Ultimate 200+ Mother Teresa Quotes Collection

MOTHER TERESA QUOTES ON FAMILY:

A child is God’ greatest gift to the family, to the nation, to the world.  The child is a life from God, created in the image of God, created for great things, to love and to be loved.

  • Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love but to use violence to get what they want.
  • 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 begin the disruption of peace of the world.
  • Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable. Be honest and transparent anyway.
  • How can there be too many children? That is like saying there are too many flowers.
  • If you have a sick or lonely person at home, be there; may be just to hold a hand, maybe just to give a smile, which is the greatest, the most beautiful work.
  • It is easy to love the people far away.  It is not always easy to love those close to us.  Bring love into your home, for this is where our love for each other must start.
  • It is not always easy to love those close to us. 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.  Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start.
  • Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do … but how much love we put in that action.
  • Love your mother, the most beautiful person on this earth.  Our best critic, yet our strongest supporter.
  • Peace and war begin at home. If we truly want peace in the world, let us begin by loving one another in our own families. If we want to spread joy, we need for every family to have joy.
  • 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.
  • The child is the beauty of God present in the world, that greatest gift to a family.
  • The openness of our hearts and minds can be measured by how wide we draw the circle of what we call family.
  • The problem with the world is that we draw the circle of our family too small.
  • The way you help heal the world is that you start with your own family.
  • What can we do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.
  • When you have nothing left but God, you have more than enough to start over again.

MOTHER TERESA QUOTES ON KINDNESS:

A life not lived for others is not a life.

  • At the heart of silence is prayer. At the heart of prayer is faith. At the heart of faith is life. At the heart of life is service.
  • Be kind and merciful.  Let no one ever come to you without coming away better and happier.  Be the living expression of God’s kindness.
  • Be the living expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.
  • Do not allow yourselves to be disheartened by any failure as long as you have done your best.
  • Do not worry about why problems exist in the world – just respond to people’s needs.
  • Give your hands to serve and your hearts to love.
  • God doesn’t create poverty; we do, because we do not share.
  • God doesn’t require us to succeed; he only requires that you try.
  • God gives us things to share; God doesn’t give us things to hold.
  • I prefer you to make mistakes in kindness than work miracles in unkindness.
  • I would rather make mistakes in kindness and compassion than work miracles in unkindness and hardness.
  • If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
  • If you can’t do great things, do little things with great love. If you can’t do them with great love, do them with a little love. If you can’t do them with a little love, do them anyway.
  • If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
  • If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
  • Keep in mind that our community is not composed of those who are already saints, but of those who are trying to become saints. Therefore let us be extremely patient with each other’s faults and failures.
  • Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
  • Kindness has converted more people than zeal, science, or eloquence. Holiness grows so fast where there is kindness.
  • Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, and kindness in your smile.
  • Let us not use bombs and guns to overcome the world. Let us use love and compassion. Peace begins with a smile.
  • Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.
  • Love to be real, it must cost – it must hurt – it must empty us of self.
  • None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful.
  • Nothing makes you happier than when you really reach out in mercy to someone who is badly hurt.
  • One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.
  • People who love each other fully and truly are the happiest people in the world; they may have little, they may have nothing, but they are happy people. Everything depends on how we love one another.
  • Sometimes a good feeling from inside is worth much more than a beautician.
  • Speak tenderly; let there be kindness in your face, in your eyes, in your smile, in the warmth of your greeting. Always have a cheerful smile. Don’t only give your care, but give your heart as well.
  • Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier
  • The highest form of worship is to find the least among you and treat them like Jesus.
  • The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.
  • The poor are great! The poor are wonderful! The poor are very generous! They give us much more than what we give them.
  • There is a light in this world, a healing spirit more powerful than any darkness we may encounter. We sometimes lose sight of this force when there is suffering, too much pain. Then suddenly, the spirit will emerge through the lives of ordinary people who hear a call and answer in extraordinary ways.
  • We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.
  • Your true character is most accurately measured by how you treat those who can do “nothing for you”.

