ᐅ125+ Mother Teresa Quotes on Life, Love and Kindness

"If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives: Be kind anyway. If you are successful you will win some false friends and true enemies: Succeed anyway. If you are honest and frank people will try to cheat you: Be honest anyway. What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight: Build anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous of you: Be happy anyway. The good you do today, will often be forgotten by tomorrow: Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough: Give your best anyway." ~ Mother Teresa

"Small things done with great love will change the world." ~ Mother Teresa

"Some people come in our life as blessings. Some come in your life as lessons." ~ Mother Teresa

"Your true character Is most accurately measured by how you treat those who can do 'Nothing' for you" ~ Mother Teresa

"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. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway." ~ Mother Teresa

"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

"I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things." ~ Mother Teresa

"I used to believe that prayer changes things, but now I know that prayer changes us, and we change things." ~ Mother Teresa

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

"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

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

"If you want to change the world, go home and love your family." ~ Mother Teresa

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

"I don't do great things. I do small things with great love." ~ Mother Teresa

"There is no key to happiness; the door is always open" ~ Mother Teresa

"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

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

"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." ~ Mother Teresa

"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

"Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier." ~ Mother Teresa

"God didn't call me to be successful, He called me to be faithful." ~ Mother Teresa

"God doesn't require us to succeed, he only requires that you try." ~ Mother Teresa

"If you judge people, you have no time to love them." ~ Mother Teresa

"Do ordinary things with extraordinary love." ~ Mother Teresa

"I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples." ~ Mother Teresa

"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?" ~ Mother Teresa

"The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread." ~ Mother Teresa

"You are greater than you know." ~ Mother Teresa

"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." ~ Mother Teresa

"May today be peace within. May you trust your highest power that you are exactly where you are meant to be... May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith. May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you... May you be content knowing you are a child of God... Let this presence 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 you." ~ Mother Teresa

"The highest form of worship is to find the least among you and treat them like Jesus." ~ Mother Teresa

"God does not create poverty; we do, because we do not share." ~ Mother Teresa

"One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody." ~ Mother Teresa

"Helping hands are better than Praying Lips" ~ Mother Teresa

"Be happy in the moment, that's enough. Each moment is all we need, not more." ~ Mother Teresa

"The problem with the world is that we draw the circle of our family too small." ~ Mother Teresa

"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." ~ Mother Teresa

"When you know how much God is in love with you then you can only live your life radiating that love." ~ Mother Teresa

"Do you want to do something beautiful for God? There is a person who needs you. This is your chance." ~ Mother Teresa

"Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty." ~ Mother Teresa

"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

"Intense love does not measure, it just gives." ~ Mother Teresa

"There is much suffering in the world - physical, material, mental. The suffering of some can be blamed on the greed of others. The material and physical suffering is suffering from hunger, from homelessness, from all kinds of diseases. But the greatest suffering is being lonely, feeling unloved, having no one. I have come more and more to realize that it is being unwanted that is the worst disease that any human being can ever experience." ~ Mother Teresa

"What we sometimes consider a stumbling block is rather a rock we can step on." ~ Mother Teresa

"If each of us would only sweep our own doorstep, the whole World would be clean." ~ Mother Teresa

"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

"There is a light in this world, a healing spirit more powerful than any darkness we may encounter." ~ Mother Teresa

"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." ~ Mother Teresa

"Give your hands to serve and your hearts to love." ~ Mother Teresa

"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." ~ Mother Teresa

"Be the living expression of God's kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile." ~ Mother Teresa

"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." ~ Mother Teresa

"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." ~ Mother Teresa

"If you are discouraged it is a sign of pride because it shows you trust in your own power. Your self-sufficiency, your selfishness and your intellectual pride will inhibit His coming to live in your heart because God cannot fill what is already full. It is as simple as that." ~ Mother Teresa

"We have only today. Let us begin" ~ Mother Teresa

"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." ~ Mother Teresa

"On the British Royal Divorce (Charles and Dianna). She is such a sad soul. It is good that it is over. Nobody was happy anyhow. I know I should preach family love and unity, but in their case. . . ." ~ Mother Teresa

"Saints are only sinners who keep trying." ~ Mother Teresa

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

"Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is beauty, admire it. Life is a dream, realize it" ~ Mother Teresa

