Looking for the best Mother Teresa quotes and sayings? Check out our collection of the top 110 quotes. We’ve included the most popular (“do it anyway”) and very inspiring Mother Teresa quotes on love, happy life, peace, compassion and more.

Top 110 Mother Teresa Quotes On Love, Life & Happiness


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“A life not lived for others is not a life.”

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109

“If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.”


108

“Peace begins with a smile. I will never understand all the good that a simple smile can accomplish.”


107

“Life is a song, sing it. Life is a struggle, accept it.”


106

“There is no key to happiness; the door is always open.”


105

“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.”


104

“Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is beauty, admire it. Life is a dream, realize it.”


103

“Life is love, enjoy it. Life is mystery, know it. Life is a promise, fulfill it.”


102

“There are many people who can do big things, but there are very few people who will do the small things.”


101

“Jesus said love one another. He didn’t say love the whole world.”


100

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

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99

“Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.”


98

“Nothing makes you happier than when you really reach out in mercy to someone who is badly hurt.”


97

“Do not worry about why problems exist in the world – just respond to people’s needs.”


96

“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.”


95

“The fruit of love is service, which is compassion in action.”


94

“Together we can do great things.”


93

“If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.”


92

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


91

“Never be so busy as not to think of others.”


90

“Life is a game, play it… Life is too precious, do not destroy it.”

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89

“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.”


88

“Do you want to do something beautiful for God? There is a person who needs you. This is your chance.”


87

“We must make our homes centers of compassion and forgive endlessly.”


86

“The more you have, the more you are occupied, the less you give. But the less you have the more free you are. Poverty for us is a freedom. It is not mortification, a penance. It is joyful freedom. There is no television here, no this, no that. But we are perfectly happy.”


85

“We have not come into the world to be numbered; we have been created for a purpose; for great things: to love and be loved.”


84

“Life is an adventure, dare it.”


83

“If we pray, we will believe; If we believe, we will love; If we love, we will serve.”


82

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


81

“People are generally irrational, unreasonable and selfish. They deserve to be loved, anyway.”


80

“I never look at the masses as my responsibility. I look at the individual. I can love only one person at a time. I can feed only one person at a time. Just one, one, one.”

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79

“You are greater than you know.”


78

“God doesn’t require us to succeed, he only requires that you try.”


77

“God has created us to love and to be loved, and this is the beginning of prayer-to know that He loves me, that I have been created for greater things.”


76

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”


75

“Be kind to each other. It is better to commit faults with gentleness than to work miracles with unkindness.”


74

“There is a light in this world, a healing spirit more powerful than any darkness we may encounter.”


73

“It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing. It is not how much we give, but how much love we put in the giving.”


72

“Do ordinary things with extraordinary love.”


71

“Whenever you share love with others, you’ll notice the peace that comes to you and to them.”


70

“If we really want to love we must learn how to forgive.”

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69

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”


68

“Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.”


67

“I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.”


66

“God does not create poverty; we do, because we do not share.”


65

“We must not be surprised when we hear of murders, killings, of wars, or of hatred… If a mother can kill her own child, what is left but for us to kill each other?”


64

“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.”


63

“I don’t do great things. I do small things with great love.”


62

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”


61

“I used to believe that prayer changes things, but now I know that prayer changes us, and we change things.”


60

“Your true character is most accurately measured by how you treat those who can do ‘Nothing’ for you.”

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59

“Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love but to use violence to get what they want.”


58

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


57

“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.”


56

“Doctors can heal the body, but it is music that uplifts the spirit.”


55

“God loves me. I’m not here just to fill a place, just to be a number. He has chosen me for a purpose. I know it.”


54

“For all those who make such stories which are not true, I only say God forgive all these people. I feel sorry for them because they are doing so much harm to themselves.”


53

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


52

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


51

“At the heart of silence is prayer. At the heart of prayer is faith. At the heart of faith is life. At the heart of life is service.”


50

“What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight; build it anyway.”

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49

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


48

“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.”


47

“Let us not use bombs and guns to overcome the world. Let us use love and compassion. Peace begins with a smile.”


46

“Be the living expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.”


45

“Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.”


44

“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.”


43

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


42

“One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.”


41

“Each one of them is Jesus in disguise.”


40

“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.”

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39

“Joy is prayer; joy is strength: joy is love; joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.”


38

“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.”


37

“We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.”


36

“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.”


35

“Peace begins with a smile.”


34

“We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.”


33

“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”


32

“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.”


31

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


30

“Go out into the world today and love the people you meet. Let your presence light new light in the hearts of people.”

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29

“Some people come in our life as blessings. Some come in your life as lessons.”


28

“The poor are great! The poor are wonderful! The poor are very generous! They give us much more than what we give them.”


27

“I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.”


26

“Do we know our poor people? Do we know the poor in our house, in our family? Perhaps they are not hungry for a piece of bread. Perhaps our children, husband, wife, are not hungry, or naked, or dispossessed, but are you sure there is no one there who feels unwanted, deprived of affection?”


25

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”


24

“Love begins by taking care of the closest ones – the ones at home.”


23

“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”


22

“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.”


21

“The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.”


20

“The openness of our hearts and minds can be measured by how wide we draw the circle of what we call family.”

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19

“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.”


18

“The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted.”


17

“None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful.”


16

“Intense love does not measure, it just gives.”


15

“Be kind and merciful. Let no one ever come to you without coming away better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness.”


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.”


13

“Words which do not give the light of Christ increase the darkness.”


12

“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.”


11

“If you 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.”


10

“If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; Be honest and frank anyway.”

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9

“If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives: Be kind anyway. If you are successful you will win some false friends and true enemies: Succeed anyway. If you are honest and frank people will try to cheat you: Be honest anyway. What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight: Build anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous of you: Be happy anyway. The good you do today, will often be forgotten by tomorrow: Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough: Give your best anyway.”


8

“No matter how tired you are, no matter how physically exhausting this work may be, it’s beautiful to bring a smile into someone’s life, to care for someone in need. What greater joy can there be?”


7

“The beginning of prayer is silence. If we really want to pray we must first learn to listen, for in the silence of the heart God speaks. And to be able to see that silence, to be able to hear God we need a clean heart; for a clean heart can see God, can hear God, can listen to God; and then only from the fullness of our heart can we speak to God. But we cannot speak unless we have listened, unless we have made that connection with God in the silence of our heart.”


6

“If you can’t do great things, do little things with great love. If you can’t do them with great love, do them with a little love. If you can’t do them with a little love, do them anyway.”


5

“I am nothing; I am but an instrument, a tiny pencil in the hands of the Lord with which He writes what he likes. However imperfect we are, he writes beautifully.”


4

“There is a light in this world, a healing spirit more powerful than any darkness we may encounter. We sometimes lose sight of this force when there is suffering, too much pain. Then suddenly, the spirit will emerge through the lives of ordinary people who hear a call and answer in extraordinary ways.”


3

“Death is nothing else but going home to God, the bond of love will be unbroken for all eternity.”


2

“If each of us would only sweep our own doorstep, the whole World would be clean.”


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“Abortion kills twice. It kills the body of the baby and it kills the conscience of the mother. Abortion is profoundly anti-women. Three quarters of its victims are women: Half the babies and all the mothers.”