Mother Teresa Quotes on Kindness, Love and Peace

Mother Teresa quotes are as relevant today as they were when she first said them. She was known for her wisdom and compassion and had a lot of advice to offer. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at some of her best quotes.

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  • Mother Teresa Short Biography
  • 48 Mother Teresa Quotes on Kindness and Peace
  • 35 Mother Teresa Quotes on Love
  • 17 Inspiring Mother Teresa Quotes 

Mother Teresa was born in 1910 in Albania. She joined the Sisters of Loreto in 1928 and went to India in 1929. She became a teacher and then a missionary.

She started her own order, the Missionaries of Charity, in 1950. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.

When she was eighteen, she felt a calling to become a nun. She entered the Sisters of Loreto, an Irish order of nuns, and in 1928 she was sent to India to teach at a girls’ school.

Mother Teresa is known for her work with the poor in Calcutta, India. She founded the Missionaries of Charity, which is a religious congregation that helps the poor, sick, and dying. Mother Teresa’s work with the poor has been praised by many, and she has received many awards for her work.

 Her legacy is one of compassion and service to others. Even today, her work continues to inspire people all over the world.

Mother Teresa Quotes on Kindness and Peace

  1. “Peace begins with a smile..”

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

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

4. “What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.”

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

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

7. “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.”

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

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

10. “The person who gives with a smile is the best giver because God loves a cheerful giver.”

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

12. “Live simply so others may simply live.”

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

14. “I would rather make mistakes in kindness and compassion than work miracles in unkindness and hardness.”

15. “Peace and war start within one’s own home. If we really want peace for the world, let us start by loving one another within our families. Sometimes it is hard for us to smile at one another.”

16. “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.”

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

18. “I feel the greatest destroyer of peace today is ‘Abortion’, because it is a war against the child… A direct killing of the innocent child, ‘Murder’ by the mother herself… And if we can accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?”

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

20. “The fruit of silence is prayer, the fruit of prayer is faith, the fruit of faith is love, the fruit of love is service and the fruit of service is peace.”

21. “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.

22. “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.”

23. “peace begins with smile”

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

25. “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.”

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

27. “If now we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten how to see God in one another.”

28. “If we worry too much about ourselves, we won’t have time for others”

29. “In the home begins the disruption of the peace of the world.”

30. “We learn humility through accepting humiliations cheerfully. Do not let a chance pass you by. It is so easy to be proud, harsh, moody and selfish, but we have been created for greater things. Why stoop down to things that will spoil the beauty of our hearts?”

Mother Teresa Quotes on Love 

31. “It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”

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

33. “I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, He will not ask, ‘How many good things have you done in your life?’ rather He will ask, ‘How much love did you put into what you did?”

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

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

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

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

38. “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”

39. “Love is not patronizing and charity isn’t about pity, it is about love. Charity and love are the same — with charity you give love, so don’t just give money but reach out your hand instead.”

40. “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.”

41. “Work without love is slavery.”

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42. “The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved.”

43. “I’m a little pencil in the hand of a writing God, who is sending a love letter to the world.”

44. “In loving one another through our works we bring an increase of grace and a growth in divine love.”

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

46. “When you judge someone you have no time to love them.”

47. “The less we have, the more we give. Seems absurd, but it’s the logic of love.”

48. “Joy is a net of love in which you can catch souls.”

49. “There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread.”

50. “People are unrealistic, illogical, and self-centered. Love them anyway.”

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

52. “Spread the love of God through your life but only use words when necessary.”

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

54. “A sacrifice to be real must cost, must hurt, and must empty ourselves. Give yourself fully to God. He will use you to accomplish great things on the condition that you believe much more in his love than in your weakness.”

56. “The greatest science in the world; in heaven and on earth; is love.”

57. “Love to be real, it must cost—it must hurt—it must empty us of self.”

58. “Prayer in action is love, love in action is service.”

59. “Let us all smile at each other for a smile is the beginning of love.”

60. “Jesus announced which will be the criteria of the final judgment of our lives: we will be judged according to love.We will be judged according to the poor of spirit or money.”

61. “Hungry for love, He looks at you. Thirsty for kindness, He begs of you. Naked for loyalty, He hopes in you. Homeless for shelter in your heart, He asks of you. Will you be that one to Him?”

62. “I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love.”

63. “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.”

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

65. “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.”

66. “Why can’t there be love that never gets tired?”

67. “True love is love that causes us pain, that hurts, and yet brings us joy. That is why we must pray to God and ask Him to give us the courage to love.”

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

69. “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.”

70. “Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own home. 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.

71. “When you know how much God is in love with you then you can only live your life radiating that love.”

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72. “Apread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever leave you without being happier.”

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

74. “A joyful heart is the normal result of a heart burning with love. She gives most who gives with joy.”

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

76. “There are no great things, only small things with great love. Happy are those.”

77. “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.”

78. “By our life and deeds of love, we are making the Church fully present in the world today.”

Inspiring Mother Teresa Quotes

79. “‎Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.”

80. “Life is a challenge, we must take it.”

81. “The best way to succeed in life is to act on the advice we give to others.”

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

83. “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.”

84. “If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are.”

85. “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.”

85. “If I look at the mass, I will never act. If I look at the one, I will.”

86. “I do not pray for success, I ask for faithfulness.”

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

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

89. “Sometimes a good feeling from inside is worth much more than a beautician.”

90. “The way you help heal the world is you start with your own family.”

91. “Joy is strength.”

92. “Never let anything so fill you with sorrow as to make you forget the joy of Christ risen.”

93. “The first requirement for prayer is silence. People of prayer are people of silence.”

94. “If you are discouraged, it is a sign of pride because it shows you trust in your own powers.”

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

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