"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." ~ Mother Teresa

"Never be so busy as not to think of others." ~ Mother Teresa

"Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable. Be honest and transparent anyway." ~ Mother Teresa

"Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies." ~ Mother Teresa

"Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love but to use violence to get what they want." ~ Mother Teresa

"To Almighty God, it's not how much we give, but how much love we put in the giving. Love is not measured by how much we do; love is measured by how much love we put in; how much it is hurting us in loving." ~ Mother Teresa

"Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand." ~ Mother Teresa

"You can pray while you work. Work doesn't stop prayer and prayer doesn't stop work. It requires only that small raising of the mind to him: I love you God, I trust you, I believe in you, I need you now. Small things like that. They are wonderful prayers." ~ Mother Teresa

"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 my Everything." ~ Mother Teresa

"Love begins by taking care of the closest ones - the ones at home." ~ Mother Teresa

"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." ~ Mother Teresa

"There is a famine in America. Not a famine of food, but of love, of truth, of life." ~ Mother Teresa

"These are the few ways we can practice humility: To speak as little as possible of one's self. To mind one's own business. Not to want to manage other people's affairs. To avoid curiosity. To accept contradictions and correction cheerfully. To pass over the mistakes of others. To accept insults and injuries. To accept being slighted, forgotten and disliked. To be kind and gentle even under provocation. Never to stand on one's dignity. To choose always the hardest." ~ Mother Teresa

"I trust that God wouldn't give me more than I can handle. I just wish he didn't have such faith in me." ~ Mother Teresa

"Whatever our religion, we know that if we really want to love, we must first learn to forgive before anything else." ~ Mother Teresa

"Whenever you share love with others, you'll notice the peace that comes to you and to them." ~ Mother Teresa

"Love to be real, it must cost—it must hurt—it must empty us of self." ~ Mother Teresa

"We must not be surprised when we hear of murders, killings, of wars, or of hatred...If a mother can kill her own child, what is left but for us to kill each other?" ~ Mother Teresa

"Death is nothing else but going home to God, the bond of love will be unbroken for all eternity." ~ Mother Teresa

"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." ~ Mother Teresa

"God gives us things to share, God doesn't give us things to hold." ~ Mother Teresa

"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

"People are generally irrational, unreasonable and selfish. They deserve to be loved, anyway." ~ Mother Teresa

"The poor are great! The poor are wonderful! The poor are very generous! They give us much more than what we give them." ~ Mother Teresa

"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." ~ Mother Teresa

"Abortion kills twice. It kills the body of the baby and it kills the conscience of the mother. Abortion is profoundly anti-women. Three quarters of its victims are women: Half the babies and all the mothers." ~ Mother Teresa

"The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has sown violence and discord at the heart of the most intimate human relationships. It has aggravated the derogation of the father's role in an increasingly fatherless society. It has portrayed the greatest of gifts--a child--as a competitor, an intrusion and an inconvenience.. ." ~ Mother Teresa

"If you have a sick or lonely person at home, be there. Maybe just to hold a hand, maybe just to give a smile, that is the greatest, the most beautiful work." ~ Mother Teresa

"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." ~ Mother Teresa

"People are unreasonable, illogical and self-centered. Love them anyway.... Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway.... What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway. .. Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth. Give the world the best you've got anyway." ~ Mother Teresa

"It is a kingly act to assist the fallen." ~ Mother Teresa

"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

"If you are successful, you will win some false friends & some true enemies: Succeed anyway" ~ Mother Teresa

"If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one." ~ Mother Teresa

"It is very important that children learn from their fathers and mothers how to love one another- not in the school, not from the teacher, but from you. It is very important that you share with your children the joy of that smile. There will be misunderstandings; every family has its cross, its suffering. Always be the first to forgive with a smile. Be cheerful, be happy." ~ Mother Teresa

"Human rights are not a privilege conferred by government. They are every human being's entitlement by virtue of his humanity." ~ Mother Teresa

"Do you want to be great? Pick up a broom and sweep the floor." ~ Mother Teresa

"In the end, dear friend, it is always between us and God, not between us and them." ~ Mother Teresa

"Do you really know the living Jesus - not from books but from being with Him in your heart? Have you heard the loving words He speaks to you?... The devil may try to use the hurts of life, and sometimes our own mistakes - to make you feel it is impossible that Jesus really loves you, is really cleaving to you. This is a danger for all of us. And so sad, because it is completely the opposite of what Jesus is really wanting, waiting to tell you. Not only that He loves you, but even more - He longs for you." ~ Mother Teresa

