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412 Inspiring Quotes by Mother Teresa

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Wikipedia Summary for Mother Teresa

Mother Mary Teresa Bojaxhiu (born Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, Albanian: [aˈɲɛzə ˈɡɔndʒɛ bɔjaˈdʒiu]; 26 August 1910 – 5 September 1997), honoured in the Catholic Church as Saint Teresa of Calcutta, was an Albanian-Indian Roman Catholic nun and missionary. She was born in Skopje (now the capital of North Macedonia), then part of the Kosovo Vilayet of the Ottoman Empire. After living in Skopje for eighteen years, she moved to Ireland and then to India, where she lived for most of her life.

In 1950, Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious congregation that had over 4,500 nuns and was active in 133 countries in 2012. The congregation manages homes for people who are dying of HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis. It also runs soup kitchens, dispensaries, mobile clinics, children's and family counselling programmes, as well as orphanages and schools. Members take vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience, and also profess a fourth vow – to give "wholehearted free service to the poorest of the poor."Teresa received a number of honors, including the 1962 Ramon Magsaysay Peace Prize and the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize. She was canonised on 4 September 2016, and the anniversary of her death (5 September) is her feast day. A controversial figure during her life and after her death, Teresa was admired by many for her charitable work. She was praised and criticized on various counts, such as for her views on abortion and contraception, and was criticized for poor conditions in her houses for the dying. Her authorized biography was written by Navin Chawla and published in 1992, and she has been the subject of films and other books. On 6 September 2017, Teresa and St. Francis Xavier were named co-patrons of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Calcutta.

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Live simply so others may simply live.

--Mother Teresa

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

--Mother Teresa

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If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; Be honest and frank anyway.

--Mother Teresa

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I am only a pencil in the hand of God, but it is He who writes.

--Mother Teresa

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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

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Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable. Be honest and transparent anyway.

--Mother Teresa

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

--Mother Teresa


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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

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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

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

--Mother Teresa

Longer Version:

If you are discouraged it is a sign of pride, because it shows you trust in your own powers. Never bother about other people's opinions. Be humble and you will never be disturbed. Remember St. Aloysius, who said he would continue to play billiards even if he knew he was going to die. Do you play well? Sleep well? Eat well? These are duties. Nothing is small for God.


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Holiness is not the luxury of a few people, but a simple duty for you and me.

--Mother Teresa

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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

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We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence.

--Mother Teresa

Longer Version:

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.


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I believe in person to person; every person is Christ for me, and since there is only one Jesus, that person is only one person in the world for me at that moment.

--Mother Teresa

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There is so much love in us all, but often we are too shy to express our love, and keep it bottled up inside us. We must learn to love, to love until it hurts, and we will know how to accept love.

--Mother Teresa

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If you are Catholic, and some other person comes to you seeking guidance, naturally you take him straight away to someone who can show him God's love.

--Mother Teresa

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Purity is the fruit of prayer.

--Mother Teresa

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

--Mother Teresa

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Serve God joyfully. Let there be no sadness in your life: the only true sorrow is sin.

--Mother Teresa

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We must remember that life begins at home and we must also remember that the future of humanity passes through the family.

--Mother Teresa

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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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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


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

--Mother Teresa

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Every act of love is a work of peace no matter how small.

--Mother Teresa

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Every country I love and I am a child of God to love the humans.

--Mother Teresa

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I have come to realize more and more that the greatest disease and the greatest suffering is to be unwanted, unloved, uncared for, to be shunned by everybody, to be just nobody.

--Mother Teresa

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We complicate prayer as we complicate many things. It is to love Jesus with undivided love-for you, for me, for all of us. And that undivided love is put into action when we do as Jesus said, love as I have loved you.

--Mother Teresa

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There is thing you can do but I can not and there is thing I can but you can not; so let us make something beautiful together.

--Mother Teresa

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Sometimes it is harder for us to smile at those who live with us, the immediate members of our families, than it is to smile at those who are not so close to us. Let us never forget: love begins at home.

--Mother Teresa


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

--Mother Teresa


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I heard the call to give up all and follow Christ into the slums to serve Him among the poorest of the poor. It was an order.

--Mother Teresa


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Every human being in that case resembles Christ in his loneliness; and that is the hardest part, that's real hunger.

