Mother Teresa Quotes

Mother Teresa, born Agnes Gonxhe Bojaxhiu was a Catholic nun of Albanian ethnicity and Indian citizenship, who founded the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India in 1950.

At the age of eighteen she left her parental home in Skopje and joined the Sisters of Loreto, an Irish community of nuns with missions in India. From 1931 to 1948 Mother Teresa taught at St. Mary's High School in Calcutta.

The suffering and poverty she glimpsed outside the convent walls made such a deep lasting impression on her that

in 1948 she received permission from her superiors to leave the convent school and devote herself to working among the poorest in the slums of Calcutta.

Although she had no funds, she depended on Divine Providence, and started an open-air school for slum children.

Soon she was joined by voluntary helpers, and slowing started receiving financial support.

This made it possible for her to extend the scope of her work.

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.

By the 1970s, she was internationally famed as a humanitarian and advocate for the poor and helpless.

Mother Teresa won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and also India's highest civilian honor, the Bharat Ratna, in 1980 for her humanitarian work.

Mother Teresa Quotes


"Spread the love of God through your life but only use words when necessary."


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


"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."


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


"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."


"One filled with joy preaches without preaching."


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


"Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal."

"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."

"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."

"We cannot all do great things, but we can do small things with great love."


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


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


"Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts."


"It is not the magnitude of our actions but the amount of love that is put into them that matters."


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

"God made the world for the delight of human beings-- if we could see His goodness everywhere, His concern for us, His awareness of our needs:

the phone call we've waited for, the ride we are offered, the letter in the mail, just the little things He does for us throughout the day..."


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


"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."


"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."


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