"May God break my heart so completely that the whole world falls in." ~ Mother Teresa

"A life not lived for others is not a life." ~ Mother Teresa

"If we pray, we will believe; If we believe, we will love; If we love, we will serve." ~ Mother Teresa

"You may be exhausted with work, you may even kill yourself, but unless your work is interwoven with love, it is useless. To work without love is slavery." ~ Mother Teresa

"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." ~ Mother Teresa

"The woman is at the heart of the home. Let us pray that we women realize the reason for our existence: to love and be loved and through this love become instruments of peace in the world." ~ Mother Teresa

"If your Eyes are Positive, You will Love the World. But if Your Tongue is Positive, The World will Love you." ~ Mother Teresa

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

"God does not require that we be successful only that we be faithful." ~ Mother Teresa

"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?" ~ Mother Teresa

"It is not the magnitude of our actions, but the amount of love that is put into them that matters." ~ Mother Teresa

"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." ~ Mother Teresa

"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 at all. Do it for peace." ~ Mother Teresa

"Do not let the past disturb you, just leave everything in the Sacred Heart and begin again with joy." ~ Mother Teresa

"The openness of our hearts and minds can be measured by how wide we draw the circle of what we call family." ~ Mother Teresa

"What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family." ~ Mother Teresa

"When Christ said: "I was hungry and you fed me," he didn't mean only the hunger for bread and for food; he also meant the hunger to be loved. Jesus himself experienced this loneliness." ~ Mother Teresa

"The dying, the cripple, the mental, the unwanted, the unloved-- they are Jesus in disguise." ~ Mother Teresa

"Life is a song, sing it. Life is a struggle, accept it." ~ Mother Teresa

"The greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion, which is war against the child. The mother doesn't learn to love, but kills to solve her own problems. Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want." ~ Mother Teresa

"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." ~ Mother Teresa

"Don't expect your friend to be a perfect person. Help your friend to become a perfect person. That is true friendship" ~ Mother Teresa

"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

"If you give what you do not need, it is not giving." ~ Mother Teresa

"Be kind to each other. It is better to commit faults with gentleness than to work miracles with unkindness." ~ Mother Teresa

"The fruit of love is service. The fruit of service is peace. And peace begins with a smile." ~ Mother Teresa

"When Mother Teresa received the Nobel Prize, she was asked, "What can we do to promote world peace?" She answered "Go home and love your family." ~ Mother Teresa

"People are unrealistic, illogical, and self-centered. Love them anyway." ~ Mother Teresa

"Let us not use bombs and guns to overcome the world. Let us use love and compassion. Peace begins with a smile." ~ Mother Teresa

"Life is an adventure, dare it." ~ Mother Teresa

"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." ~ Mother Teresa

"The greatest good is what we do for others." ~ Mother Teresa

"There are some people who, in order not to pray use as an excuse the fact that life is so hectic that it prevents us from praying. This cannot be. Prayer does not demand that we interrupt our work, but that we continue working as if it were a prayer. It is not necessary to always be in meditation, nor to consciously experience the sensation that we are talking to God, no matter how nice that would be. What matters is being with Him, living in Him, in His will. To love with a pure heart, to love everybody, especially to live the poor, is a twenty-four hour prayer." ~ Mother Teresa

"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." ~ Mother Teresa

"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." ~ Mother Teresa

"If you think well of others, you will also speak well of others and to others. From the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. If your heart is full of love, you will speak of love." ~ Mother Teresa

"The fruit of love is service, which is compassion in action." ~ Mother Teresa

"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." ~ Mother Teresa

"If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are." ~ Mother Teresa

"We must make our homes centers of compassion and forgive endlessly." ~ Mother Teresa

"I'm a little pencil in the hand of a writing God, who is sending a love letter to the world." ~ Mother Teresa

"There are many people who can do big things, but there are very few people who will do the small things." ~ Mother Teresa

"Do not allow yourselves to be disheartened by any failure as long as you have done your best." ~ Mother Teresa

"It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish." ~ Mother Teresa

"It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you." ~ Mother Teresa

"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

"Do not worry about why problems exist in the world - just respond to people's needs." ~ Mother Teresa

