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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


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


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


Other 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


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


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.




  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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