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127 Inspirational Mother Teresa Quotes

Here is a list of 127 Inspirational Mother Teresa Quotes.

 

Mother Teresa Quotes

 

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

 

“A life not lived for others is not a life.”

 

“Life is love, enjoy it. Life is mystery, know it. Life is a promise, fulfill it.”

 

“Jesus said love one another. He didn’t say love the whole world.”

 

“Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is beauty, admire it. Life is a dream, realize it.”

 

“It is a kingly act to assist the fallen.”

 

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

 

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

 

“Life is a song, sing it. Life is a struggle, accept it.”

 

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

 

“If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.”

 

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

 

“Do not worry about why problems exist in the world – just respond to people’s needs.”

 

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

 

“Never be so busy as not to think of others.”

 

“Live simply so others may simply live.”

 

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

 

“Together we can do great things.”

 

“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.”

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

“The fruit of love is service, which is compassion in action.”

 

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

 

“God doesn’t require us to succeed, he only requires that you try.”

 

“Life is an adventure, dare it.”

 

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

 

“Work without love is slavery.”

 

“If we pray, we will believe; If we believe, we will love; If we love, we will serve.”

 

“Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.”

 

“You are greater than you know.”

 

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

 

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”

 

“God does not create poverty; we do, because we do not share.”

 

“I don’t do great things. I do small things with great love.”

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

“Whenever you share love with others, you’ll notice the peace that comes to you and to them.”

 

“If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are.”

 

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

 

“Do ordinary things with extraordinary love.”

 

“Never travel faster than your guardian angel can fly.”

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

“The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it.”

 

“What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight; build it anyway.”

 

“Your true character is most accurately measured by how you treat those who can do ‘Nothing’ for you.”

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

“Peace begins with a smile.”

 

“One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.”

 

“Each one of them is Jesus in disguise.”

 

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

 

“Joy is a net of love in which you can catch souls.”

 

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

 

“Good works are links that form a chain of love.”

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.”

 

“I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.”

 

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

 

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

 

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”

 

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

 

“I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, he will not ask, ‘How many good things have you done in your life?’ rather he will ask, ‘How much love did you put into what you did?”

 

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

 

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

 

“Love begins by taking care of the closest ones – the ones at home.”

 

“Intense love does not measure, it just gives.”

 

“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.”

 

“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.”

 

“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.”

 

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

 

“Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.”

 

“If you want a love message to be heard, it has got to be sent out. To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.”

 

“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.”

 

“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.”

 

“Go out into the world today and love the people you meet. Let your presence light new light in the hearts of people.”

 

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

 

“The poor are great! The poor are wonderful! The poor are very generous! They give us much more than what we give them.”

 

“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.”

 

“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.”

 

“Be the living expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.”

 

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

 

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

 

“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.”

 

“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?”

 

“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.”

 

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

 

“It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing. It is not how much we give, but how much love we put in the giving.”

 

“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.”

 

“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.”

 

“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.”

 

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

 

“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.”

 

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

 

“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?”

 

“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.”

 

“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.”

 

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

 

“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.”

 

“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.”

 

“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.”

 

“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.”

 

“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.”

 

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

 

“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.”

 

“We fear the future because we are wasting today.”

 

“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?”

 

“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.”

 

“The success of love is in the loving – it is not in the result of loving. Of course, it is natural in love to want the best for the other person, but whether it turns out that way or not, does not determine the value of what we have done.”

 

“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.”

 

“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.”

 

“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 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.”

 

“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.”

 

“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.”

 

“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.”

 

“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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