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Top 50 Best Inspiring Mother Teresa Quotes

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Mother Teresa Quotes: Mother Mary Teresa Bojaxhiu, honored 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 counseling programs, 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.”

Common Questions about Mother Teresa

Did Mother Teresa have children?

Mother Teresa was a nun and did not have children of her own. She never married or gave birth to any children.

At what age Mother Teresa died?

87 years (1910–1997)

Is Mother Teresa a Nobel Prize winner?

Mother Teresa was the first woman with close Indian ties to get the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize.

What is Mother Teresa's real name?

Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu

Our Favorite Mother Teresa Quotes

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

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

“Peace begins with a smile..”

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

“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?”

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

“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.”

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

“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.

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

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

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

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

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

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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.”

“Live simply so others may simply live.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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.”

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

“Work without love is slavery.”

“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.”

“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.”

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

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

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

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

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

“Love to be real, it must cost—it must hurt—it must empty us of self.”

“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.”

“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.”

“May God break my heart so completely that the whole world falls in.”

“People are unrealistic, illogical, and self-centered. Love them anyway.”

“I feel 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... And if we can accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? 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...”

“The person who gives with a smile is the best giver because God loves a cheerful giver.”

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

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

“Give, but give until it hurts.”

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

“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.”

“I pray that you will understand the words of Jesus, “Love one another as I have loved you.” Ask yourself “How has he loved me? Do I really love others in the same way?” Unless this love is among us, we can kill ourselves with work and it will only be work, not love. Work without love is slavery.”

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

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

“Life is a game, play it.”

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

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

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