Mother Teresa

Quotations

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

The greatest science in the world; in heaven and on earth; is love.

I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love.

I see God in every human being. When I wash the leper’s wounds, I feel I am nursing the Lord himself. Is it not a beautiful experience?

When I see waste here, I feel angry on the inside. I don’t approve of myself getting angry. But it’s something you can’t help after seeing Ethiopia.

If we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people to not kill each other? Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion.

National Prayer Breakfast Speech Against Abortion (1994)

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

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

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

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

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

It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing. It is not how much we give, but how much love we put in the giving.

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

Men do no great things, only small things with great love.

Peace begins with a smile.

There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread.