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Mother Teresa Quotes

Updated on September 19, 2014

Welcome to Mother Teresa Quotes

View this collection of famous Mother Teresa Quotes about God, love, poverty, giving and serving others.Mother Teresa devoted her entire life to helping and serving the less fortunate. Get inspired by her words of wisdom.

Facts About Mother Teresa

  • Her real name was Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu
  • She was born August 26, 1910 in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia.
  • Recipient of the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize. When receiving the prize, Mother Teresa was asked, "What can we do to promote world peace?" Her response: "Go home and love your family ." Read Mother Teresa's Nobel Lecture Speech
  • Founded the Missionaries of Charity in 1950
  • Humanitarian who devoted her life to helping the poor, sick and orphaned in India. She devoted her life to God, but sometimes, even she was filled with doubts as this Time article "Mother Teresa's Crisis of Faith" illustrates.
  • Soon after her death was beatified by Pope John Paul II
  • Died September 5, 1997 at the age of 87

Mother Teresa Quotes On Giving and Serving Others

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

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.

~Mother Teresa

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

~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.

~Mother Teresa

Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.

~Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa Quotes On God

I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish

that He didn't trust me so much.

~Mother Teresa

Let us more and more insist on raising funds of love, of kindness,

of understanding, of peace. Money will come if we seek first the

Kingdom of God - the rest will be given.

~Mother Teresa

I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a

love letter to the world.

~Mother Teresa

God doesn't require us to succeed; he only requires that you try.

~Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa Quotes On Poverty

It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.

~Mother Teresa

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.

~Mother Teresa

We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless.

The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest

poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.

~Mother Teresa

Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.

~Mother Teresa

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.

~Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa Quotes on Love

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

~Mother Teresa

It is not the magnitude of our actions but the amount of love that is

put into them that matters.

~Mother Teresa

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

~Mother Teresa

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

~Mother Teresa

I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can

be no more hurt, only more love.

~Mother Teresa

Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to

that person, a beautiful thing.

~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.

~Mother Teresa

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you

without leaving happier.

~Mother Teresa

Love begins by taking care of the closest ones - the ones at home.

~Mother Teresa

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.

~Mother Teresa

Intense love does not measure, it just gives.

~Mother Teresa

Good works are links that form a chain of love.

~Mother Teresa

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

~Mother Teresa

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

~Mother Teresa

In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.

~Mother teresa

Kindness is a language we all understand. Even the blind can see it and the deaf can hear it.

~ Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa Quotes on Peace

A smile is the beginning of peace.

~Mother Teresa~

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

~Mother Teresa~

Famous Mother Teresa Prayer- The Final Analysis Prayer

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.

Watch and send this flash movie entitled Final Analysis to your friends. It is based on the above Mother Teresa Prayer.

Mother Teresa Prayer Wallpaper - Beautiful Sunset Wallpaper with quote by Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa: Book, CDs and DVDs

Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa

Beautiful amd inspirational movie about Mother Teresa's life and devotion to helping the sick, poor and dying. All this she did for God's glory. Mother Teresa succeeded like few others have because of her love, compassion, strength and conviction. A must see movie that will open your eyes and will show you how one person can and did make a difference.

Mother Teresa's Prayer Book
Mother Teresa's Prayer Book

Read many inspirational prayers used by Mother Teresa thoughout her day. Some of these prayers she wrote herself while others were written by great saints such as The Prayer of Saint Francis.


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      chaplainkathy 5 years ago

      This lens has touched the deepest depths of my heart and soul! Just love Mother Theresa!

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      gauravchopra 6 years ago

      âLoneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty'. one of my all time Favourite quote by mother Teresa -

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      adoptiondesigns 6 years ago

      Love the final analysis prayer. Have a copy of it on our fridge. :0) Great job on this lens.

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      NidhiRajat 6 years ago

      Mother Teresa is my source of inspiration. salute to this great lady....