Best Mother Teresa Quotes

These Mother Teresa quotes help us all reflect on our lives and how we can be a better person.

Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in 1910 in Macedonia. Of Albanian descent, she served as a Catholic nun. She spoke 5 languages fluently – Albanian, Croatian, English, Bengali, and Hindi.

For some 45 years, Mother Teresa served the poor and sick before passing away in 1997. She was a Nobel Peace Prize winner.  Pope John Paul II beatified Mother Teresa. She received the title Blessed Teresa of Calcutta. Her words of wisdom provide guidance and comfort for many.

Top 10 Mother Teresa Quotes

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

2.) Peace begins with a smile.

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

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

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

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

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

8.) Intense love does not measure, it just gives.

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

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

Note: A mother’s love of the poor was Mother Teresa’s calling card. When she joined the Sisters of Loreto, she was given the name Teresa after the saint. She was given the name Mother Teresa after making her final vows.

Mother Teresa Sayings

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

12.) Work without love is slavery.

13.) 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?

14.) One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.

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

16.) We learn humility through accepting humiliations cheerfully.

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

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

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

20.) 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?

21.) I will never understand all the good that a simple smile can accomplish.

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Famous Quotations from Mother Teresa

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

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

24.) 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.

25.) Prayer is the mortar that holds our house together.

26.) Joy is prayer; joy is strength: joy is love – joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.

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

28.) If we pray, we will believe; If we believe, we will love – If we love, we will serve.

29.) Prayer is the mortar that holds our house together.

Mother Teresa Quotes imageQuotations on Giving

30.) If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.

31.) Everything that is not given is lost.

32.) 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.”

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

34.) 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.

35.) Intense love does not measure, it just gives.

36.) Live simply so others may simply live.

37.) 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.

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

39.) 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.

40.) 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.

On Family

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

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

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

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

45.) A life not lived for others is not a life.

46.) 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.

On God

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

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

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

50.) Never travel faster than your guardian angel can fly.

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

52.) 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 own weakness.

53.) One filled with joy preaches without preaching.

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

Tip: Read some of these Mother Teresa Quotes before dinner or before bed to reflect.

Prayer: Do It Anyway

55.) 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’s Nazareth Prayer for the Family

56.) Heavenly Father,
you have given us the model of life
in the Holy Family of Nazareth.
Help us, O Loving Father,
to make our family another Nazareth
where love, peace and joy reign.
May it be deeply contemplative,
intensely eucharistic,
revived with joy.

Help us to stay together in joy
and sorrow in family prayer.
Teach us to see Jesus in the members of our families,
especially in their distressing disguise.
May the eucharistic heart of Jesus
make our hearts humble like his
and help us to carry out our family duties
in a holy way.
May we love one another
as God loves each one of us,
more and more each day,
and forgive each other’s faults
as you forgive our sins.
Help us, O Loving Father,
to take whatever you give
and give whatever you take with a big smile.

Immaculate Heart of Mary,
cause of our joy, pray for us.

St. Joseph, pray for us.

Holy Guardian Angels,
be always with us,
guide and protect us.


How to use the Mother Teresa Quotes

Here are a few ideas for you.

A.) Post one on the fridge each week so everyone in the family sees it.

B.) Use one of your favorite quotes as a sign-off on all of your emails for one month.

C.) Recite one of her prayers before your evening meal.

D.) Send a text to your family with a meaningful quote.

E.) Kick off a church meeting by reading one of the quotations.

F.) Read a few of her quotes each night before you go to bed.

G.) Post one of her prayers on your cubicle at work.

— Mike O’Halloran

Mike is an author and editor of Sports Feel Good Stories.


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