"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

"The future is not in our hands. We have no power over it. We can act only today. We have a sentence in our Constitution that says: 'We will allow the good God to make plans for the future - for yesterday has gone, tomorrow has not yet come and we have only today to make Him known, loved and served.' So we do not worry about the future." ~ Mother Teresa

"If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway." ~ Mother Teresa

"Love is proved by deeds; the more they cost us, the greater the proof of our love." ~ Mother Teresa

"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." ~ Mother Teresa

"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." ~ Mother Teresa

"I think the world today is upside down, and is suffering so much, because there is so very little love in the homes and in family life." ~ Mother Teresa

"My secret is simple -- I pray." ~ Mother Teresa

"Unless a life is lived for others, it is not worthwhile." ~ Mother Teresa

"Live simply so others may simply live." ~ Mother Teresa

"We the willing, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much, with so little, for so long, we are now qualified to do anything, with nothing." ~ Mother Teresa

"Love until it hurts. Real love is always painful and hurts: then it is real and pure." ~ Mother Teresa

"The way you help heal the world is you start with your own family." ~ Mother Teresa

"May God give back to you in love all the love you have given." ~ Mother Teresa

"We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do." ~ Mother Teresa

"The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway." ~ Mother Teresa

"We are called to be contemplatives. ..by seeking the face of God in everything, everyone, everywhere, all the time." ~ Mother Teresa

"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." ~ Mother Teresa

"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. ---Before you speak, it is necessary for you to listen, for God speaks in the silence of the heart. Speak tenderly to them. 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." ~ Mother Teresa

"Never Let Anyone Come to You Without Coming Away Better and Happier" ~ Mother Teresa

"In the developed countries there is a poverty of intimacy, a poverty of spirit, of loneliness, of lack of love. There is no greater sickness in the world today than that one." ~ Mother Teresa

"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

"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." ~ Mother Teresa

"The beginning of peace is a smile" ~ Mother Teresa

"At the hour of death when we all come face to face with God we are going to be judged on love: how much we have loved, not how much we have done but how much love we have put in our action." ~ Mother Teresa

"Words which do not give the light of Christ increase the darkness." ~ Mother Teresa

"We need prayer to understand God's love for us. If we really mean to pray and want to pray we must be ready to do it now. These are only the first steps towards prayer but if we never make the first step with determination, we will not reach the last one: the presence of God" ~ Mother Teresa

"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

"Do we know our poor people? Do we know the poor in our house, in our family? Perhaps they are not hungry for a piece of bread. Perhaps our children, husband, wife, are not hungry, or naked, or dispossessed, but are you sure there is no one there who feels unwanted, deprived of affection?" ~ Mother Teresa

"What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight; build it anyway." ~ Mother Teresa

"Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person." ~ Mother Teresa

"Love should be as natural as living and breathing." ~ Mother Teresa

"Doctors can heal the body, but it is music that uplifts the spirit." ~ Mother Teresa

"Before you speak, it is necessary for you to listen, for God speaks in the silence of the heart." ~ Mother Teresa

"Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary." ~ Mother Teresa

"The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion." ~ Mother Teresa

"Humility is the mother of all virtues; purity, charity and obedience. It is in being humble that our love becomes real, devoted and ardent. If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are. If you are blamed you will not be discouraged. If they call you a saint you will not put yourself on a pedestal." ~ Mother Teresa

"God has identified himself with the hungry, the sick, the naked, the homeless; hunger not only for bread, but for love, for care, to be somebody to someone; nakedness, not for clothing only, but nakedness of that compassion that very few people give to the unknown; homelessness, not only just for a shelter made from stone but for that homelessness that comes from having no one to call your own." ~ Mother Teresa

"We learn humility through accepting humiliations cheerfully." ~ Mother Teresa

"You must give what will cost you something. This, then, is not just giving what you can live without but what you can't live without or don't want to live without, something you really like. Then your gift becomes a sacrifice, which will have value before God. Any sacrifice is useful if it is done out of love. This giving until it hurts - this sacrifice - is what I call love in action." ~ Mother Teresa

"In the final analysis it is between you and God, it was never between you and them anyway." ~ Mother Teresa

"It is not enough for us to say: I love God, but I do not love my neighbour. St. John says you are a liar if you say you love God and you don't love your neighbour. 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." ~ Mother Teresa

