Beautiful Mother Teresa inspirational quotes collection

A Nobel peace laureate, Mother Teresa lived a more complicated life than was known at the time–including a secret, lifelong struggle with her faith. Nevertheless, her very name became a metaphor for selflessness and goodness during her lifetime.

A woman who was loving, selfless, and wise. She dedicated her life to helping others, but she also shared her wisdom with us all. In this way, she gave to so much more than the lives she physically touched.

No matter what your belief system, there is much to be learned and gained from someone so selfless and loving, so kind and considerate, and someone so revered for a very good reason. Here are some of her best thoughts.

  • A life not lived for others is not a life.
  • Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.
  • Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.
  • Even the rich are hungry for love, for being cared for, for being wanted, for having someone to call their own.
  • Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.
  • Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.
  • Go out into the world today and love the people you meet. Let your presence light new light in the hearts of people.
  • He who is faultless does not care for the opinion of others.
  • I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripplesPain 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.
  • I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.
  • I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.
  • I know God won’t give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish he didn’t trust me so much.
  • I will never understand all the good that a simple smile can accomplish.
  • I’m a little pencil in the hand of a writing God, who is sending a love letter to the world.
  • If we pray, we will believe; If we believe, we will love; If we love, we will serve.
  • 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.
  • It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.
  • Joy is a strength.
  • 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 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.
  • Loneliness is the leprosy of the modern world.
  • Love to be real, it must cost—it must hurt—it must empty us of self.
  • Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.

  • 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.
  • Prayer is the mortar that holds our house together.
  • Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream, precedes the goal.
  • 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.
  • Spread the love of God through your life but only use words when necessary.
  • The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted.
  • 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 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.
  • The person who gives with a smile is the best giver because God loves a cheerful giver.
  • The trees, the flowers, the plants grow in silence. The stars, the sun, the moon move in silence. Silence gives us a new perspective.
  • There are many people who can do big things, but there are very few people who will do the small things.
  • 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.
  • We learn humility through accepting humiliations cheerfully.
  • 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.
  • What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.
  • What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight; build it anyway.
  • 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.


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