--Mother Teresa

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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

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

--Mother Teresa

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Living intensely each present day means letting Christ dwell within you. His words are so clear: Today I would like to enter your home.

--Mother Teresa

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Let us be very sincere in our dealings with each other and have the courage to accept each other as we are.

--Mother Teresa

Longer Version:

Let us be very sincere in our dealings with each other, and have the courage to accept each other as we are. Do not be surprised or become preoccupied at each other's failures -- rather, see and find in each other the good, for each one of us is created in the image of God.




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

--Mother Teresa

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The family that prays together stays together, and if they stay together they will love one another as God has loved each one of them. And works of love are always works of peace.

--Mother Teresa

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They too, are created by the same loving hand of God which Created us...It is our duty to Protect Them and to promote their well-being.

--Mother Teresa

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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

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I know i am touching the living body of Christ in the broken bodies of the hungry and the suffering.

--Mother Teresa

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The child is the beauty of God present in the world, that greatest gift to a family.

--Mother Teresa



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The more you have, the more you are occupied. The less you have, the more free you are.

--Mother Teresa

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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

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The fruit of love is service. The fruit of service is peace. And peace begins with a smile.

--Mother Teresa


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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

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How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love, and we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts.

--Mother Teresa

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But I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself.

--Mother Teresa

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All works of love are works of peace.

--Mother Teresa

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Hungry not only for bread -- but hungry for love. Naked not only for clothing -- but naked of human dignity and respect. Homeless not only for want of a home of bricks -- but homeless because of rejection.

--Mother Teresa

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If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies: Succeed anyway.

--Mother Teresa

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

--Mother Teresa





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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


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God gives us things to share, God doesn't give us things to hold.

--Mother Teresa

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Abortion is profoundly anti-women.

--Mother Teresa

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I still think that the greatest suffering is being lonely, feeling unloved, just having no one... That is the worst disease that any human being can ever experience.

--Mother Teresa


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She suffers and she laughs.

--Mother Teresa


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Many people mistake our work for our vocation. Our vocation is the love of Jesus.

--Mother Teresa

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

--Mother Teresa

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We are all pencils in the hand of God.

--Mother Teresa

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We must make our homes centers of compassion and forgive endlessly.

--Mother Teresa

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It is a just retribution for improper sexual misconduct.

--Mother Teresa


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What we need is love without getting tired.

--Mother Teresa

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God made the world for the delight of human beings.

--Mother Teresa



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Life is beauty, admire it.

--Mother Teresa

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The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted.

--Mother Teresa

Longer Version:

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.


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If people spent one hour per week in Eucharistic Adoration, abortion would be ended.

--Mother Teresa

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

--Mother Teresa


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From the moment a soul has the grace to know God, she must seek.

--Mother Teresa


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Do not worry about your career. Concern yourself with your vocation, and that is to be lovers of Jesus.

--Mother Teresa

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I see Jesus in every human being. I say to myself, this is hungry Jesus, I must feed him. This is sick Jesus. This one has leprosy or gangrene; I must wash him and tend to him. I serve becuase I love Jesus.

--Mother Teresa


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Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.

--Mother Teresa

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

--Mother Teresa

Longer Version:

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.


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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

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Prayer is the mortar that holds our house together.

--Mother Teresa

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The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion.

--Mother Teresa

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Give the world the best you have and you may get hurt. Give the world your best anyway.

--Mother Teresa

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Every person whether he is Hindu, Muslim or Buddhist, he is my brother, my sister.

--Mother Teresa

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Nobody can force you, not even the holy prophets.

--Mother Teresa

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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

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If I'd never have picked up the first person, I'd never have picked up the 42,000 in Calcutta.

--Mother Teresa

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Thank God we don't serve God with our feelings, otherwise I don't know where I would be. -- Pray for me.

--Mother Teresa

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There is no key to happiness; the door is always open.

--Mother Teresa

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I held the Host with two fingers and thought: How small Jesus made Himself, in order to show us that He doesn't expect great things of us, but rather little things with great love.

--Mother Teresa



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Faith in action is love, and love in action is service. By transforming that faith into living acts of love, we put ourselves in contact with God Himself, with Jesus our Lord.

--Mother Teresa

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Listen in silence because if your heart is full of other things you cannot hear the voice of God.

--Mother Teresa

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I see God in every human being. When I wash the leper's wounds I feel I am nursing the Lord himself. Is it not a beautiful experience?

