies of hunger, it has not happened because God did not take care of him or her. It has happened because neither you nor I wanted to give that person what he or she needed.

When once a chairman of a multinational company came to see me, to offer me a property in Bombay, he first asked: ‘Mother, how do you manage your budget?’ I asked him who had sent him here. He replied: ‘I felt an urge inside me.’ I said: other people like you come to see me and say the same. It was clear God sent you, Mr. A, as He sends Mr. X, Mrs. Y, Miss Z, and they provide the material means we need for our work. The grace of God is what moved you. You are my budget. God sees to our needs, as Jesus promised. I accepted the property he gave and named it Asha Dan Gift of Hope.

Words which do not give the light of Christ increase the darkness.

Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.

You and I, we are the Church, no? We have to share with our people. Suffering today is because people are hoarding, not giving, not sharing. Jesus made it very clear.

Whatever you do to the least of my brethren, you do it to me. Give a glass of water, you give it to me. Receive a little child, you receive me.