150 Mother Teresa Quotes with pictures

Mother Teresa Quotes - I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more loveBecause of making this page, I have to read many quotes by Mother Teresa and select these 150 quotes. These quotes enrich my soul deeply. I recommend that you should take time to read all of them (it is a long list of 150 quotes total), but it is worth it, and I am sure that you will learn a lot from Mother Teresa’s words. I am inspired to make as much Mother Teresa picture quotes as possible. I hope to spread her words to help bring peace and love to the world.

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

Joy is strength.
― Mother Teresa

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.
― Mother Teresa

It is a kingly act to assist the fallen.
― 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

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?
― Mother Teresa

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

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

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

People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
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

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

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

In loving one another through our works we bring an increase of grace and a growth in divine love.
― Mother Teresa, In the Heart of the World: Thoughts, Stories and Prayers

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

Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.
― Mother Teresa

There’s nothing more calming in difficult moments that knowing there’s some one fighting with you.
― Mother Teresa

A life not lived for others is not a life.
― Mother Teresa

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

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

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

Our life of contemplation shall retain the following characteristics:
—missionary: by going out physically or in spirit in search of souls all over the universe.
—contemplative: by gathering the whole universe at the very center of our hearts where the Lord of the universe abides, and allowing the pure water of divine grace to flow plentifully and unceasingly from the source itself, on the whole of his creation.
—universal: by praying and contemplating with all and for all, especially with and for the spiritually poorest of the poor.”
― Mother Teresa, In the Heart of the World: Thoughts, Stories and Prayers

Suffering is nothing by itself. But suffering shared with the passion of Christ is a wonderful gift, the most beautiful gift, a token of love.”
― Mother Teresa, In the Heart of the World: Thoughts, Stories and Prayers

The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. 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. The poverty in the West is a different kind of poverty — it is not only a poverty of loneliness but also of spirituality. There’s a hunger for love, as there is a hunger for God.
― Mother Teresa, A Simple Path: Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa Quotes - Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.
― Mother Teresa

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

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

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, In the Heart of the World: Thoughts, Stories and Prayers

The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion because if a mother can kill her own child, what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me? There is nothing between.
– Mother Teresa

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

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

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

Loneliness is the leprosy of the modern world.
― Mother Teresa

I know God won’t give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish he didn’t trust me so much.
― Mother Teresa

If we pray, we will believe; If we believe, we will love; If we love, we will serve. ― Mother TeresaEven if you’re on the right rack, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
― Mother Teresa

I’m just a little pencil in the hand of a writing God sending a love letter to the world.
― 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

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 because I love Jesus.
― Mother Teresa

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

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.
― Mother Teresa

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

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

We learn humility through accepting humiliations cheerfully.
― Mother Teresa

He who is faultless does not care for the opinion of others.
― 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

Christ came to be Father’s compassion to the world. Be kind in your actions. Do not think that you are the only one who can do efficient work, work worth showing. This makes you harsh in your judgment of others who may not have the same talents. Do your best and trust that others do their best. And be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.
― Mother Teresa, In the Heart of the World: Thoughts, Stories and Prayers

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, In the Heart of the World: Thoughts, Stories and Prayers

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

The fruit of Silence is Prayer
The fruit of Prayer is Faith
The fruit of Faith is Love
The fruit of Love is Service
The fruit of Service is Peace
― Mother Teresa

At the hour of death when we come face-to-face with God, we are going to be judged on love; not how much we have done, but how much love we put into the doing.
― Mother Teresa

I will never understand all the good that a simple smile can accomplish.
― 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 TeresaHoliness 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, Mother Teresa: In My Own Words

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

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

The way you help heal the world is you start with your own 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, Heart of Joy

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

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

Give, but give until it hurts.
― Mother Teresa

If you are joyful, do not worry about lukewarmness. Joy will shine in your eyes and in your look, in your conversation and in your countenance. You will not be able to hide it because joy overflows.
― Mother Teresa, A Life For God: The Mother Teresa Reader