--Mother Teresa

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In the silence of our hearts, God speaks of His love; with our silence, we allow Jesus to love us.

--Mother Teresa

Longer Version:

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.



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

--Mother Teresa

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I prefer you to make mistakes in kindness than work miracles in unkindness.

--Mother Teresa

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What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway.

--Mother Teresa

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Loneliness is the leprosy of the modern world.

--Mother Teresa



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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.

--Mother Teresa

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Suffering can become a means to greater love and greater generosity.

--Mother Teresa

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Holy living consists in doing God's work with a smile.

--Mother Teresa

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People are hungry for God. What a terrible meeting it would be with our neighbour if we give them only ourselves.

--Mother Teresa


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

--Mother Teresa

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Life is a game, play it... Life is too precious, do not destroy it.

--Mother Teresa

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

--Mother Teresa

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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

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It's only a drop in the ocean -- but the ocean wouldn't be the same without that drop.

--Mother Teresa


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When you don't have anything, then you have everything.

--Mother Teresa


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I belong to Jesus. He must have the right to use me without consulting me.

--Mother Teresa

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

--Mother Teresa

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We realize that what we are accomplishing is a drop in the ocean. But if this drop were not in the ocean, it would be missed.

--Mother Teresa



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He came amongst his own and his own received him not, and it hurt him then and it has kept on hurting him. The same hunger, the same loneliness, the same having no one to be accepted by and to be loved and wanted by.

--Mother Teresa

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Faith is a gift from God and he gives it to whomever he chooses.

--Mother Teresa

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Get to know the poor in your country. Love them. Serve them.

--Mother Teresa


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

--Mother Teresa

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If you can't feed a hundred people, then just feed one.

--Mother Teresa

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To be pure, to remain pure, can only come at a price, the price of knowing God and loving him enough to do his will. He will always give us the strength we need to keep purity as something as beautiful for him.

--Mother Teresa

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At the moment of death we will not be judged according to the number of good deeds we have done or by the diplomas we have received in our lifetime. We will be judged according to the love we have put into our work.

--Mother Teresa

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

--Mother Teresa

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Good works are links that form a chain of love.

--Mother Teresa

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My mother tongue is Albanian. But, I am equally fluent in Bengali and English.

--Mother Teresa

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A joyful heart is like the sunshine of God's love, the hope of eternal happiness.

--Mother Teresa


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

--Mother Teresa

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Joy is prayer. Joy is strength. Joy is love. Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. God loves a cheerful giver. She gives most who gives with joy.

--Mother Teresa

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Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.

--Mother Teresa

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

--Mother Teresa

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A beautiful death is for people who have lived like animals to die like angels.

--Mother Teresa

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Whatever we get from the government or other people -- even one rupee we get, we give it to the poor. Completely free service.

--Mother Teresa


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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

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Jesus, I love you. Jesus, I love you.

--Mother Teresa


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Be the living expression of God's kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting.

--Mother Teresa

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We have a vow to give wholeheartedly everything to the poor.

--Mother Teresa

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I am a little pencil in God's hands. He does the thinking. He does the writing. He does everything and sometimes it is really hard because it is a broken pencil and He has to sharpen it a little more.

--Mother Teresa

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You who have received so much love, show your love by protecting the sacredness of life. The sacredness of life is the greatest gifts that God has given us.

--Mother Teresa


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We all long for heaven where God is, but we have it in our power to be in heaven with him right now-to be happy with him at this very moment. But being happy with him now means.

--Mother Teresa

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Once that living love is destroyed by contraception, abortion follows very easily.

--Mother Teresa


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Intense love does not measure, it just gives.

--Mother Teresa

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Holiness is doing God's will with a smile.

--Mother Teresa

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If you ever feel distressed during your day -- call upon our Lady -- just say this simple prayer: 'Mary, Mother of Jesus, please be a mother to me now.' I must admit -- this prayer has never failed me.

--Mother Teresa

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There is a famine in America. Not a famine of food, but of love, of truth, of life.

--Mother Teresa

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Gratitude to God is to accept everything, even my problems, with joy.

--Mother Teresa

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Never travel faster than your guardian angel can fly.

--Mother Teresa

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

--Mother Teresa

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We will never know how much just a simple smile will do.

--Mother Teresa


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I try to give to the poor people for love what the rich could get for money.

