80+ Mother Teresa Quotes That Will Inspire You
Published June 21, 2023
Dubbed “The Living Saint”, Mother Teresa or Saint Teresa of Calcutta is simply one of the most iconic figures of the 20th century. This diminutive woman not only changed how we do charity, she also provided us with a well of motivating and often soul-stirring pearls of wisdom.
So if you’re looking for some inspiration to make a difference, there’s no better person to look up to than Mother Teresa. Her passion for helping the less privileged and serving those whom society has neglected, this unassuming woman in a blue sari proved to us that everyone has the power to change the world.
That said, here are some of the most thought-provoking Mother Teresa quotes that will surely motivate you to make a difference and change the world.
Famous Quotes by Mother Teresa
- Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love.
- If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
- A life not lived for others is not a life.
- If you can’t feed a hundred people, feed just one.
- I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.
- I’m a little pencil in the hand of a writing God, who is sending a love letter to the world.
- Live simply so others may simply live.
- Each one of them is Jesus in disguise.
- 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.
- I do not pray for success; I ask for faithfulness.
- Some people come in our life as blessings. Some come in your life as lessons.
- Do extraordinary things with love.
Mother Teresa Quotes About Kindness and Charity
- Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
- It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.
- I prefer you to make mistakes in kindness than work miracles in unkindness.
- Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.
- The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.
- When you don’t have anything, then you have everything.
- The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved.
- The person who gives with a smile is the best giver because God loves a cheerful giver.
- Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.
- Be kind and merciful. Let no one ever come to you without coming away better and happier.
- One of the realities we’re all called to go through is to move from repulsion to compassion and from compassion to wonderment.
- 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.
- Poverty was not created by God. It is we who have caused it, you and I through our egotism.
- I know I am touching the living body of Christ in the broken bodies of the hungry and the suffering.
- I want you to be concerned about your next-door neighbor. Do you know your next-door neighbor?
- We have to possess before we can give.
- Not handouts, but rather hands held.
- We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.
Mother Teresa Quotes About Love
- Love is a fruit in season at all times and within reach of every hand.
- Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.
- Do not think that love in order to be genuine has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired.
- 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.
- If we really want to love, we must learn how to forgive.
- Love to be real, it must cost – it must hurt – it must empty us of self.
- People are unrealistic, illogical, and self-centered. Love them anyway.
- Prayer in action is love, love in action is service.
- Work without love is slavery.
- We must know that we have been created for greater things, not just to be a number in the world, not just to go for diplomas and degrees, this work and that work. We have been created in order to love and to be loved.
- The fruit of love is service, which is compassion in action.
- True love is giving and giving until it hurts.
- Go out into the world today and love the people you meet. Let your presence light new light in the hearts of people.
- I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.
- Even the rich are hungry for love, for being cared for, for being wanted, for having someone to call their own.
Most Inspiring Quotes from Mother Teresa
- We fear the future because we are wasting today.
- Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.
- God doesn’t require us to succeed, he only requires that you try.
- We must never be afraid to be a sign of contradiction for the world.
- Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.
- 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.
- If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are.
- Do not allow yourselves to be disheartened by any failure as long as you have done your best.
- Life is a challenge; we must take it.
- In order to keep the lamp burning you have to keep putting the oil in it.
- Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.
- Yes, you must live life beautifully and not allow the spirit of the world that makes gods out of power, riches, and pleasure make you to forget that you have been created for greater things.
- We interfere with God’s plans when we push in someone or something else not suitable for us. Be strict with yourself, and then be very strict with what you are receiving from the outside.
- I used to believe that prayer changes things, but now I know that prayer changes us, and we change things.
- What you spend years building maybe destroyed overnight; build it anyway.
- If you are discouraged, it is a sign of pride because it shows you trust in your own powers.
- Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; give the world the best you’ve got anyway.
- He will use you to accomplish great things on the condition that you believe much more in His love than in your weakness.
Mother Teresa Quotes About Family
- 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.
- The way you help heal the world is you start with your own family.
- Love begins by taking care of the closest ones – the ones at home.
- We must make our homes centers of compassion and forgive endlessly.
- If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.
- Peace and war start within one’s own home.
- The openness of our hearts and minds can be measured by how wide we draw the circle of what we call family.
Mother Teresa Quotes About Peace
- Peace begins with a smile.
- We do not need guns and bombs to bring peace, we need love and compassion.
- I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.
- If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
- Whenever you share love with others, you’ll notice the peace that comes to you and to them.
Mother Teresa Quotes About Happiness
- There is no key to happiness. The door is always open.
- Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.
