Mother Teresa Love Quotes and Sayings
#1 TIME magazine, 4 December 1989
1. The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.
2. We can do no great things; only small things with great love.
3. The greatest science in the world; in heaven and on earth; is love.
4. It is not how much you do, but how much Love you put into the doing that matters.
5. Love is repaid by love alone!
6. I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love.
7. If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
#8 Worldwide Laws of Life: 200 Eternal Spiritual Principles, John Templeton, 1998
8. Spread love everywhere you go; first of all in your house. 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.
#9 Love, A Fruit Always In Season: Daily Meditations from the Words of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, 1987
9. Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand. Anyone may gather it and no limit is set. Everyone can reach this love through meditation, spirit of prayer, and sacrifice, by an intense inner life.
10. 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 you to grow up in greater love for each other.
#11 Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light, Brian Kolodiejchuk, 2007
11. Don’t look for big things, just do small things with great love….The smaller the thing, the greater must be our love.
12. Intense love does not measure, it just gives.
13. What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.
14. If you think well of others, you will also speak well of others and to others. From the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. If your heart is full of love, you will speak of love.
15. 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.
16. Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.
17. It is not the magnitude of our actions but the amount of love that is put into them that matters.
18. 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.
19. 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.
20. 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.
21. 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.
22. 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.
23. Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired.
24. 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.
25. A joyful heart is the inevitable result of a heart burning with love. She gives most who gives with joy.
Excerpt from Wikipedia: Mother Teresa (August 26, 1910 – September 5, 1997), born Agnesë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, was an Albanian Roman Catholic nun with Indian citizenship who founded the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata (Calcutta), India in 1950. For over 45 years she ministered to the poor, sick, orphaned, and dying, while guiding the Missionaries of Charity’s expansion, first throughout India and then in other countries.
Sayings by Mother Teresa
1. Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.
2. 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.
3. Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.
#4 Mother Teresa Reflects on Working Toward Peace, essay, Santa Clara University
4. If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
5. If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
6. Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
7. 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.
8. Peace begins with a smile.
#9 Something Beautiful for God, Malcolm Muggeridge, 1971
9. The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.
14. 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.
15. The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved.
16. Live simply so others may simply live.
17. I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.
18. 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.
19. If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are.
20. Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.
21. I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.
22. 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.
23. If you can’t feed a hundred people, feed just one.
24. Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.
25. Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.
26. 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.
27. 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.
28. The way you help heal the world is you start with your own family.
29. Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.
#30-31 Mother Teresa’s Reaching Out In Love – Stories told by Mother Teresa, Compiled and Edited by Edward Le Joly and Jaya Chaliha, Barnes & Noble, 2002, p. 122
30. We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But if the drop was not in the ocean, I think the ocean would be less because of the missing drop.
31. I do not agree with a big way of doing things. What matters is the individual. If we wait till we get numbers, then we will be lost in the numbers and we will never be able to show that love and respect for the person.
#32 Mother Teresa: Her Mission to Serve God by Caring for the Poor, 1988
32. Be kind to each other in your homes. Be kind to those who surround you. I prefer that you make mistakes in kindness rather than that you work miracles in unkindness. Often just for one word, one look, one quick action, and darkness fills the heart of the one we love.