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 Worldwide Laws of Life: 200 Eternal Spiritual Principles, John Templeton, 1998
2. 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.
#3 Love, A Fruit Always In Season: Daily Meditations from the Words of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, 1987
3. 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.
#4 Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light, Brian Kolodiejchuk, 2007
4. Don’t look for big things, just do small things with great love….The smaller the thing, the greater must be our love.
#5-7 The Love That Made Mother Teresa, David Scott, Chapter 8
5. 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.
6. The world today is upside down, and is suffering so much, because there is so very little love in the homes and in family life. We have not time for our children, we have not time for each other; there is not time to enjoy each other.
7. Love starts at home and lasts at home . . . the home is each one’s first field of loving, devotion, and service
#8-10 Mother Teresa – Nobel Lecture, 11 December 1979
8. And so let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love, and once we begin to love each other naturally we want to do something.
9. Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the action that we do.
10. Smile at each other, make time for each other in your family. Smile at each other.
#11 National Prayer Breakfast, Washington, DC, February 3, 1994
11. And so it is very important for us to realize that love, to be true, has to hurt. I must be willing to give whatever it takes not to harm other people and, in fact, to do good to them. 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.
12. Love can be misused for selfish motives. I love you but at the same time I want to take from you as much as I can, even the things that are not for me to take. Then there is no true love any more.
13. There is no great difference in reality between one country and another, because it is always people you meet everywhere. They may look different or be dressed differently or may have a different education or position; but they are all the same. They are all people to be loved, they are all hungry for love.
14. Especially be kind, be loving to the poor. We think we do so much for the poor, but it is they who make us rich.
Unsourced Mother Teresa Love Quotes
1. It is not how much you do, but how much Love you put into the doing that matters.
2. 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.
3. Intense love does not measure, it just gives.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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 Mother Teresa: Her Mission to Serve God by Caring for the Poor, 1988
1. 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.
#2-3 Testimonial 16
2. Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody … 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 Something Beautiful for God, Malcolm Muggeridge, 1971
5. The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted.
#6 Malcolm Muggeridge, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, A Gift For God: Prayers and Meditations, New York: Harper & Row, 1975. p. 61
6. I try to give to the poor people for love what the rich could get for money. No. I wouldn’t touch a leper for a thousand pounds; yet I willingly cure him for the love of God.
#7 Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light, 2007, Brian Kolodiejchuk
7. If I ever become a Saint — I surely be one of “darkness”. I will continually be absent from Heaven — to light the light of those in darkness on earth.
#8-9 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
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are.
11. Am I ever angry or frustrated? I only feel angry sometimes when I see waste, when things that we waste are what people need, things that would save them from dying. Frustrated? No, never.
12. I was asked why I did not give a rod with which to fish, in the hands of the poor, rather than give the fish itself as this makes them remain poor. So I told them: The people whom we pick up are not able to stand with a rod. So today I will give them fish and when they are able to stand, then I shall send them to you and you can give them the rod. That is your job. Let me do my work today.
13. Charity for the poor is like a living flame; the drier the fuel, the brighter it burns. In your service to the poor do not give only your hands but also your hearts. Charity to be fruitful must cost us.
14. Charity begins today. Today somebody is suffering, today somebody is in the street, today somebody is hungry. Our work is for today, yesterday has gone, tomorrow has not yet come.
Unsourced Mother Teresa Quotes
1. 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.
2. Peace begins with a smile.
3. Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.
4. 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.
5. The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved.
6. 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.
7. Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.
8. Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.