--Mother Teresa

Longer Version:

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.


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I know I would not be able to work one week if it were not for that continual force coming from Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

--Mother Teresa

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Each time anyone comes in contact with us, they must become different and better people because of having met us. We must radiate God's love.

--Mother Teresa

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

--Mother Teresa

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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


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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

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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

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I do not agree with a big way of doing things. What matters is the individual. If we wait till we get numbers, then we will be lost in the numbers and we will never be able to show that love and respect for the person.

--Mother Teresa


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I can't help thousands, I can help only the one who stands before me.

--Mother Teresa



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A life not lived for others is not a life.

--Mother Teresa


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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

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If I can give you any advice, I beg you to get closer to the Eucharist and to Jesus... We must pray to Jesus to give us that tenderness of the Eucharist.

--Mother Teresa

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We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.

--Mother Teresa

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

--Mother Teresa

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The Cross will be for us as it was for Christ: proof of the greatest love.

--Mother Teresa

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I always say "if you are afraid of them (the unborn), give them to me. Please, don't kill them.

--Mother Teresa

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Maybe if I didn't pick up that one person, I wouldn't have picked up forty-two thousand.

--Mother Teresa

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We serve life, not because it is broken, but because it is holy.

--Mother Teresa


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People are generally irrational, unreasonable and selfish. They deserve to be loved, anyway.

--Mother Teresa

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Humility is the mother of all virtues; purity, charity and obedience.

--Mother Teresa

Longer Version:

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.


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I think it is very good when people suffer. To me that is like the kiss of Jesus.

--Mother Teresa

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I have a diplomatic passport for India, diplomatic passport for Albania. I have Vatican passport and to America, I can go any time.

--Mother Teresa

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

--Mother Teresa

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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

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The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.

--Mother Teresa

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Gandhi felt fascinated at knowing Christ. He met Christians, and felt let down.

--Mother Teresa

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Give love to your children, to a wife or husband, to a next-door neighbour.

--Mother Teresa

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The coming of Jesus at Bethlehem brought joy to the world and to every human heart. may His coming this Christmas bring to each one of us that peace and joy that He desires to give.

--Mother Teresa

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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

Longer Version:

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. He came amongst his own and his own received him not, and it hurt him then and it has kept on hurting him. The same hunger, the same loneliness, the same having no one to be accepted by and to be loved and wanted by. Every human being in that case resembles Christ in his loneliness; and that is the hardest part, that's real hunger.



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Behold , I have graven you upon the palm of my hand, that is what Jesus came on earth to do: to proclaim, to give us the Good News that God loves us, that we are precious to Him.

--Mother Teresa


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People crave attention and appreciation more than they do bread.

--Mother Teresa

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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

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

--Mother Teresa

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

--Mother Teresa

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

--Mother Teresa

Arizona landscape

Spread your love wherever you go.

--Mother Teresa

silhouette of a woman with pink and purple sky

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

black sailing boat digital wallpaper

Holiness is not a privilege of a few but a need for all.

--Mother Teresa

time lapse photography of fire

Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless.

--Mother Teresa


man riding on boat on body of water

The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.

--Mother Teresa

Longer Version:

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.


man holding brown violin

The Lord likes small things best, especially those done with love.

--Mother Teresa

fawn pug in close up photography

Life is a challenge, we must take it.

--Mother Teresa

person wearing red jacket climbing on glacier

Prayer in action is love, love in action is service.

--Mother Teresa

Longer Version:

Prayer in action is love, and love in action is service. Try to give unconditionally whatever a person needs in the moment. The point is to do something, however small, and show you care through your actions by giving your time ... Do not worry about why problems exist in the world -- just respond to people's needs ... We feel what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean, but that ocean would be less without that drop.


green plant in tilt shift lens

If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

--Mother Teresa

brown sand beach during daytime

Helping hands are better than Praying Lips.

--Mother Teresa


gray slabs

Work without love is slavery.

--Mother Teresa

blue sky and white clouds

Jesus loved everyone, but he loved children most of all. Today we know that unborn children are the targets of destruction. We must thank our parents for wanting us, for loving us and for taking such good care of us.

--Mother Teresa

empty brown concrete stairs beside green grass under starry sky long-exposure photography

If you really love one another, you will not be able to avoid making sacrifices.

