The Best Mother Teresa Quotes

Mother Teresa exemplified love, compassion and mercy. This is a collection of Mother Teresa quotes that inspire and lift up the heart with topics such as quotes on love, quotes on God, quotes on peace and other great topics that express the love in her heart.

Mother Teresa Quotes

Mother Teresa Quotes on love


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

Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.

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

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


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

The greatest science in the world; in heaven and on earth; is love

Jesus said love one another. He didn’t say love the whole world

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

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

There is a terrible hunger for love. We all experience that in our lives – the pain, the loneliness. We must have the courage to recognize it. The poor you may have right in your own family. Find them. Love them

People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.

Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love

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

Intense love does not measure it just gives

Why can’t there be love that never gets tired

The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love.

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

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

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

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

Do not think that love in order to be genuine has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired. Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies


In the West we have a tendency to be profit-oriented, where everything is measured according to the results and we get caught up in being more and more active to generate results. In the East — especially in India — I find that people are more content to just be, to just sit around under a banyan tree for half a day chatting to each other. We Westerners would probably call that wasting time. But there is value to it. Being with someone, listening wihtout a clock and without anticipation of results, teaches us about love. The success of love is in the loving — it is not in the result of loving

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

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 that way or not does not determine the value of what we have done
~ Mother Teresa quotes on love

Mother Teresa quotes on loving your family

The way you help heal the world is you start with your own family


It is easy to love the people far away. 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 by taking care of the closest ones – the ones at home

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

What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family
~ Mother Teresa quotes on the importance of loving your family.

Mother Teresa Quotes on being Joyful

Joy is a net of love in which you can catch souls

One filled with joy preaches without preaching


Joy must be one of the pivots of our life. It is the token of a generous personality. Sometimes it is also a mantle that clothes a life of sacrifice and self-giving. A person who has this gift often reaches high summits. He or she is like sun in a community

If you are joyful, do not worry about Luke warmness. Joy will shine in your eyes and in your look, in your conversation and in your countenance. You will not be able to hide it because joy overflows
~ Mother Teresa quotes on joy

Mother Teresa Quotes on living life


A life not lived for others is not a life
~ Mother Teresa quotes

Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal


Life is a game, play it

Profound joy of the heart is like a magnet that indicates the path of life

Keep the corners of your mouth turned up. Speak in a low, persuasive tone. Listen; be teachable. Laugh at good stories and learn to tell them…For as long as you are green, you can grow

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is 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 too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it

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

Live simply so others may simply live


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
~ Mother Teresa quotes on living your life gracefully

Mother Teresa Quotes about God and prayer

When you have nothing left but God, you have more than enough to start over again
~ Mother Teresa quotes

I know God won’t give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish he didn’t trust me so much

Before you speak, it is necessary for you to listen,for God speaks in the silence of the heart

Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile

I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, he will not ask, ‘How many good things have you done in your life?’ rather he will ask, ‘How much love did you put into what you did

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

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


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

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

It is not enough for us to say: “I love God,” but I also have to love my neighbor.St. John says that you are a liar if you say you love Godand you don’t love your neighbor.How can you love God whom you do not see,if you do not love your neighbor whom you see, whom you touch, with whom you live?

Let nothing perturb you, nothing frighten you. All things pass. God does not change. Patience achieves everything

God made the world for the delight of human beings– if we could see His goodness everywhere, His concern for us, His awareness of our needs: the phone call we’ve waited for, the ride we are offered, the letter in the mail, just the little things He does for us throughout the day. As we remember and notice His love for us, we just begin to fall in love with Him because He is so busy with us — you just can’t resist Him. I believe there’s no such thing as luck in life, it’s God’s love, it’s His

If we pray, we will believe; If we believe, we will love; If we love, we will serve

Spread the love of God through your life but only use words when necessary

Prayer in action is love, love in action is service

Each one of them is Jesus in disguise


I do not pray for success, I ask for faithfulness

May God break my heart so completely that the whole world falls in

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

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

In the silence of the heart God speaks. If you face God in prayer and silence, God will speak to you. Then you will know that you are nothing. It is only when you realize your nothingness, your emptiness, that God can fill you with Himself. Souls of prayer are souls of great silence

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

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

Prayer is the mortar that holds our house together

Holiness does not consist in doing extraordinary things. It consists in accepting, with a smile, what Jesus sends us. It consists in accepting and following the will of God

In the final analysis it is between you and God, it was never between you and them anyway


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

But still, everything is for Jesus; so like that everything is beautiful, even though it is difficult

I just take one day. Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not come. We have only today to love Jesus

I have more often as my companion “darkness.” And when the night becomes very thick- and it seems to me as if I will end up in hell- then I simply offer myself to Jesus

As for me, the silence and the emptiness is so great, that I look and do not see, — Listen and do not hear — the tongue moves but does not speak … I want you to pray for me — that I let Him have free hand
~ Mother Teresa quotes on God and prayer

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Mother Teresa Quotes on peace

Peace begins with a smile
~ Mother Teresa quotes

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


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

In the home begins the disruption of the peace of the world

The Simple Path
Silence is Prayer
Prayer is Faith
Faith is Love
Love is Service
The Fruit of Service is Peace

I must be willing to give whatever it takes to do good to others. This requires that I be willing to give until it hurts. Otherwise, there is no true love in me, and I bring injustice, not peace, to those around me
~ Mother Teresa quotes on peace

Mother Teresa quotes about being of service


Work without love is slavery
~ Mother Teresa quotes

Everything that is not given is lost


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

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

Make us worthy, Lord, to serve those people throughout the worldwho 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.

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

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

Only in heaven will we see how much we owe to the poorfor helping us to love God better because of them.

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


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

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

I would rather make mistakes in kindness and compassion than work miracles in unkindness and hardness

Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you

One truly must have suffered oneself to help others

Hungry for love, He looks at you. Thirsty for kindness, He begs of you. Naked for loyalty, He hopes in you. Homeless for shelter in your heart, He asks of you. Will you be that one to Him

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 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
~ Mother Teresa quotes on being of service

Other Great Mother Teresa Quotes

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless
~ Mother Teresa quotes

Never travel faster than your guardian angel can fly



May today there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us

If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are

It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish

Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person

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

When you don’t have anything, then you have everything

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


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

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

It is a kingly act to assist the fallen

There are many people who can do big things, but there are very few people who will do the small things

To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it

There should be less talk; a preaching point is not a meeting point. What do you do then? Take a broom and clean someone’s house. That says enough

If I look at the mass I will never act

Do small things, with great love


One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody

He who is faultless does not care for the opinion of others

Each of us is merely a small instrument; all of us, after accomplishing our mission, will disappear

‎Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment

There’s nothing more calming in difficult moments than knowing there’s some one fighting with you

Violence of the tongue is very real- sharper than any knife.

We want to create hope for the person … we must give hope, always hope

Do not allow yourselves to be disheartened by any failureas long as you have done your best


The more you have, the more you are occupied, the less you give.But the less you have the more free you are. Poverty for us is a freedom.It is not a mortification, a penance. It is joyful freedom.There is no television here, no this, no that.But we are perfectly happy.
~Mother Teresa quotes

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