 MOTHER TERESA QUOTES ON LIFE HAPPINESS:

A life not lived for others is not a life.

  • Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.
  • Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.
  • Do not let the past disturb you just leave everything in the sacred heart, and begin again with joy.
  • Don’t expect your friend to be a perfection person but, help your friend to become a perfect person.
  • Don’t let your sins turn into bad habits.
  • Human rights are not a privilege conferred by government. They are every human being’s entitlement by virtue of his humanity.
  • If each of us would only sweep our own doorstep, the whole World would be clean.
  • If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
  • Jesus said love one another.  He did not say love the whole world.
  • Let us use love and compassion. Peace begins with a smile. Smile five times a day at someone you don’t really want to smile at all. Do it for peace.
  • Life is a song, sing it. Life is a struggle, accept it.
  • Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is a beauty, admire it. Life is a dream, realize it. Life is a challenge, meet it. Life is a duty, complete it. Life is a game, play it. Life is a promise, fulfill it. Life is sorrow, overcome it. Life is a song, sing it. Life is a struggle, accept it. Life is a tragedy, confront it. Life is an adventure, dare it. Life is luck, make it. Life is life, fight for it.
  • Life isn’t about the cherished moments; it is also about the hard ones,  just knowing each day, that you will arise with the bright shining sun in your eyes and end with the cool breeze upon your face as you slowly reflect the day that passed by.
  • Pain and suffering have come into your life, but remember pain, sorrow, suffering are but the kiss of Jesus – a sign that you have come so close to Him that He can kiss you.
  • Profound joy of the heart is like a magnet that indicates the path of life.
  • Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul.  Dream deep for every dream precedes the goal.
  • Some people come in our life as blessings. Some come in your life as lessons.
  • Spread love everywhere you go; first of all in your house. Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbor. Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.
  • The beautiful thing about the pro-life movement is that it’s ordinary people doing extra-ordinary things for God.
  • The best way to succeed in life is to act on the advice we give to others.”
  • The trees, the flowers, the plants grow in silence. The stars, the sun, the moon move in silence. Silence gives us a new perspective.
  • There is a famine in America. Not a famine of food, but of love, of truth, of life.
  • There is no key to happiness; the door is always open.
  • We cannot condemn or judge or pass words that will hurt people. We don’t know in what way God is appearing to that soul and what God is drawing that soul to; therefore, who are we to condemn anybody?
  • We fear future because we are wasting today.
  • What we sometimes consider a stumbling block is rather a rock we can step on.
  • What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight; build it anyway.
  • When you know how much God is in love with you then you can only live your life radiating that love.
  • Whenever you share love with others, you’ll notice the peace that comes to you and to them.
  • Without patience, we will learn less in life. We will see less. We will feel less. We will hear less. Ironically, rush and more usually mean less.

MOTHER TERESA QUOTES ON LOVE:

A clean heart can see God, can speak to God, and see the love of God in others.

  • A joyful heart is the inevitable result of a heart burning with love.
  • Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without being tired.
  • Do ordinary things with extraordinary love.
  • Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.
  • Every work of love done with a full heart brings people closer to God.
  • Go out into the world today and love the people you meet. Let your presence light new light in the hearts of people.
  • How can you love God whom you do not see, if you do not love your neighbour whom you see, whom you touch, with whom you live.
  • I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.
  • I never add up. I only subtract from the total dying… . . . It is not the magnitude of our actions but the amount of love that is put into them that matters.
  • If we really want to love we must learn how to forgive.
  • 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.
  • Intense love does not measure, it just gives.
  • Joy is prayer; joy is strength: joy is love – joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.
  • Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.
  • 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.
  • 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 not patronizing and charity isn’t about pity, it is about love. Charity and love are the same — with charity you give love, so don’t just give money but reach out your hand instead.
  • Love until it hurts. Real love is always painful and hurts: then it is real and pure.
  • Never be so busy as not to think of others.
  • People are generally irrational, unreasonable and selfish. They deserve to be loved, anyway.
  • The biggest disease today is not leprosy or cancer or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling or being unwanted, uncared for, deserted by everybody. The greatest evil is the lack of love and charity, the terrible indifference towards one’s neighbor who lives at the roadside, the victim of exploitation, corruption, poverty, and disease.
  • The greatest science in the world, in heaven and on earth, is love.
  • The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.
  • The success of love is in the loving – it is not in the result of loving.  Of course it is natural in love to want the best for the other person, but whether it turns out the way or not does not determine the value of what we have done.
  • There is more hunger in the world for love and appreciation in this world than for bread.
  • We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread, but there are many more dying for a little love.
  • We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love.  There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread, but there are many more dying for a little love.
  • We do not need guns and bombs to bring peace, we need love & compassion.
  • We have not come into the world to be numbered; we have been created for a purpose; for great things: to love and be loved.
  • Whatever our religion, we know that if we really want to love, we must first learn to forgive before anything else.
  • Whenever you share love with others, you will notice the peace that comes to you and to them.
  • When you know how much God is in love with you then you can only live your life radiating that love.