--Mother Teresa

woman carrying baby while walking

Since we cannot see Christ, we cannot express our love to Him. But we do see our neighbor, and we can do for him what we would do for Christ if He were visible.

--Mother Teresa

body of water under blue sky during daytime

I have never found a problem with people from different religions praying together. What I have found is that people are just hungry for God, and be they Christian or Muslim we invite them to pray with us.

--Mother Teresa


yellow green leaf

The right to life does not depend, and must not be contingent, on the pleasure of anyone else, not even a parent or sovereign.

--Mother Teresa

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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

shallow focus photography of orange flower

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

--Mother Teresa

silhouette photo of mountain during night time

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

close-up photograph of black dreadnought acoustic guitar

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

--Mother Teresa

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If I ever become a Saint -- I will surely be one of "darkness." I will continually be absent from heaven -- to light the light of those in darkness on earth.

--Mother Teresa

water drops on glass

My secret is simple -- I pray.

--Mother Teresa

white flower in grayscale photography

It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you.

--Mother Teresa

brown grass field under blue sky and white clouds during daytime

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

white petaled flower bloom during daytime

God speaks in the silence of the heart.

--Mother Teresa

white brick wall

There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread.

--Mother Teresa

white brick wall

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

--Mother Teresa

green leaf tree on shore

If you want to have world peace, go to your house and love your family.

--Mother Teresa

black bird flying on white background

Everybody has something good inside them. Some hide it, some neglect it, but it is there.

--Mother Teresa

macro photography water drops

Give that child to me. I want it. I will care for it. 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.

--Mother Teresa

calm ocean

If in coming face to face with God we accept Him in our lives, then we are converting. We become a better Hindu, a better Muslim, a better Catholic, a better whatever we are. ... What God is in your mind you must accept.

--Mother Teresa


brown and white short coated dog lying on white surface

Life is luck, make it.

--Mother Teresa

yellow sunflowers under white clouds and blue sky

People are not hungry just for bread, they are hungry for love.

--Mother Teresa

long black haired woman smiling close-up photography

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

green grass field

Holy Angels, our advocates, our brothers, our counselors, our defenders, our enlighteners, our friends, our guides, our helpers, our intercessors -- Pray for us.

--Mother Teresa

green trees

A joyful heart is the normal result of a heart burning with love. She gives most who gives with joy.

--Mother Teresa

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When I was crossing into Gaza, I was asked at the checkpost whether I was carrying any weapons. I replied: Oh yes, my prayer books.

--Mother Teresa

round analog watch with black leather strap on top of white wooden surface

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

green forest during daytime

I do not pray for success, I ask for faithfulness.

--Mother Teresa


person in black top carrying brown wicker basket

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

desert under blue skies

There is hunger for ordinary bread, and there is hunger for love, for kindness, for thoughtfulness, and this is the great poverty that makes people suffer so much.

--Mother Teresa

pink and blue sky with moon

The true way and the sure way to friendship is through humility-being open to each other, accepting each other just as we are, knowing each other.

--Mother Teresa

purple and white petaled flower

Perfect prayer does not consist in many words, but in the fervor of the desire which raises the heart to Jesus.

--Mother Teresa

silhouette of person wearing cowboy hat during sunset

If you want to bring happiness to the whole world, go home and love your family.

--Mother Teresa

silhouette of a person during sunset

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.

--Mother Teresa

silhouette of person's hands forming heart

Success will win you false friends and true enemies -- succeed anyway.

--Mother Teresa



man on running field

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

--Mother Teresa


selective focus photo of four green humming birds with red flowers

Love begins by taking care of the closest ones ? the ones at home.

--Mother Teresa

running white, brown, and black dog

Love only variously everyday The meaning of love.

--Mother Teresa


body of water

To show great love for God and our neighbor we need not do great things. It is how much love we put in the doing that makes our offering something beautiful for God.

--Mother Teresa




woman snorkeling

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

green palm tree during daytime

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, nor never will justify the suffering, pain and loss of life your weapons will cause.

--Mother Teresa



red tulips

The poor are our brothers and sisters ... people in the world who need love, who need care, who have to be wanted.

--Mother Teresa



photography of white sky at golden hour

And so let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love, and once we begin to love each other naturally we want to do something.

--Mother Teresa

pink and blue sky with moon

There is a tremendous strength that is growing in the world through sharing together, praying together, suffering together, and working together.

