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Inspiring Quotes by Mother Teresa on Kindness, Love, and Charity

Most Inspiring Quotes by Mother Teresa

Our latest collection of quotes by Mother Teresa about living a life of compassion and purpose.

Mother Teresa is admired by millions because of her charitable work and the lives she touched.

Some of her views were controversial, but no one can deny the power of her words and actions!

Mother Teresa’s quote, “I was once asked why I don’t participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I’ll be there”, lead me to want to find out more about her.

I soon bought the book, Love: The Words and Inspiration of Mother Teresa, that inspired me to write Vid’s Viddles.

I’m going to share with you 50 of the best quotes by Mother Teresa that I assure you will inspire you to appreciate life more, love more, and find beauty all around you.

These came from the book I mentioned earlier, as well as her other book, Where There Is Love, There is God, as well as her interviews.

Mother Teresa, known in the Roman Catholic Church as Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Born Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu

26 August 1910 – 5 September 1997

Powerful Quotes by Mother Teresa on Kindness and Love

1.) “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” – Mother Teresa

Most Inspiring Quotes by Mother Teresa about life

2.) “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa

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

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

5.) “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” – Mother Teresa

6.) “God doesn’t require us to succeed; he only requires that you try.” – Mother Teresa

7.) “Live simply so others may simply live.” – Mother Teresa

8.) “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.” – Mother Teresa

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

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

11.) “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.” – Mother Teresa

Most Inspiring Quotes by Mother Teresa

12.) “Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired.” – Mother Teresa

13.) “Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.” – Mother Teresa

14.) “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.” – Mother Teresa

15.) “Good works are links that form a chain of love.” – Mother Teresa

  

Inspiring Quotes by Mother Teresa on Charity

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

17.) “I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I don’t 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?’” – Mother Teresa

18.) “I do not pray for success, I ask for faithfulness.” – Mother Teresa

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

Most Inspiring Quotes by Mother Teresa

20.) “I think I’m more difficult than critical.” – Mother Teresa

21.) “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.” – Mother Teresa

22.) “I want you to be concerned about your next door neighbor. Do you know your next door neighbor?” – Mother Teresa

23.) “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” – Mother Teresa

24.) “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” – Mother Teresa

25.) “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

26.) “It is a kingly act to assist the fallen.” – Mother Teresa

27.) “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.” – Mother Teresa

28.) “Intense love does not measure, it just gives.” – Mother Teresa

29.) “It is not the magnitude of our actions but the amount of love that is put into them that matters.” – Mother Teresa

30.) “It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.” – Mother Teresa

Most Inspiring Quotes by Mother Teresa

31.) “Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.” – Mother Teresa

More Mother Teresa Quotes on Giving

32.) “Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.” – Mother Teresa

33.) “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.” – Mother Teresa

34.) “Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.” – Mother Teresa

35.) “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.” – Mother Teresa

36.) “Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.” – Mother Teresa

37.) “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

38.) “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” – Mother Teresa

Uplifting Mother Teresa Quotes on Peace

39.) “Peace begins with a smile.” – Mother Teresa

40.) “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

Most Inspiring Quotes by Mother Teresa

41.) “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.” – Mother Teresa

42.) “There is more hunger in the world for love and appreciation in this world than for bread.” – Mother Teresa

43.) “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.” – Mother Teresa

44.) “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.” – Mother Teresa

Quotes by Mother Teresa on Joy

45.) “Joy is prayer; joy is strength: joy is love; joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.” – Mother Teresa

46.) “One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.” – Mother Teresa

47.) “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, or never will justify the suffering, pain and loss of life your weapons will cause.” – Mother Teresa

48.) “I have never been in a war before, but I have seen famine and death. I was asking (myself) what do they feel when they do this? I don’t understand it. They are all children of God. Why do they do it? I don’t understand.” – Mother Teresa

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

50.) “We fear the future because we are wasting today.” – Mother Teresa

Most Inspiring Quotes by Mother Teresa

Beautiful quotes by Mother Teresa that will touch you

51.) “If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are.” – Mother Teresa

52.) “Do ordinary things with extraordinary love.” – Mother Teresa

53.) “Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love but to use violence to get what they want.” – Mother Teresa

54.) “Words which do not give the light of Christ increase the darkness.” – Mother Teresa

55.) “We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.” – Mother Teresa

56.) “When you don’t have anything, then you have everything.” ― Mother Teresa

quotes by mother teresa to live by

57.) “Love begins by taking care of the closest ones – the ones at home.” ― Mother Teresa

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

59.) “Profound joy of the heart is like a magnet that indicates the path of life.” ― Mother Teresa