MOTHER TERESA QUOTES ON PRAYER:

A sacrifice to be real must cost, must hurt, and must empty ourselves. Give yourself fully to God. He will use you to accomplish great things on the condition that you believe much more in his love than in your weakness.

  • Before you speak, it is necessary for you to listen, for God speaks in the silence of the heart.
  • Death is nothing else but going home to God, the bond of love will be unbroken for all eternity.
  • Doctors can heal the body, but it is music that uplifts the spirit.
  • Each of us is merely a small instrument; all of us, after accomplishing our mission, will disappear.
  • Feel often during the day the need for prayer and pray. Prayer opens the heart, till it is capable of containing God himself. Ask and seek and your heart will be big enough to receive Him and keep Him as Your Own.
  • Give your hands to serve and your hearts to love.
  • God didn’t call me to be successful; He called me to be faithful.
  • God does not require that we be successful only that we be faithful.
  • God doesn’t require us to succeed, he only requires that you try.
  • God has created us to love and to be loved, and this is the beginning of prayer-to know that He loves me, that I have been created for greater things.
  • God loves me. I’m not here just to fill a place, just to be a number. He has chosen me for a purpose. I know it.
  • God speaks in the silence of the heart, and we listen. And then we speak to God from the fullness of our heart, and God listens. And this listening and this speaking is what prayer is meant to be.
  • God will never, never, never let us down if we have faith and put our trust in Him. He will always look after us. So we must cleave to Jesus. Our whole life must simply be woven into Jesus.
  • I am nothing; I am but an instrument, a tiny pencil in the hands of the Lord with which He writes what he likes. However imperfect we are, he writes beautifully.
  • I do not pray for success, I ask for faithfulness.
  • I used to believe that prayer changes things, but now I know that prayer changes us, and we change things.
  • I used to pray that God would feed the hungry, or do this or that, but now I pray that he will guide me to do whatever I’m supposed to do, what I can do. I used to pray for answers, but now I’m praying for strength. I used to believe that prayer changes things, but now I know that prayer changes us and we change things.
  • If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
  • If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are.
  • In the end, dear friend, it is always between us and God, not between us and them.
  • It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you.
  • It is only when you realize your nothingness, your emptiness, that God can fill you with Himself.
  • Let nothing perturb you, nothing frighten you. All things pass. God does not change. Patience achieves everything.
  • Let nothing trouble you, let nothing frighten you. All things are passing; God never changes. Patience obtains all things. He who possesses God lacks nothing. God alone suffices.
  • 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.
  • Listen in silence because if your heart is full of other things you cannot hear the voice of God.
  • Make us worthy Lord to serve our fellow men 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 peace and joy.
  • May God break my heart so completely that the whole world falls in!
  • May God give back to you in love all the love you have given.
  • Much more is accomplished by a single word of Our Father now and then, from our heart, than by the whole prayer repeated many times in haste and without attention.
  • My mother and sister must be very happy to be home with God, and I am sure their love and prayers are always with me. When I go home to God, for death is nothing else but going home to God, the bond of love will be unbroken for all eternity.
  • Prayer in action is love, love in action is service.
  • Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.
  • Prayer is the mortar that holds our house together.
  • Prayer makes your heart bigger, until it is capable of containing the gift of God himself. Prayer begets faith, faith begets love, and love begets service on behalf of the poor.
  • Profound joy of the heart is like a magnet that indicates the path of life.
  • Seeking the face of God in everything, everyone, all the time, and his hand in every happening; This is what it means to be contemplative in the heart of the world. Seeing and adoring the presence of Jesus, especially in the lowly appearance of bread, and in the distressing disguise of the poor.
  • Silence of the heart is necessary so you can hear God everywhere – in the closing of the door, in the person who needs you, in the birds that sing, in the flowers, in the animals.
  • Spread the love of God through your life but only use words when necessary.
  • Sweetest Lord, make me appreciative of the dignity of my high vocation, and its many responsibilities. Never permit me to disgrace it by giving way to coldness, unkindness, or impatience.
  • The beginning of prayer is silence. If we really want to pray we must first learn to listen, for in the silence of the heart God speaks. And to be able to see that silence, to be able to hear God we need a clean heart; for a clean heart can see God, can hear God, can listen to God; and then only from the fullness of our heart can we speak to God. But we cannot speak unless we have listened, unless we have made that connection with God in the silence of our heart.
  • There are so many religions and each one has its different ways of following God. I follow Christ: Jesus is my God, Jesus is my Spouse, Jesus is my Life, Jesus is my only Love, Jesus is my All in All; Jesus is everything.
  • There is a light in this world, a healing spirit more powerful than any darkness we may encounter.
  • We are not here to be successful, we are here to be faithful.
  • When you have nothing left but God, you have more than enough to start over again.
  • Words which do not give the light of Christ increase the darkness.