--Mother Teresa


starry night in Texas

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


black, purple, and orange basketball court beside concrete buildings at daytime

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

--Mother Teresa

green trees on brown dried leaves during daytime

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

--Mother Teresa

green leaf in close up photography

It is a kingly act to assist the fallen.

--Mother Teresa

man standing on cliff under white sky

If you are looking for vocations, as a community have adoration every day. Once the Missionaries of Charity started daily adoration, their vocations doubled.

--Mother Teresa

white ceramic mug with coffee on brown wooden table

When you look at the Sacred Host you understand how much Jesus loves you now.

--Mother Teresa

white cow eating green grass

The very fact that God has placed a certain soul in our way is a sign that God wants us to do something for him or her. It is not chance; it has been planned by God. We are bound by conscience to help him or her.

--Mother Teresa




gray elephant

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.

--Mother Teresa

Longer Version:

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.


low angle photography of green and brown tree

Anybody who helps the poor is delighted.

--Mother Teresa



purple, white, and pink floral painting

God didn't call me to be successful, He called me to be faithful.

--Mother Teresa

man and woman with dog on woods

Peace begins with a smile.

--Mother Teresa

Longer Version:

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


sunset grasslands

Some people come in our life as blessings. Some come in your life as lessons.

--Mother Teresa

silhouette of trees during nighttime

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

--Mother Teresa

Longer Version:

Let us not use bombs and guns to overcome the world. 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. So let us radiate peace...and extinguish in the world and in the hearts of all men all hatred and love for power.


purple petaled flower

One filled with joy preaches without preaching.

--Mother Teresa

white and black soccer ball on grass field

The dying, the cripple, the mental, the unwanted, the unloved -- they are Jesus in disguise.

--Mother Teresa

black and white photo of a black

People have forgotten what the human touch is, what it is to smile, for somebody to smile at them, somebody to recognize them, somebody to wish them well. The terrible thing is to be unwanted.

--Mother Teresa

statue of liberty new york city

Life's a song,sing it.

--Mother Teresa

group of people inside the room in grayscale photo

Whatever you do to the least of my brethren, you do it to me.

--Mother Teresa

blue and white striped textile

If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

--Mother Teresa

Longer Version:

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.


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

--Mother Teresa


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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

man and woman holding hands in silhouette photography

I don't do great things. I do small things with great love.

--Mother Teresa

white-and-pink flowers

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

--Mother Teresa

yellow textile

Suffering will come, trouble will come -- that's part of life; a sign that you are alive. If you have no suffering and no trouble, the devil is taking it easy. You are in his hand.

--Mother Teresa



purple

Duty is a very personal thing. It is what comes from knowing the need to take action and not just a need to urge others to do something.

--Mother Teresa

silhouette of mountain during golden hour

I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself.

--Mother Teresa


woman holding brown umbrella

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

--Mother Teresa

mixed paints in a plate

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

--Mother Teresa

black, purple, and orange basketball court beside concrete buildings at daytime

People who really want help may attack you if you help them. Help them anyway.

--Mother Teresa

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The best way to succeed in life is to act on the advice we give to others.

--Mother Teresa




pink and red flowers

I want you to find the poor here, right in your own home first. And begin love there. Be that good news to your own people.

--Mother Teresa

gray elephant

I fear just one thing: Money! Greed was what motivated Judas to sell Jesus.

--Mother Teresa


yellow sunflower field under blue sky during daytime

I have told everybody that what we are doing is for the love of God and works of love are always to accept and respect others.

--Mother Teresa




blue mountains at daytime

The most important medicine is tender love and care.

--Mother Teresa

person in red shirt walking on brown field under gray sky during daytime

Be humble like Mary so that you can be holy like Jesus.

--Mother Teresa

close-up photo of pink flower

If I look at the mass I will never act.

--Mother Teresa


three person looking stars and milky way

It is only when you realize your nothingness, your emptiness, that God can fill you with Himself.

--Mother Teresa

selective focus photography of pink petaled flower

In reality, there is only one true prayer, only one substantial prayer: Christ himself. There is only one voice which rises above the face of the earth, the voice of Christ. Prayer is oneness with Christ.

--Mother Teresa


forest trees photograph

In order to keep the lamp burning you have to keep putting the oil in it.