60.) “I prefer you to make mistakes in kindness than work miracles in unkindness.” ― Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa quotes on love and life

61.) “We do not need guns and bombs to bring peace, we need love and compassion.” – ― Mother Teresa

62.) “If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.” ― Mother Teresa

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

64.) “Life is a song, sing it. Life is a struggle, accept it.” ― Mother Teresa

65.) “It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.” ― Mother Teresa

66.) “Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is beauty, admire it. Life is a dream, realize it.” ― Mother Teresa

67.) “Work without love is slavery.” ― Mother Teresa

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

69.) “Jesus said love one another. He didn’t say love the whole world.” ― Mother Teresa

love quotes by mother teresa

70.) “Some people come in our life as blessings. Some come in your life as lessons.” ― Mother Teresa

Inspirational quotes by Mother Teresa

71.) “A life not lived for others is not a life.” ― Mother Teresa

72.) “I want you to be concerned about your next-door neighbor. Do you know your next-door neighbor?” ― Mother Teresa

73.) “If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.” ― Mother Teresa

74.) “What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight; build it anyway.” ― Mother Teresa

75.) “How can there be too many children? That is like saying there are too many flowers.” ― Mother Teresa

76.) “‎Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” ― Mother Teresa

quotes by mother teresa on discipline

77.) “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.” ― Mother Teresa

78.) “If we really want to love we must learn how to forgive.” ― Mother Theresa

79.) “I fear just one thing: Money! Greed
was what motivated Judas to sell Jesus” ― Mother Theresa

80.) “Life is a challenge, we must take it.” ― Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa quotes on love and life

81.) “If you are discouraged, it is a sign of pride because it shows you trust in your own powers.” ― Mother Teresa

82.) “It is only when you realize your nothingness, your emptiness, that God can fill you with Himself.” ― Mother Teresa

83.) “I am only a pencil in the hand of God, but it is He who writes.” ― Mother Teresa

84.) “The fruit of love is service, which is compassion in action.”― Mother Teresa

inspirational quotes by mother teresa

85.) “There is a light in this world, a healing spirit more powerful than any darkness we may encounter.”― Mother Teresa

86.) “I don’t do great things. I do small things with great love.”― Mother Teresa

87.) “Sometimes a good feeling from inside is worth much more than a beautician.” ― Mother Teresa

88.) “If we worry too much about ourselves, we won’t have time for others”
Mother Teresa

89.) “The less we have, the more we give. Seems absurd, but it’s the logic of love.” ― Mother Teresa

90.) “Let us all smile at each other for a smile is the beginning of love.”
Mother Teresa

More quotes by Mother Teresa to live by

91.) “The openness of our hearts and minds can be measured by how wide we draw the circle of what we call family.”― Mother Teresa

92.) “The fruit of faith is love,and the fruit of love is service…spread love everywhere u go..”― Mother Teresa

93.) “The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.”― Mother Teresa

94.) “I go of my free choice, with the blessing of obedience.” ― Mother Theresa

95.) “Together we can do great things.”― Mother Teresa

mother teresa quotes on togetherness

96.) “Poverty was not created by God. It is we who have caused it, you and I through our egotism.” ― Mother Teresa

97.) “We are not called to be successful, but faithful.” ― Mother Teresa

98.) “The greatest mistake is to think you are too strong to fall into temptation. Put your finger in the fire and it will burn. So we have to go through the fire.”― Mother Teresa

99.) “If we are humble, nothing will change us, neither praise, nor discouragement.”― Mother Teresa

100.) “Do not allow yourselves to be disheartened by any failure as long as you have done your best.”― Mother Teresa

Which of these beautiful quotes by Mother Teresa touched you the most, and why?

As you can see, Mother Teresa was big on love, giving, and being there for others. Truth is, we all can love more and lend a helping hand more often.

We are in a time when people are more selfish and take theirs – and other’s lives – for granted.

Perhaps, these quotes by Mother Teresa will inspire you (and others) to start where she left off; helping the less fortunate and loving all despite our differences.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Loretta Helton da Silva

    May 25, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    Thank you so much for these awesome quotes from Mother Teresa. I am trying to raise awareness for the Native American children who are cared for by St Josephs Indian School. I wanted to include one of her quotes and actually found two. This is a fund raiser on my Facebook page, but wanted everyone to know it’s not for me, it’s for the children so they can donate without going through Facebook. God Bless You.

    • Joann Stone

      September 20, 2018 at 10:55 am

      Hello, I too love all her quotes! She was a special woman. Was looking for special quotes to send to my Native American friends, even though their lives are already filled with love ,kindness and pease !

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