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49 Quotes from Mother Teresa on Service, Life, and Happiness



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Looking for inspirational Mother Teresa quotes about living a meaningful life?

There is no denying that Mother Teresa was a shining light to many.

A woman who was loving, selfless, and wise. She dedicated her life to helping others, but she also shared her wisdom with us all. In this way, she gave to so many more than the lives she physically touched.

No matter what your belief system, there is much to be learned and gained from someone so selfless and loving, so kind and considerate, and someone so revered for very good reason. Here are some of her best thoughts.


Mother Teresa Quotes about Love, Family and Service

1.) “Spread the love of God through your life but only use words when necessary.” – Mother Teresa


2.) “Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” – Mother Teresa


3.) “Joy is strength.” – Mother Teresa


4.) “Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” – Mother Teresa

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5.) “The person who gives with a smile is the best giver because God loves a cheerful giver.” – Mother Teresa


6.) “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.” – Mother Teresa


7.) “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.” – Mother Teresa


8.) “I know God won’t give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish he didn’t trust me so much.” – Mother Teresa


9.) “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.” – Mother Teresa


10.) “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.” – Mother Teresa


11.) “I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.” – Mother Teresa

mother teresa quotes about love12.) “Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” – Mother Teresa


13.) “It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” – Mother Teresa


14.) “I’m a little pencil in the hand of a writing God, who is sending a love letter to the world.” – Mother Teresa


15.) “Even the rich are hungry for love, for being cared for, for being wanted, for having someone to call their own.” – Mother Teresa


16.) “What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.” – Mother Teresa


17.) “Love to be real, it must cost—it must hurt—it must empty us of self.” – Mother Teresa


18.) “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” – Mother Teresa

mother teresa quotes about life19.) “Go out into the world today and love the people you meet. Let your presence light new light in the hearts of people.” – Mother Teresa


20.) “Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.” – Mother Teresa


21.) “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” – Mother Teresa


22.) “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.” – Mother Teresa

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Inspirational Mother Teresa Quotes on Service

23.) “A life not lived for others is not a life.” – Mother Teresa


24.) “I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.” – Mother Teresa

mother teresa quotes about life25.) “What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight; build it anyway.” – Mother Teresa


26.) “There are many people who can do big things, but there are very few people who will do the small things.” – Mother Teresa


27.) “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.” – Mother Teresa


28.) “Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.” – Mother Teresa


29.) “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.” – Mother Teresa

mother teresa quotes about family30.) “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.” – Mother Teresa


31.) “The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted.” – Mother Teresa


32.) “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.” – Mother Teresa


33.) “Prayer is the mortar that holds our house together.” – Mother Teresa

Quotes of Mother Teresa about worry

34.) “Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.” – Mother Teresa

mother teresa quotes about family35.) “If we pray, we will believe; If we believe, we will love; If we love, we will serve.”– Mother Teresa


36.) “Loneliness is the leprosy of the modern world.” – Mother Teresa


37.) “We learn humility through accepting humiliations cheerfully.” – Mother Teresa


38.) “The trees, the flowers, the plants grow in silence. The stars, the sun, the moon move in silence. Silence gives us a new perspective.” – Mother Teresa


39.) “The fruit of Silence is Prayer; The fruit of Prayer is Faith; The fruit of Faith is Love; The fruit of Love is Service; The fruit of Service is Peace” – Mother Teresa

mother teresa quotes about life40.) “He who is faultless does not care for the opinion of others.” – Mother Teresa


41.) “I will never understand all the good that a simple smile can accomplish.” – Mother Teresa


Which Mother Teresa quote resonate with you? What other quotes by Mother Teresa would you add to the list?

Mother Teresa will not only be remembered for her generosity, faith, and service, but more for her certainty that we need to love one another. I hope you will carry these Mother Teresa quotes with you as a reminder of the good of people, and the world – no matter how tough things get.