Mother Teresa (1910-1997)

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

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

“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.”

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

“Peace begins with a smile..”

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

“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.”

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

“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.”

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

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

“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.”

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

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

“Live simply so others may simply live.”

“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.”

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

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

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

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

“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.”

“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.”

“Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.”

“We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if the drop were not there, the ocean would be missing something.”

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

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

“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.”

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

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

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

“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.”

“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.”

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

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

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

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

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

“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.”

“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.”

“Work without love is slavery.”

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

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

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

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

“Each one of them is Jesus in disguise.”

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.”

“Life is a game, play it.”

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

“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.”

“The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has sown violence and discord at the heart of the most intimate human relationships. It has aggravated the derogation of the father’s role in an increasingly fatherless society. It has portrayed the greatest of gifts–a child–as a competitor, an intrusion and an inconvenience. It has nominally accorded mothers unfettered dominion over the dependent lives of their physically dependent sons and daughters. And, in granting this unconscionable power, it has exposed many women to unjust and selfish demands from their husbands or other sexual partners.”

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

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

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

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

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

“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.”

“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…”

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

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

“Intense love does not measure it just gives.”

“The greatest science in the world; in heaven and on earth; is love.”

“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.”

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

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

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

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

“People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered: Forgive them anyway. 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. You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”

“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.”

“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.”

“To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.”

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

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

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

“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.”

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

“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?”

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

“We are all pencils in the hand of God.”

“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.”

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

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

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

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

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

“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.”

“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.”

“Do small things, with great love.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“Prayer is the mortar that holds our house together.”

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

“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.”

“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.”

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

“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.”

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

“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.”

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

“When you have nothing left but God, you have more than enough to start over again.”

“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.”

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

“Why can’t there be love that never gets tired?”

“Give, but give until it hurts.”

“The trees, the flowers, the plants grow in silence. The stars, the sun, the moon move in silence. Silence gives us a new perspective.”

“God does not require that we be successful only that we be faithful.”

“‎Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.”

“We cannot do great things on this Earth, only small things with great love.”

“Everything that is not given is lost.”

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

“In loving one another through our works we bring an increase of grace and a growth in divine love.”

“There’s nothing more calming in difficult moments that knowing there’s some one fighting with you.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“It is not what to do, but how much love we put into the doing. We can do not greats, only small things with great love.”

“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.”

“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.”

“One truly must have suffered oneself to help others.”

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

“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.”

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

“We learn humility through accepting humiliations cheerfully.”

“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.”

“I have more often as my companion “darkness.” And when the night becomes very thick- and it seems to me as if I will end up in hell- then I simply offer myself to Jesus.”

“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”

“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.”

“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.”

“Joy is strength.”

“But still, everything is for Jesus; so like that everything is beautiful, even though it is difficult.”

“People are often unreasonable,
illogical and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.

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 may 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;
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today,
people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have,
and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis,
it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.

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

“Loneliness is the leprosy of the modern world.”

“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.”

“Let no one come to you without leaving better and happier”

“Do small things with great love.”

“Life’s a song, sing it”

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

“Even if you’re on the right rack, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”

“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better.”

“If our bones were not sending whispers of doubt to our hearts, there would be no need for prayer at all.”

“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.”

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