- If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
- Profound joy of the heart is like a magnet that indicates the path of life.
- One filled with joy preaches without preaching.
- Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is beauty, admire it. Life is a dream, realise it.
- Life is a song, sing it. Life is a struggle, accept it.
- Never let anything so fill you with sorrow as to make you forget the joy of Christ risen.
7 Short Moral Stories that Changed My Life | by Shuxin Lim | The Post-Grad Survival Guide
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Jul 14, 2019
It’s easy to think that bedtime stories are for kids. It’s weird for a 15y/o to head over to their parent’s room and asked for story time. 😅 After spending the summer with my 4 y/o niece, and reading many bedtime stories, I love how it teaches life lessons in such simple language.
Stories are recognizable patterns, and in those patterns we find meaning.
Here are 7 short moral stories (classics, short stories and videos) that have taught me big lessons in my life.
There’s an old riddle that says five frogs are sitting on a lily pad. One decides to jump off. How many are left?
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If your answer is “four”, thank your maths teacher for your excellent maths skills. Unfortunately, this is not a test of your maths abilities.
It’s a life problem.
The correct answer is “five”. Yes, all five are still sitting there on the lily pad.
The one frog only decided to jump but hasn’t.
Life is not a spectator sport; it’s indeed a contact sport. and there are no practice sessions, and you’ve been in the game from day one.
As cliche as it seems ‘The journey starts with a single step’ — not by thinking about taking that step.
Moral: Be the frog who not only decides to jump off the lily pad but actually jumps.
You know the old fable of the Tortoise and the Hare:
Once upon a time a tortoise and a hare had an argument about who was faster.
They decided to settle the argument with a race. They agreed on a route and started off the race.
The hare shot ahead and ran briskly for some time. Then, seeing he was far ahead of the tortoise, he thought he’d sit down and rest for a while before continuing the race. He sat down under a tree and soon fell fast asleep.
The tortoise, plodding along, soon overtook him, passed him, crossed the finish line, and won the race.
The hare woke up and realized he’d lost.
Many people will conclude that Slow and Steady win the race. When I read the story, I feel that the real lesson is not about the tortoise at all, it’s about the hare.
The hare made a huge mistake, believing in its ability but then not actually proving it. In real life, you may have that great skill, one which everyone agrees, but you must still showcase that skill to win the competition.
Moral: Success depends on using your talents, not just having them.
When I first watched this video, as the professor poured the water into a glass, I expected him to ask the typical “glass half empty or glass half full” question. Instead, the professor asked, “How heavy is this glass of water?” Students shouted out answers ranging from eight ounces to sixteen ounces.
Video by Meir Kay
He replied, “The absolute weight of this glass doesn’t matter. It all depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute or two, it’s fairly light. If I hold it for an hour straight, its weight might make my arm ache a little. If I hold it for a day straight, my arm will likely cramp up and feel completely numb and paralyzed, forcing me to drop the glass to the floor. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it feels to me.”
As the class shook their heads in agreement, he continued, “Your stresses and worries in life are very much like this glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and you begin to ache a little. Think about them all day long, and you will feel completely numb and paralyzed — incapable of doing anything else until you drop them.”
This is a true analogy for many millennials including myself. I want to remind ourselves to take a chill pill. I know dozens of people in their mid-20’s who are literally working away the best decade of life because they want to be a hustler and achieve financial freedom.
While there’s nothing wrong with working hard, you shouldn’t sacrifice your quality of life for a big paycheck.
Moral: It’s important to remember to let go of your stresses and worries. Live life!
Despite it being an advertisement 😂, I really love the concept behind such Thai commercials, try watching them without crying will be hard! Try it!
Unsung Heroes ad by Thai Life Insurance
How many times have you gone out of your way to help someone in need?
This is a video where the protagonist demonstrates how small acts of kindness every day make genuine differences in the lives of others. A neglected plant gets a little extra water, an old lady gets a helping hand, and a needy child gets money for education. In return for his good deeds, he doesn’t get any materialistic rewards but the happiness is far more valuable.
Moral: Do what you can to help people in need, because there’s nothing more heartwarming than seeing their emotions.
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Once a young man asked the wise man, Socrates, the secret to success. Socrates patiently listened to the man’s question and told him to meet him near the river the next morning for the answer. The next morning Socrates asked the young man to walk with him towards the river. As they went in the river the water got up to their neck. But to the young man’s surprise, Socrates ducked him into the water.
