30 Quotes from Mother Teresa: Inspiration for a Compassionate Life


Mother Teresa, also known as Saint Teresa of Calcutta, was a Catholic nun who devoted her life to serving the poor and sick in India. Her selfless work and profound spirituality have inspired millions of people around the world. Here are 30 of her most inspiring quotes, organized by number:

  1. “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”
  2. “The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.”
  3. “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”
  4. “I know God won’t give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish he didn’t trust me so much.”
  5. “Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.”
  6. “Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.”
  7. “Love cannot remain by itself – it has no meaning. Love has to be put into action, and that action is service.”
  8. “Peace begins with a smile.”
  9. “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”
  10. “I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.”
  11. “We can do no great things, only small things with great love.”
  12. “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”
  13. “Spread love everywhere you go, first of all in your own house. Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next-door neighbor.”
  14. “The success of love is in the loving – it is not in the result of loving.”
  15. “Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.”
  16. “Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.”
  17. “Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired.”
  18. “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.”
  19. “God doesn’t require us to succeed; he only requires that you try.”
  20. “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.”
  21. “There must be a reason why some people can afford to live well. They must have worked for it. I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things that we could use.”
  22. “Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”
  23. “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.”
  24. “I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.”
  25. “Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.”
  26. “There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread.”
  27. “Love is not a mere sentiment. It is the ultimate truth at the heart of creation.”
  28. “The greatest science in the world; in
  29. the world; in heaven and on earth, is love.”
  1. “Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.”
  2. “We can do no great things, only small things with great love

These 30 quotes from Mother Teresa serve as an inspiration for anyone who wishes to live a more compassionate and selfless life. Her message is one of love, service, and humility. She reminds us that we can all make a difference in the world, no matter how small our actions may seem. By spreading love and kindness wherever we go, we can bring hope and joy to those around us. Mother Teresa’s legacy continues to inspire us to this day, and her words will always serve as a guiding light for those seeking to make a positive impact in the world.

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