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

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

In the West we have a tendency to be profit-oriented, where everything is measured according to the results and we get caught up in being more and more active to generate results. In the East — especially in India — I find that people are more content to just be, to just sit around under a banyan tree for half a day chatting to each other. We Westerners would probably call that wasting time. But there is value to it. Being with someone, listening wihtout a clock and without anticipation of results, teaches us about love. The success of love is in the loving — it is not in the result of loving.
― Mother Teresa, A Simple Path: Mother Teresa

But still, everything is for Jesus; so like that everything is beautiful, even though it is difficult.
― Mother Teresa, Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light

Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal. ― Mother TeresaWhy can’t there be love that never gets tired?
― Mother Teresa

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

Joy must be one of the pivots of our life. It is the token of a generous personality. Sometimes it is also a mantle that clothes a life of sacrifice and self-giving. A person who has this gift often reaches high summits. He or she is like sun in a community.”
― Mother Teresa, In the Heart of the World: Thoughts, Stories and Prayers

Spread the love of God through your life but only use words when necessary.
― 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, In the Heart of the World: Thoughts, Stories and Prayers

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

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

Life is a game, play it.
― Mother Teresa

Each of us is merely a small instrument; all of us, after accomplishing our mission, will disappear.
― Mother Teresa, In the Heart of the World: Thoughts, Stories and Prayers

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.
― Mother Teresa

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

I do not pray for success, I ask for faithfulness.
― Mother Teresa

In the home begins the disruption of the peace of the world.
― Mother Teresa

If a mother can kill her own child – what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me – there is nothing between.
― 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 TeresaDo not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.
― Mother Teresa

Each one of them is Jesus in disguise.
Mother Teresa

Peace begins with a smile.
Mother Teresa

Love begins by taking care of the closest ones – the ones at home.
Mother Teresa

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

When you have nothing left but God,you have more than enough to start over again.
― 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, A Simple Path: Mother Teresa

I try to give to the poor people for love what the rich could get for money. No, I wouldn’t touch a leper for a thousand pounds; yet I willingly cure him for the love of God.
Mother Teresa

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

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

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

Work without love is slavery.
― Mother Teresa

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hungry for love, He looks at you. Thirsty for kindness, He begs of you. Naked for loyalty, He hopes in you. Homeless for shelter in your heart, He asks of you. Will you be that one to Him?
― Mother Teresa, In the Heart of the World: Thoughts, Stories and Prayers

A life not lived for others is not a life. ― Mother TeresaIf you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
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

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.
― Mother Teresa

God doesn’t require us to succeed, he only requires that you try.
― Mother Teresa

Everything that is not given is lost.
― 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

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

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

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

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

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

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, A Simple Path: Mother Teresa

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.
― Mother Teresa

There should be less talk; a preaching point is not a meeting point.
What do you do then? Take a broom and clean someone’s house.
That says enough.
― Mother Teresa

When you don’t have anything, then you have everything.
― Mother Teresa

I would rather make mistakes in kindness and compassion than work miracles in unkindness and hardness.
― Mother Teresa, A Gift for God: Prayers and Meditations

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

One filled with joy preaches without preaching.
― Mother Teresa

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

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

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

Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own home. 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, kindness in your warm greeting.
― Mother Teresa

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

A joyful heart is the normal result of a heart burning with love. She gives most who gives with joy.
― Mother Teresa, In the Heart of the World: Thoughts, Stories and Prayers

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

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

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

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

It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.
― 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

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

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

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

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

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…
― Mother Teresa

We too are called to withdraw at certain intervals into deeper silence and aloneness with God, together as a community as well as personally; to be alone with Him — not with our books, thoughts, and memories but completely stripped of everything — to dwell lovingly in His presence, silent, empty, expectant, and motionless. We cannot find God in noise or agitation.
― Mother Teresa, In the Heart of the World: Thoughts, Stories and Prayers

Live simply so others may simply live.
― Mother Teresa

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

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

Mother Teresa Quotes - Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.

Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal. ― Mother Teresa

If we pray, we will believe; If we believe, we will love; If we love, we will serve. ― 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

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

A life not lived for others is not a life. ― Mother Teresa

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