"If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway." ~ Mother Teresa

"Together we can do great things." ~ Mother Teresa

"... do not spare me in anything -- let there be less and less of me in everything." ~ Mother Teresa

"Spread the love of God through your life but only use words when necessary." ~ Mother Teresa

"Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls." ~ Mother Teresa

"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." ~ Mother Teresa

"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

"Prayer in action is love, love in action is service." ~ Mother Teresa

"Never travel faster than your guardian angel can fly." ~ Mother Teresa

"Jesus said love one another. He didn't say love the whole world." ~ Mother Teresa

"Like her [Mary], let us be full of zeal to go in haste to give Jesus to others. She was full of grace when, at the Annunciation, she received Jesus. Like her. we too become full of grace every time we receive Holy Communion. It is the same Jesus whom she received and whom we receive at Mass. As soon as she received Him. she went with haste to give Him to John. For us also. As soon as we receive Jesus in Holy Communion, let us go in haste to give Him to our sisters, to our poor, to the sick, to the dying, to the lepers, to the unwanted, and the unloved. By this we make Jesus present in the world today." ~ Mother Teresa

"Find your own Calcutta. Find the sick, the suffering and the lonely right there where you are." ~ Mother Teresa

"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

"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." ~ Mother Teresa

"The more you forget yourself, the more Jesus will think of you." ~ Mother Teresa

"I will never tire of repeating this: what the poor need the most is not pity but love. They need to feel respect for their human dignity, which is neither less nor different from the dignity of any other human being." ~ Mother Teresa

"Success will win you false friends and true enemies - succeed anyway." ~ Mother Teresa

"The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it." ~ Mother Teresa

"Be faithful to the time spent in prayer and make sure that at least half of your prayer is spent in silence. This will bring you closer to Jesus. If you deepen your prayer life you will grow in holiness and obtain many graces for the souls entrusted to your care. Deepen your love for one another by praying for each other and by sharing thoughts and graces you have received in prayer and reading." ~ Mother Teresa

"Loneliness is the leprosy of the modern world." ~ Mother Teresa

"The simplest way of becoming his light is by being kind and loving, thoughtful, and sincere with others: 'By this they will know that you are his disciples.'" ~ Mother Teresa

"One day there springs up the desire for money and for all that money can provide — the superfluous, luxury in eating, luxury in dressing, trifles. Needs increase because one thing calls for another. The result is uncontrollable dissatisfaction. Let us remain as empty as possible so that God can fill us up." ~ Mother Teresa

"I once picked up a woman from a garbage dump and she was burning with fever; she was in her last days and her only lament was: My son did this to me. I begged her: You must forgive your son. In a moment of madness, when he was not himself, he did a thing he regrets. Be a mother to him, forgive him. It took me a long time to make her say: I forgive my son. Just before she died in my arms, she was able to say that with a real forgiveness. She was not concerned that she was dying. The breaking of the heart was that her son did not want her. This is something you and I can understand." ~ Mother Teresa

"We can do no great things-only small things with great love." ~ Mother Teresa

"Love has no meaning if it isn't shared. We have been created for greater things - to love and to be loved... To love a person without any conditions, without any expectations. Small things, done in great love, bring joy and peace. To love, it is necessary to give. To give, it is necessary to be free from selfishness." ~ Mother Teresa

"If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; Be honest and frank anyway." ~ Mother Teresa

"To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it." ~ Mother Teresa

"We are not here to be successful, we are here to be FAITHFUL" ~ Mother Teresa

"We must not drift away from the humble works, because these are the works nobody will do. It is never too small. We are so small we look at things in a small way. But God, being Almighty, sees everything great. Therefore, even if you write a letter for a blind man or you just go sit and listen, or you take the mail for him, or you visit somebody or bring a flower to somebody-small things-or wash clothes for somebody, or clean the house. Very humble work, that is where you and I must be. For there are many people who can do big things. But there are very few people who will do the small things." ~ Mother Teresa

"We must know that we have been created for greater things, not just to be a number in the world, not just to go for diplomas and degrees, this work and that work. We have been created in order to love and to be loved." ~ Mother Teresa

"For all those who make such stories which are not true, I only say God forgive all these people. I feel sorry for them because they are doing so much harm to themselves." ~ Mother Teresa

