67 Mother Teresa Quotes (Kindness and Love)

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Best Mother Teresa Quotes

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies. Mother Teresa Quotes
Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies. Mother Teresa
Some people come in our life as blessings. Some come in your life as lessons. Mother Teresa Quotes
Some people come in our life as blessings. Some come in your life as lessons.  Mother Teresa
We must make our homes centers of compassion and forgive endlessly.
We must make our homes centers of compassion and forgive endlessly. Mother Teresa
I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things. Mother Teresa Quotes
I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things. Mother Teresa Quotes
Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin. Mother Teresa Quotes
Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin. Mother Teresa
If I look at the mass, I will never act. If I look at the one, I will. Mother Teresa Quotes
If I look at the mass, I will never act. If I look at the one, I will. Mother Teresa
A life not lived for others is not a life.
A life not lived for others is not a life. Mother Teresa
Do ordinary things with extraordinary love. Mother Teresa Quotes
Do ordinary things with extraordinary love.  Mother Teresa
If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
If you judge people, you have no time to love them. Mother Teresa
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies. Succeed anyway. 
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies. Succeed anyway.  Mother Teresa Quotes
Not handouts, but rather hands held. Mother Teresa Quotes
Not handouts, but rather hands held. Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa Quotes on Love, Kindness, and Servanthood

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.
Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier. Mother Teresa
I prefer you to make mistakes in kindness than work miracles in unkindness.
I prefer you to make mistakes in kindness than work miracles in unkindness. Mother Teresa
Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.Mother Teresa Quotes
Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing. Mother Teresa
Good works are links that form a chain of love.
Good works are links that form a chain of love. Mother Teresa
Profound joy of the heart is like a magnet that indicates the path of life. Mother Teresa Quotes
Profound joy of the heart is like a magnet that indicates the path of life. Mother Teresa Quotes on Love, Kindness, and Servanthood
Love is a fruit in season at all times and within reach of every hand. Mother Teresa Quotes
Love is a fruit in season at all times and within reach of every hand. Mother Teresa
I have found the paradox that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.
I have found the paradox that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love. Mother Teresa
It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving. Mother Teresa Quotes
It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving. 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.
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
Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do... but how much love we put into that action.
Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do… but how much love we put into that action. Mother Teresa
If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.
If you want to change the world, go home and love your family. Mother Teresa
Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. Mother Teresa Quotes
Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. 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.
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 
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.
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
Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more. Mother Teresa Quotes
Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more. Mother Teresa
Intense love does not measure, it just gives. Mother Teresa Quotes
Intense love does not measure, it just gives.  Mother Teresa
Be kind and merciful. Let no one ever come to you without coming away better and happier.
Be kind and merciful. Let no one ever come to you without coming away better and happier. Mother Teresa
Whenever you share love with others, you’ll notice the peace that comes to you and to them.
Whenever you share love with others, you’ll notice the peace that comes to you and to them. Mother Teresa Quotes
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.
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
Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.
Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love. Mother Teresa
Loneliness is the most terrible form of poverty. 
Loneliness is the most terrible form of poverty.  Mother Teresa 

More Inspirational Quotes from Mother Teresa

I used to believe that prayer changes things, but now I know that prayer changes us, and we change things.
I used to believe that prayer changes things, but now I know that prayer changes us, and we change things.  Mother Teresa
The openness of our hearts and minds can be measured by how wide we draw the circle of what we call family.
The openness of our hearts and minds can be measured by how wide we draw the circle of what we call family. Mother Teresa 
One of the realities we’re all called to go through is to move from repulsion to compassion and from compassion to wonderment.
One of the realities we’re all called to go through is to move from repulsion to compassion and from compassion to wonderment. Mother Teresa
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 Quotes
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
When you don’t have anything, then you have everything.
When you don’t have anything, then you have everything. Mother Teresa
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight; build it anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight; build it anyway. Mother Teresa
Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you.
Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you. Mother Teresa
If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. Mother Teresa
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. Mother Teresa
Peace begins with a smile.
Peace begins with a smile. Mother Teresa Quotes
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. Mother Teresa
Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.
Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.  Mother Teresa
Kind Words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. 
Kind Words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.  Mother Teresa
If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.Mother Teresa Quotes
If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one. 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.
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
The best way to succeed in life is to act on the advice we give to others.
The best way to succeed in life is to act on the advice we give to others. Mother Teresa
One of the greatest diseases is being nobody to anybody.Mother Teresa Quotes
One of the greatest diseases is being nobody to anybody. Mother Teresa 
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; Give the world the best you've got anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.  Mother Teresa
I want you to be concerned about your next-door neighbor. Do you know your next-door neighbor?
I want you to be concerned about your next-door neighbor. Do you know your next-door neighbor? Mother Teresa
Everybody today seems to be in such a terrible rush, anxious for greater developments and greater riches and so on, so that children have very little time for their parents. Parents have very little time for each other, and in the home begins the disruption of peace of the world.Mother Teresa Quotes
Everybody today seems to be in such a terrible rush, anxious for greater developments and greater riches and so on, so that children have very little time for their parents. Parents have very little time for each other, and in the home begins the disruption of peace of the world. Mother Teresa
I don't do great things.  I do small things with great love.  We can all do small things with great love.
I don’t do great things.  I do small things with great love.  We can all do small things with great love. Mother Teresa 
Do not allow yourselves to be disheartened by any failure as long as you have done your best.
Do not allow yourselves to be disheartened by any failure as long as you have done your best. Mother Teresa
We fear the future because we are wasting today. 
We fear the future because we are wasting today.  Mother Teresa
There is more hunger in the world for love and appreciation in this world than for bread. The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.Mother Teresa Quotes
There is more hunger in the world for love and appreciation in this world than for bread. The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread. Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa Biography

Mother Teresa was born Anjez Gonxhe Bojaxhiu on August 26, 1910. She died on September 5, 1997. She was also known as Saint Teresa of Calcutta. She was an Albanian-Indian Roman Catholic nun who founded the Missionaries of Charity in 1950 and worked with them.

After Mother Teresa started her missionary Roman Catholic religious congregation, it grew to have more than 4,500 nuns and was active in 133 countries as of 2012. The congregation runs 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, orphanages, and schools. Members take vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience, and they also make a fourth vow: to give “wholehearted free service to the poorest of the poor.”

Little is known about her childhood, but she felt a desire to become a nun and serve the impoverished at a young age. She was granted permission to enter a convent of nuns in Ireland when she was 18 years old. She was given permission to travel to India after a few months of training with the Loreto Sisters. In 1931, she made formal monastic vows and adopted the name St Therese of Lisieux, the patron saint of missions.

She lived in Calcutta, India, for many years, when she formed the Missionaries of Charity, a religious organization dedicated to assisting those in need. The main goal of this mission was to take care of those that no one else was willing to take care of. According to Mother Teresa, one of the key ideas of Jesus Christ’s teachings was to put others before oneself.

By writing a book and making a documentary called “Something Beautiful for God” in the 1960s, Malcolm Muggeridge brought Mother Teresa‘s life to the notice of a larger audience.

For her efforts in the fight against poverty and suffering, which also pose a threat to peace, she received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. Although she declined to attend the formal feast, she requested that the $192,000 sum be distributed to the needy.

In her later years, she focused more of her energy on being engaged in western industrialized countries. Although the West was physically rich, she observed, there was frequently a spiritual shortage.

Must ReadMother Teresa: Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta

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