The young man struggled to get out of the water, but Socrates was strong and kept him there until the boy started turning blue. Socrates pulled the man’s head out of the water. The young man gasps and took a deep breath of air. Socrates asked, ‘What did you want the most when your head was in the water?” The young man replied, “Air.” Socrates said, “That is the secret to success. When you want success as badly as you wanted the air while you were in the water, then you will get it. There is no other secret.”
Moral: A burning desire is the starting point of all accomplishment. Just like a small fire cannot give much heat, a weak desire cannot produce great results.
Once upon a time, there lived a shepherd boy who was bored watching his flock of sheep on the hill. To amuse himself, he shouted, “Wolf! Wolf! The sheep are being chased by the wolf!” The villagers came running to help the boy and save the sheep. They found nothing and the boy just laughed looking at their angry faces.
“Don’t cry ‘wolf’ when there’s no wolf boy!”, they said angrily and left. The boy just laughed at them.
After a while, he got bored and cried ‘wolf!’ again, fooling the villagers a second time. The angry villagers warned the boy a second time and left. The boy continued watching the flock. After a while, he saw a real wolf and cried loudly, “Wolf! Please help! The wolf is chasing the sheep. Help!”
But this time, no one turned up to help. By evening, when the boy didn’t return home, the villagers wondered what happened to him and went up to the hill. The boy sat on the hill weeping. “Why didn’t you come when I called out that there was a wolf?” he asked angrily. “The flock is scattered now”, he said.
An old villager approached him and said, “People won’t believe liars even when they tell the truth. We’ll look for your sheep tomorrow morning. Let’s go home now”.
Moral: Lying breaks trust. Nobody trusts a liar, even when he is telling the truth.
Yet another Thai commercial, this time on the topic of family.
‘Silence of love’ shows the sacrifices a deaf-mute father makes for his daughter, despite facing numerous rejections from her teenage daughter who thinks her father doesn’t understand her. I urge all of you to treasure your family members and thank them for being there no matter what you are going through in your life.
Moral: Family — where life begins and Love never ends.
Learning is never finished. Some of these lessons come from experience, yet there are others that we learn watching others or reading in books or watching videos. Hope you have learnt something today! Cheers, Shuxin. 😊
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Story Policeman — Nosov N.
N. Stories for children.
A story about a boy, Alik, who was very afraid of policemen. Once Alik got lost, a policeman approached him, but the boy started to run. Then he was caught, but he still didn’t want to talk to the law enforcement officer…
More than anything in the world, Alik was afraid of policemen. He was always scared at home by a policeman. Doesn’t listen — they tell him:
— Now the policeman will come!
Naughty — they say again:
— We’ll have to send you to the police!
Once Alik got lost. He didn’t even notice how it happened. He went out for a walk in the yard, then ran out into the street. I ran and ran and found myself in an unfamiliar place. Then, of course, he began to cry. People gathered around. They began to ask:
— Where do you live?
He doesn’t even know himself!
— We must send him to the police. They will find his address there.
And Alik, when he heard about the police, started crying even louder.
Then a policeman came up. He leaned over to Alik and asked:
— What is your name?
Alik raised his head, saw a policeman — and ran away from him. Just ran away. He was quickly caught and held, so as not to run somewhere else.
And he shouts:
— I don’t want to go to the police! I’d rather be deluded!
They say to him:
— You can’t be so deluded.
— I’ll find it anyway!
— How can you find it like that? So you won’t find it!
Then the policeman came up again. Alik saw him and raised such a cry that the policeman only waved his hand, walked away and hid behind the gate.
— Don’t scream. The policeman left, you see — he is not there!
— No, he didn’t. There he hid behind the gate, I see!
And the policeman shouts from behind the gate:
— Citizens, at least find out his last name, I’ll call the police by phone!
One woman says to Alik:
— I have a little boy I know, he will never get lost, because he knows his last name.
— I also know the last name, says Alik.
— Well, tell me.
— Kuznetsov. And the name is Alexander Ivanovich.
— Look at you. Well done! the woman praised. “It turns out you know everything!”
She approached the policeman and told him Alik’s last name. The policeman called the police on the phone, then he comes and says:
— He lives not far away: on Peschanaya Street. Who will help take the little boy home? And for some reason he’s afraid of me.
— Let me take you. It seems that he has already got used to me a little, — said the woman who recognized Alik’s surname.
She took Alik by the hand and led him home. The policeman followed behind. Alik calmed down and stopped crying. Only he kept looking back at the policeman and asking:
— Why is the policeman walking behind?
— Don’t be afraid of him! It’s for order. You see, you didn’t want to tell him your last name, but I did. He called the police, and they quickly found your address, because the police have all the names and addresses recorded.