50 Inspirational Quotes by Mother Teresa: Words to Live By

mother teresaMother Teresa, born as Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, was a remarkable woman known for her selfless work to alleviate the suffering of the impoverished and the downtrodden. In 1950, she founded the Missionaries of Charity, an organization dedicated to helping the poorest among the poor, the sick, the dying, and orphaned children. This Nobel Peace Prize laureate dedicated her life to spreading love and compassion in a world plagued by hatred and intolerance. Her words of wisdom, filled with inspiration and hope, continue to serve as a beacon of light for people around the world. Here are 50 inspirational quotes from Mother Teresa that will uplift your spirits and inspire you to make a difference in the world.

The list of Handpicked 50 Inspirational Quotes by Mother Teresa

  1. “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”
  2. “Peace begins with a smile.”
  3. “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”
  4. “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”
  5. “The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.”
  6. “It’s not about how much you do, but how much love you put into what you do that counts.”
  7. “Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.”
  8. “Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.”
  9. “We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.”
  10. “Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”
  11. “Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.”
  12. “Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the action that we do.”
  13. “We cannot do great things on this Earth, only small things with great love.”
  14. “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”
  15. “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”
  16. “I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.”
  17. “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.”
  18. “If we want a love message to be heard, it has to be sent out. To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.”
  19. “The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved.”
  20. “Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired.”
  21. “It is not the magnitude of our actions but the amount of love that is put into them that matters.”
  22. “Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.”
  23. “We do not need guns and bombs to bring peace, we need love and compassion.”
  24. “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
  25. “God doesn’t require us to succeed, he only requires that you try.”
  26. “Live simply so others may simply live.”
  27. “I want you to be concerned about your next door neighbor. Do you know your next door neighbor?”
  28. “Joy is strength.”
  29. “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.”
  30. “It’s the action that counts, not just the thought.”
  31. “The fruit of love is service, which is compassion in action.”
  32. “There is more hunger in the world for love and appreciation in this world than for bread.”
  33. “The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it.”
  34. “Words which do not give the light of Christ increase the darkness.”
  35. “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”
  36. “We fear the future because we are wasting the today.”
  37. “The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it’s all that matters.”
  38. “The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.”
  39. “There are no great things, only small things with great love. Happy are those.”
  40. “We can do no great things, only small things with great love.”
  41. “Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”
  42. “If we pray, we will believe; If we believe, we will love; If we love, we will serve.”
  43. “A life not lived for others is not a life.”
  44. Pain and suffering have come into your life, but remember pain, sorrow, suffering are but the kiss of Jesus – a sign that you have come so close to Him that He can kiss you.”
  45. “The greatest science in the world; in heaven and on earth; is love.”
  46. “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”
  47. “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.”
  48. “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.”
  49. “Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.”
  50. “The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted.”


Through her simple yet profound quotes, Mother Teresa teaches us that love, compassion, and service to others are the essence of a fulfilling life. Her words remind us that while we may not be able to change the entire world on our own, we can certainly make a difference in our small ways, and this ripple can eventually lead to a wave of change. As we journey through life, may we be inspired by Mother Teresa’s wisdom to live in love, serve others with compassion, and spread happiness wherever we go.