MOTHER TERESA QUOTES ON SERVICE:

At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received how many 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 the living expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your eyes, kindness in your face, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greetings. We are all but His instruments, who do our little bit and pass by. I believe that the way in which an act of kindness is done is as important as the action itself.
  • Cling to the Rosary as the creeper clings to the tree, for without Our Lady we cannot stand.
  • Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.
  • Do things for people not because who they are or what they do in return, but because of who you are.
  • Good works are links that form a chain of love.
  • Helping hands are better than Praying Lips.
  • Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable. Be honest and transparent anyway.
  • I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.
  • I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.
  • I pray that each one of you be holy and so spread His Love everywhere you go.  Light His Light of truth in every person’s life, so that God can continue loving the world through you and me.
  • I see God in every human being. When I wash the leper’s wounds I feel I am nursing the Lord himself. Is it not a beautiful experience?
  • If we pray, we will believe; if we believe, we will love; if we love, we will serve.
  • If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
  • It is a kingly act to assist the fallen.
  • Joy is the sign of union with God, of God’s presence.
  • Joy to be fruitful has to be shared.
  • 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.
  • Love cannot remain by itself — it has no meaning. Love has to be put into action, and that action is service,
  • Love is not patronizing and charity isn’t about pity, it is about love. Charity and love are the same — with charity you give love, so don’t just give money but reach out your hand instead.
  • Many people mistake our work for our vocation. Our vocation is the love of Jesus.
  • More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered one.
  • No matter how tired you are, no matter how physically exhausting this work may be, it’s beautiful to bring a smile into someone’s life, to care for someone in need. What greater joy can there be?
  • Please choose the way of peace…In the short term there may be winners and losers in this war that we all dread. But that never can, nor never will justify the suffering, pain and loss of life your weapons will cause.
  • The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow.  Do good anyway.
  • The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it.
  • The Simple Path – Silence is Prayer; Prayer is Faith; Faith is Love; Love is Service; The Fruit of Service is Peace.
  • 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 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.
  • There should be less talk … take a broom and clean someone’s house.  That says enough.
  • We have only today. Let us begin.
  • 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.
  • Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.

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