25 Powerful Mother Teresa Quotes on Love, Kindness and Compassion

Mother Teresa was and continues to be an inspiration to millions of people for her lifelong devotion to the most vulnerable and neediest people of the world by showing unconditional love, kindness, and compassion. She was an international symbol of charitable work through her tireless, selflessness, and sacrifice displayed in her own life. She showed love and compassion to the destitute of all religions and faiths. This selfless, lifelong act won her the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. In another selfless act, she donated the $190,000 prize money to the poor.

Mother Teresa was inspired by Catholic teachings, yet she won widespread affection and admiration in Calcutta, India, her adopted home.  She respected local customs and beliefs and placed people’s common humanity above religious divisions. She loved everyone as they were no matter their religious beliefs. Mother Teresa was canonized by the Roman Catholic Church as Saint Teresa in 2016.

There is much to be learned from the wise and loving words of Mother Teresa.


Here are 25 Mother Teresa quotes that will inspire you to be a better person.


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


Intense love does not measure, it just gives.


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


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


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


Love cannot remain by itself – it has no meaning. Love has to be put into action, and that action is service.


The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved.


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


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


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


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


What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.


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


Joy is a net of love in which you can catch souls.


Be happy in the moment. That’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.


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


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


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


I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I 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?


God doesn’t require us to succeed, he only requires that you try.


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


I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.


Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.


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.


Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.


You will see from the quotes above that Mother Teresa’s message was to spread love and kindness and to truly hold heart space for others. This is something we all capable of at this very moment. You get to choose what type of person you want to be as you move through your life. Will you choose love and kindness towards yourself and others?

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