Inspirational quotes to feed your soul and brighten your day.

412 Inspiring Quotes by Mother Teresa

  • Last updated Jun 28 2021

Welcome to our collection of quotes by Mother Teresa.

Wikipedia Summary for Mother Teresa

Mother Mary Teresa Bojaxhiu (born Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, Albanian: [aˈɲɛzə ˈɡɔndʒɛ bɔjaˈdʒiu]; 26 August 1910 – 5 September 1997), honoured in the Catholic Church as Saint Teresa of Calcutta, was an Albanian-Indian Roman Catholic nun and missionary. She was born in Skopje (now the capital of North Macedonia), then part of the Kosovo Vilayet of the Ottoman Empire. After living in Skopje for eighteen years, she moved to Ireland and then to India, where she lived for most of her life.

In 1950, Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious congregation that had over 4,500 nuns and was active in 133 countries in 2012. The congregation manages homes for people who are dying of HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis. It also runs soup kitchens, dispensaries, mobile clinics, children's and family counselling programmes, as well as orphanages and schools. Members take vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience, and also profess a fourth vow – to give "wholehearted free service to the poorest of the poor."Teresa received a number of honors, including the 1962 Ramon Magsaysay Peace Prize and the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize. She was canonised on 4 September 2016, and the anniversary of her death (5 September) is her feast day. A controversial figure during her life and after her death, Teresa was admired by many for her charitable work. She was praised and criticized on various counts, such as for her views on abortion and contraception, and was criticized for poor conditions in her houses for the dying. Her authorized biography was written by Navin Chawla and published in 1992, and she has been the subject of films and other books. On 6 September 2017, Teresa and St. Francis Xavier were named co-patrons of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Calcutta.

--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa

--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa

Longer Version:

If you are discouraged it is a sign of pride, because it shows you trust in your own powers. Never bother about other people's opinions. Be humble and you will never be disturbed. Remember St. Aloysius, who said he would continue to play billiards even if he knew he was going to die. Do you play well? Sleep well? Eat well? These are duties. Nothing is small for God.


--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa

Longer Version:

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.


--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa

--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa

--Mother Teresa

--Mother Teresa

--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa

Longer Version:

Let us be very sincere in our dealings with each other, and have the courage to accept each other as we are. Do not be surprised or become preoccupied at each other's failures -- rather, see and find in each other the good, for each one of us is created in the image of God.




--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa


--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa

--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa




--Mother Teresa

--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa

--Mother Teresa

--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa

--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa


--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa

Longer Version:

The biggest disease today is not leprosy or cancer or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling or being unwanted, uncared for, deserted by everybody. The greatest evil is the lack of love and charity, the terrible indifference towards one's neighbor who lives at the roadside, the victim of exploitation, corruption, poverty, and disease.


--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa

--Mother Teresa

--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa

--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa

Longer Version:

Human rights are not a privilege conferred by government. They are every human being's entitlement by virtue of his humanity. The right to life does not depend, and must not be contingent, on the pleasure of anyone else, not even a parent or sovereign. ... You must weep that your own government, at present, seems blind to this truth.


--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa


--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa

Longer Version:

In the silence of the heart God speaks. If you face God in prayer and silence, God will speak to you. Then you will know that you are nothing. It is only when you realize your nothingness, your emptiness, that God can fill you with Himself. Souls of prayer are souls of great silence.



--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa


--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa

--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa

--Mother Teresa

--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa


--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa

--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa

--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa

--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa

--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa

--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa

--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa

--Mother Teresa

Longer Version:

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.


--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa

--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa

--Mother Teresa


--Mother Teresa

--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa

--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa

Longer Version:

It is in being humble that our love becomes real, devoted and ardent. If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are. If you are blamed you will not be discouraged. If they call you a saint you will not put yourself on a pedestal.


--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa

Longer Version:

When Christ said: I was hungry and you fed me, he didn't mean only the hunger for bread and for food; he also meant the hunger to be loved. Jesus himself experienced this loneliness. He came amongst his own and his own received him not, and it hurt him then and it has kept on hurting him. The same hunger, the same loneliness, the same having no one to be accepted by and to be loved and wanted by. Every human being in that case resembles Christ in his loneliness; and that is the hardest part, that's real hunger.



--Mother Teresa

--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa

--Mother Teresa

Longer Version:

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.


--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa

Longer Version:

Prayer in action is love, and love in action is service. Try to give unconditionally whatever a person needs in the moment. The point is to do something, however small, and show you care through your actions by giving your time ... Do not worry about why problems exist in the world -- just respond to people's needs ... We feel what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean, but that ocean would be less without that drop.


--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa

--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa

--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa

--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa

--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa


--Mother Teresa

--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa

--Mother Teresa



--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa


--Mother Teresa


--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa

--Mother Teresa

--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa


--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa

Longer Version:

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.


--Mother Teresa


--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa

Longer Version:

Peace begins with a smile. I will never understand all the good that a simple smile can accomplish.


--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa

Longer Version:

Let us not use bombs and guns to overcome the world. Let us use love and compassion. Peace begins with a smile-smile five times a day at someone you don't really want to smile at at all-do it for peace. So let us radiate peace...and extinguish in the world and in the hearts of all men all hatred and love for power.


--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa

Longer Version:

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.


--Mother Teresa

--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa


--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa

--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa



--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa

--Mother Teresa



--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa

--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa

--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa

--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa

--Mother Teresa



--Mother Teresa

--Mother Teresa

--Mother Teresa


--Mother Teresa

--Mother Teresa

--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa

--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa

--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa

--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa

--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa

We welcome your feedback, error reports, feature requests, constructive criticism, and quote submissions here: Contact Us.

We wish you a perfect day!