--Mother Teresa

brown and white humming bird flying

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

four handheld gardening tools on rack

Look at the cross and you will know what one soul means to Jesus.

--Mother Teresa

brown and gray brick wall

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.

--Mother Teresa


purple and blue light illustration

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

black and white duck on brown wooden dock during daytime

I am but a small pencil in the hand of a writing God.

--Mother Teresa

white flowers

Even when the urgent is good, the good can keep you from your best, keep you from your unique contribution, if you let it.

--Mother Teresa

flat lay photography of several hanging ornaments

We are not here to be successful, we are here to be faithful.

--Mother Teresa


green leaf

We have no salaries. When one says he is from a good Catholic family and says he wants to help us, why should we refuse his offer?

--Mother Teresa




green trees on body of water during daytime

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


macro shot photography of two votive candles

If you give what you do not need, it is not giving.

--Mother Teresa


green and white bird on black wire during daytime

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

--Mother Teresa



pair of white lace-up shoes

If you are hungry to hear the voice of God, you will hear. To hear, you have to cut out all other things.

--Mother Teresa


mountains under white clouds at daytime

Each one of them is Jesus in disguise.

--Mother Teresa


snowflake

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

--Mother Teresa

yellow sunflower in glass vase

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

--Mother Teresa

closeup photo of bird beside purple petal flowers

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

--Mother Teresa


grayscale photography of raindrops

The work we do is only our love for Jesus in action...If we pray the work...if we do it to Jesus, if we do it for Jesus, if we do it with Jesus...that's what makes us content.

--Mother Teresa

white flower in grayscale photography

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

--Mother Teresa

green bird perching on stem

Loneliness is the most terrible poverty.

--Mother Teresa

brown wooden hanging bridge surrounded by green trees during daytime

Love cannot remain by itself it has no meaning. Love has to be put into action and that action is service.

--Mother Teresa

coffee mug on top of tablecloth beside ashtray

In light of heaven, the worst suffering on earth, a life full of the most atrocious tortures on earth, will be seen to be no more serious than one night in an inconvenient hotel.

--Mother Teresa


empty brown concrete stairs beside green grass under starry sky long-exposure photography

Real prayer is union with God, a union as vital as that of the vine to the branch.

--Mother Teresa

gray building

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

person shadow boxing grayscale

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

sand

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.

--Mother Teresa

selective focus photo of four green humming birds with red flowers

Let us not love by words alone, but let us love until it hurts.

--Mother Teresa


grayscale photography of mountain surrounded by trees

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

--Mother Teresa

yellow background

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

green leafed vegetable on brown wooden surface

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

Arizona landscape rocks

Holiness grows so fast where there is kindness. The world is lost for want of sweetness and kindness. Do not forget we need each other.

--Mother Teresa

three clear glass cups

I want you to be concerned about your next door neighbor. Do you know your next door neighbor?

--Mother Teresa

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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


clear wine glass with red wine

Put your sins in the chalice for the precious blood to wash away. One drop is capable of washing away the sins of the world.

--Mother Teresa

brown tree on surrounded by brown grass during golden hour

To love others as God loves you, that is the measure of success.

--Mother Teresa

a woman sits on the end of a dock during daytime staring across a lake

I never look at the masses as my responsibility. I look at the individual. I can love only one person at a time. I can feed only one person at a time. Just one, one, one.

--Mother Teresa

round black and white analog alarm clock

It's not about how much you do, but how much love you put into what you do that counts.

--Mother Teresa

close-up photo of two men shaking hands near beach at sunset

Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary.

--Mother Teresa

green leaf

If you ask children in the west where's God, they'd point to the sky. If you ask children in India, they point at themselves.

--Mother Teresa

red

Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do, but how much love we put in that action.

--Mother Teresa

photography of yellow petaled flowers field

In the poor we meet Jesus in his most distressing disguises.

--Mother Teresa

grey hlalway

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

--Mother Teresa

red rose in close up photography

I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love.

--Mother Teresa

brown mountain at nighttime

The more you forget yourself, the more Jesus will think of you.

--Mother Teresa

three person looking stars and milky way

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

--Mother Teresa

silhouette photo of person holding flashlight under milk way

Give a glass of water, you give it to me. Receive a little child, you receive me.

--Mother Teresa

mountain summit during sunset

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

--Mother Teresa

We wish you a perfect day!