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100 Powerful quotes by Mother Teresa



In my previous post, I talked about 31 facts about Mother Teresa that you may have not known about, if you are yet to know facts about this great woman, kindly do so now. Today, we are going to be looking at 100 powerful quotes by Mother Teresa. These quotes are empowering, encouraging and thoughtful.

Read 100 Powerful quotes by Mother Teresa

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

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

3. “I know God won’t give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish he didn’t trust me so much.”

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

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

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

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

8. “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.”

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

10. “Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”[AdSense-A]

11. “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.”

12. “Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired.”

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

14. “Everybody today seems to be in such a terrible rush, anxious for greater developments and greater riches and so on, so that children have very little time for their parents. Parents have very little time for each other, and in the home begins the disruption of peace of the world.”

15. “Good works are links that form a chain of love.”

16. “I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.”

17. “I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I don’t 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?”

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

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

20. “I think I’m more difficult than critical.”

21. “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.”

22. “I want you to be concerned about your next door neighbor. Do you know your next door neighbor?”

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

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

25. “If we 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.”

26. “It is a kingly act to assist the fallen.”

27. “It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our own home. Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start.”

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

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

30. “It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.”

31. “Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.”

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

33. “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.”

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

35. “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.”

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

37. “Our life of poverty is as necessary as the work itself. Only in heaven will we see how much we owe to the poor for helping us to love God better because of them.”

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

39. “Peace begins with a smile.”

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.”

41. “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.”

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

43. “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.”

44. “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.”

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

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

47. “Please choose the way of peace. In the short term there may be winners and losers in this war that we all dread. But that never can, or never will justify the suffering, pain and loss of life your weapons will cause.”

48. “I have never been in a war before, but I have seen famine and death. I was asking (myself) what do they feel when they do this? I don’t understand it. They are all children of God. Why do they do it? I don’t understand.”

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

50. “We fear the future because we are wasting today.”

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

52. “Do ordinary things with extraordinary love.”

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

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

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

56. “When you don’t have anything, then you have everything.”

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

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

59. “Profound joy of the heart is like a magnet that indicates the path of life.”

60. “I prefer you to make mistakes in kindness than work miracles in unkindness.”

61. “We do not need guns and bombs to bring peace, we need love and compassion.”

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

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

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

65. “It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.”

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

67. “Work without love is slavery.”

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

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

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

71. “A life not lived for others is not a life.”[AdSense-A]

72. “I want you to be concerned about your next-door neighbor. Do you know your next-door neighbor?”

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

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

75. “How can there be too many children? That is like saying there are too many flowers.”

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

77. “Keep the corners of your mouth turned up. Speak in a low, persuasive tone. Listen; be teachable. Laugh at good stories and learn to tell them…For as long as you are green, you can grow.”

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

79. “I fear just one thing: Money! Greed was what motivated Judas to sell Jesus”

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

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

82. “It is only when you realize your nothingness, your emptiness, that God can fill you with Himself.”

83. “I am only a pencil in the hand of God, but it is He who writes.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

92. “The fruit of faith is love, and the fruit of love is service…spread love everywhere u go..”

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

94. “I go of my free choice, with the blessing of obedience.”

95. “Together we can do great things.”

96. “Poverty was not created by God. It is we who have caused it, you and I through our egotism.”

97. “We are not called to be successful, but faithful.”

98. “The greatest mistake is to think you are too strong to fall into temptation. Put your finger in the fire and it will burn. So we have to go through the fire.”

99. “If we are humble, nothing will change us, neither praise nor discouragement.”

100. “Do not allow yourselves to be disheartened by any failure as long as you have done your best.”

Which of these powerful quotes by Mother Teresa inspired you the most, and why?



  1. Yemi Owonikoko

    October 15, 2019 at 3:35 am

    This is great,educative,uplifting,spritual and everything. GOD ALMIGHTY is still blessing the memory of Mother Threads. Thanks for the compilation and publication. Please do more of this.

  2. Daniel

    October 13, 2019 at 11:51 am

    Need more note

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