Mary Teresa Bojaxhiu born at Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, Albanian on Aug 26, 1910, and died on Sept 5, 1997. She is commonly recognized as Mother Teresa and honored in the Roman Catholic Church as Saint Teresa of Calcutta, was an Albanian Indian Roman Catholic nun and missionary. Read 111 Mother Teresa Quotes that Will Change Your Perspective on Life.
Teresa was born in Skopje (now the capital of North Macedonia), then a member of the Kosovo Vilayet of the Ottoman Empire. After being in Skopje for eighteen years, she went to Ireland and later to India, where she remained for most of her lifetime.
In the 1950s, Teresa established the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic holy congregation that had over 4,500 nuns and was working in 133 countries in 2012.
The group manages homes for people who are dying of HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis. It also appears soup kitchens, mobile clinics, children’s, dispensaries, and family counseling programs, as well as orphanages house and institutions. Members take promises of chastity, poverty, and obedience, and also declare a fourth vow to give “wholehearted free help to the poorest of the poor.”
Teresa received several honors, including the 1962 Ramon Magsaysay Peace Prize and 1979 Nobel Peace Prize. She was canonized (approved by the church as a saint) on Sept 4, 2016, and the anniversary of her death (Sept 5) is her festival day.
A controversial personality during her life and after her death, Teresa was praised by many for her charitable work. Teresa was honored and criticized for her opposition to abortion and criticized for adverse conditions in her homes for the dying.
Navin Chawla wrote her authorized biography and published in 1992, and Mother Teresa has been the subject of movies and other books. On Sept 6, 2017, Teresa and St. Francis Xavier was named co-patrons of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Calcutta.
Mother Teresa Quotes On Family
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
Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is beauty, admire it. Life is a dream, realize it.
Death is nothing else but going home to God, the bond of love will be unbroken for all eternity.
There is no key to happiness; the door is always open.
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.
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.
Life is a song, sing it. Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is love, enjoy it. Life is a mystery, know it. Life is a promise, fulfill it.
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.
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.
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.
Mother Teresa Quotes On Life Do It Anyway
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.
There are many people who can do big things, but there are very few people who will do the small things.
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?
If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.
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.
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.
A life not lived for others is not a life.
Mother Teresa Quotes Prayer
Peace begins with a smile. I will never understand all the good that a simple smile can accomplish.
If we pray, we will believe; If we believe, we will love; If we love, we will serve.
Jesus said love one another. He didn’t say love the whole world.
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.
Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.
Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.
Be kind to each other. It is better to commit faults with gentleness than to work miracles with unkindness.
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.
If each of us would only sweep our own doorstep, the whole World would be clean.
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.
The openness of our hearts and minds can be measured by how wide we draw the circle of what we call family.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Mother Teresa Quotes On Life Happiness
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 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.
We must make our homes centers of compassion and forgive endlessly.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.
God doesn’t require us to succeed, he only requires that you try.
Jesus said love one another. He didn’t say love the whole world.
You are greater than you know.
Love begins by taking care of the closest ones – the ones at home.
Let us not use bombs and guns to overcome the world. Let us use love and compassion. Peace begins with a smile.
Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.
Words which do not give the light of Christ increase the darkness.
We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.
Mother Teresa Quotes On Love
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.
Be the living expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.
The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted.
I don’t do great things. I do small things with great love.
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.
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.
God does not create poverty; we do, because we do not share.
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.
The fruit of love is service, which is compassion in action.
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.
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.
Mother Teresa Quotes Kindness
Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.
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.
I try to give to the poor people for love what the rich could get for the money. No, I wouldn’t touch a leper for a thousand pounds; yet I willingly cure him for the love of God.
Love is a fruit in season at all times and within reach of every hand.
Be happy at the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.
Life is a game, play it… Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; Be honest and frank anyway.
I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.
Nothing makes you happier than when you really reach out in mercy to someone who is badly hurt.
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.
Together we can do great things.
Never be so busy as not to think of others.
Intense love does not measure, it just gives.
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?
Mother Teresa Quotes Life
Do not worry about why problems exist in the world – just respond to people’s needs.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
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.
Your true character is most accurately measured by how you treat those who can do ‘Nothing’ for you.
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?
Peace begins with a smile.
I used to believe that prayer changes things, but now I know that prayer changes us, and we change things.
If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
Volunteerism Quotes Mother Teresa
Whenever you share the love with others, you’ll notice the peace that comes to you and to them.
Some people come in our life as blessings. Some come in your life as lessons.
People are generally irrational, unreasonable and selfish. They deserve to be loved, anyway.
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.
The poor are great! The poor are wonderful! The poor are very generous! They give us much more than what we give them.
Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love but to use violence to get what they want.
Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
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.
Mother Teresa Quotes About Mothers
Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do… but how much love we put in that action.
Do you want to do something beautiful for God? There is a person who needs you. This is your chance.
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.
If we really want to love we must learn how to forgive.
I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.
I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.
Go out into the world today and love the people you meet. Let your presence light new light in the hearts of people.
Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.
Do ordinary things with extraordinary love.
Mother Teresa Poverty Quotes
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.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight; build it anyway.
Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.
Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.
There is a light in this world, a healing spirit more powerful than any darkness we may encounter.
If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
Doctors can heal the body, but it is music that uplifts the spirit.
Each one of them is Jesus in disguise.
Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
Mother Teresa Quotes On Friendship
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.
One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.
The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it.
Joy is prayer; joy is a strength: joy is love; joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.
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.
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.
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 determine the value of what we have done.
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.
Even the rich are hungry for love, for being cared for, for being wanted, for having someone to call their own.