"One filled with joy preaches without preaching." ~ Mother Teresa

"Make sure that you let God's grace work in your souls by accepting whatever He gives you, and giving Him whatever He takes from you. True holiness consists in doing God's work with a smile." ~ Mother Teresa

"When you love till it hurts, there will be no hurt left, just love." ~ Mother Teresa

"If faith is lacking, it is because there is too much selfishness, too much concern for personal gain. For faith to be true, it has to be generous and loving. Love and faith go together, they complete each other." ~ Mother Teresa

"Nobody can convert you except God." ~ Mother Teresa

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

"Everything that is not given is lost." ~ Mother Teresa

"Give, but give until it hurts." ~ Mother Teresa

"The less we have, the more we give. Seems absurd, but it's the logic of love." ~ Mother Teresa

"Silence gives us a new way of looking at something." ~ Mother Teresa

"The greatest science in the world; in heaven and on earth; is love." ~ Mother Teresa

"Little things are indeed little, but to be faithful in little things is a great thing." ~ Mother Teresa

"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." ~ Mother Teresa

"We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty." ~ Mother Teresa

"Peace begins with a smile. I will never understand all the good that a simple smile can accomplish." ~ Mother Teresa

"In order to keep the lamp burning you have to keep putting the oil in it." ~ Mother Teresa

"God never sends us more than we can handle." ~ Mother Teresa

"Love has a hem to her garment that reaches to the very dust. It sweeps the stains from the streets and lanes, and because it can, it must." ~ Mother Teresa

"Only humility will lead us to unity, and unity will lead to peace." ~ Mother Teresa

"Prayer is the breath of life to our soul; holiness is impossible without it" ~ Mother Teresa

"We are called upon not to be successful, but to be faithful." ~ Mother Teresa

"There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread." ~ Mother Teresa

"I love all religions. ... If people become better Hindus, better Muslims, better Buddhists by our acts of love, then there is something else growing there." She upheld that there are many ways to God': "All is God - Buddists, Hindus, Christians, etc., all have access to the same God."" ~ Mother Teresa

"And if we can accept that a mother can kill her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?" ~ Mother Teresa

"Following Jesus is simple, but not easy. Love until it hurts, and then love more." ~ Mother Teresa

"Life is beauty, admire it." ~ Mother Teresa

"Faith is a gift from God and he gives it to whomever he chooses" ~ Mother Teresa

"We must never be afraid to be a sign of contradiction for the world." ~ Mother Teresa

"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." ~ Mother Teresa

"If you hold an anti-war rally, I shall not attend. But if you hold a Pro-Peace rally invite me." ~ Mother Teresa

"Just show up and things will happen." ~ Mother Teresa

"Prayer is as necessary as the air, as the blood in our bodies, as anything to keep us alive-to keep us alive to the grace of God." ~ Mother Teresa

"If I look at the mass I will never act." ~ Mother Teresa

"I am but a small pencil in the hand of a writing God" ~ Mother Teresa

"If you are discouraged it is a sign of pride, because it shows you trust in your own powers." ~ Mother Teresa

"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." ~ Mother Teresa

"I can't help thousands, I can help only the one who stands before me." ~ Mother Teresa

"The point is to do something, however small, and show you care through your actions by giving your time." ~ Mother Teresa

"I am only a little pencil in the hand of our Lord. He may cut or sharpen the pencil. He may write or draw whatever and whenever he wants. If the writing or drawing is good, we do not honor the pencil or the material that is used, but rather the one who used it." ~ Mother Teresa

"God is everywhere and in everything and without Him we cannot exist." ~ Mother Teresa

"We are at Jesus' disposal. If he wants you to be sick in bed, if he wants you to proclaim His work in the street, if he wants you to clean the toilets all day, that's all right, everything is all right. We must say, "I belong to you. You can do whatever you like." And this ..is our strength, and this is the joy of the Lord." ~ Mother Teresa

"Today it is fashionable to talk about the poor. Unfortunately, it is not fashionable to talk with them." ~ Mother Teresa

"Please don't kill the child. I want the child. Please give me the child. I am willing to accept any child who would be aborted, and to give that child to a married couple who will love the child, and be loved by the child. From our children's home in Calcutta alone, we have saved over 3,000 children from abortions. These children have brought such love and joy to their adopting parents, and have grown up so full of love and joy!" ~ Mother Teresa

"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." ~ Mother Teresa

"Suffering can become a means to greater love and greater generosity." ~ Mother Teresa

"Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God" ~ Mother Teresa

"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." ~ Mother Teresa

"I choose the poverty of our poor people. But I am grateful to receive it (the Nobel) in the name of the hungry, the naked, the homeless, of the crippled, of the blind, of the lepers, of all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared for throughout society, people that have become a burden to the society and are shunned by everyone." ~ Mother Teresa

"Let us not love by words alone, but let us love until it hurts." ~ Mother Teresa

"Human rights are not a privilege conferred by government. They are every human being's entitlement by virtue of his humanity. The right to life does not depend, and must not be contingent, on the pleasure of anyone else, not even a parent or sovereign. ... You must weep that your own government, at present, seems blind to this truth." ~ Mother Teresa

"All works of love are works of peace." ~ Mother Teresa

"Even the rich are hungry for love, for being cared for, for being wanted, for having someone to call their own." ~ Mother Teresa

"We are all pencils in the hand of God." ~ Mother Teresa

"Abortion is murder in the womb...A child is a gift of God. If you do not want him, give him to me." ~ Mother Teresa

"Don't look for big things, just do small things with great love...the smaller the thing, the greater must be our love." ~ Mother Teresa

"We have very little, so we have nothing to be preoccupied with. The more you have, the more you are occupied, the less you give. But the less you have, the more free you are." ~ Mother Teresa

"There are two victims in every abortion: a dead baby and a dead conscience." ~ Mother Teresa

"Dealing with the media is more difficult that bathing a leper" ~ Mother Teresa

"What you are doing I cannot do, what I'm doing you cannot do, but together we are doing something beautiful for God, and this is the greatness of God's love for us-To give us the opportunity to become holy through the works of love that we do because holiness is not the luxury of the few." ~ Mother Teresa

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

"One thing I ask you to do, you people who have the pen in your hand, allow God to use you so that you never write anything that will destroy, that will hurt, but always take the trouble to write something beautiful, to help the people to see better, to love better, to come closer... to each other." ~ Mother Teresa

"even God could do nothing for someone already full. You have to be completely empty to let Him in to do what He will." ~ Mother Teresa

"The most important medicine is tender love and care." ~ Mother Teresa

"I want you to be concerned about your next door neighbor. Do you know your next door neighbor?" ~ Mother Teresa

"The child is the beauty of God present in the world, that greatest gift to a family" ~ Mother Teresa

"Love means to be willing to give until it hurts." ~ Mother Teresa

"Try to put in the hearts of your children a love for home. Make them long to be with their families. So much sin could be avoided if our people really loved their homes." ~ Mother Teresa

"Life is a game, play it... Life is too precious, do not destroy it." ~ Mother Teresa

"Nothing makes you happier than when you really reach out in mercy to someone who is badly hurt." ~ Mother Teresa

"In doing your best serving others for free, a lot of eyebrows will raise and sneers will curve many a - faces. But in the end those incredulous to what you put up with to help, no longer matter. It's not between you and those snobs, but with whom you have given your hand to lift, and of course to God who Is watching and noting it in your book." ~ Mother Teresa

"When we judge others we leave no room to love them." ~ Mother Teresa

"Holiness is doing God's will with a smile." ~ Mother Teresa

"Yesterday is gone and tomorrow has not yet come; we must live each day as if it were our last so that when God calls us we already, and prepared, to die with a clean heart." ~ Mother Teresa

"Prayer is the mortar that holds our house together." ~ Mother Teresa

"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 mortification, a penance. It is joyful freedom. There is no television here, no this, no that. But we are perfectly happy." ~ Mother Teresa

"Life is love, enjoy it. Life is mystery, know it. Life is a promise, fulfill it." ~ Mother Teresa

"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

"I think that we in our family don't need bombs and guns, to destroy to bring peace - just get together, love one another, bring that peace, that joy, that strength of presence of each other in the home. And we will be able to overcome all the evil that is in the world." ~ Mother Teresa

"The person who gives with a smile is the best giver because God loves a cheerful giver." ~ Mother Teresa

"People ask me what advice I have for a married couple struggling in their relationship. I always answer: pray and forgive. And to young people from violent homes, I say: pray and forgive. And again, even to the single mother with no family support: pray and forgive." ~ Mother Teresa

"In this world, there is no clarity. There is only love and action." ~ Mother Teresa