Wise Words from Mother Teresa

Baby helping with Spring CleanupMother Teresa wrote hundreds of wise sayings, but I want to share just a few of my favorite this morning. Each is like a little jewel worth treasuring!

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

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

Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep,  for every dream precedes the goal.

Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.

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

I know God won’t give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish he didn’t trust me so much.

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 we pray, we will believe; If we believe, we will love; If we love, we will serve.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight; build it anyway.

I’m just a little pencil in the hand of a writing God sending a love letter to the world.

People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
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.

When Mother Teresa received the Nobel Prize, they asked her, “What can we do to promote world peace?” She answered, “Go home and love your family.”

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

Humility is the mother of all virtues; purity, charity and obedience. 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.

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

Peace begins with a smile.

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

Live simply so others may simply live.

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

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.

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.

I see Jesus in every human being. I say to myself, this is hungry Jesus, I must feed him. This is sick Jesus. This one has leprosy or gangrene; I must wash him and tend to him. I serve because I love Jesus.

“The words of the wise are like goads, and like nails firmly fixed are the collected sayings; they are given by one Shepherd.”
(Ecclesiastes 12:11, ESV)

(Thank you to my daughter-in-law, Brianna, for the picture of Samuel helping his daddy with spring clean up.)

4 responses to “Wise Words from Mother Teresa

  1. Charylene Powers

    This is wonderful – where did you find all of these quotes?

    • I just googled “Mother Teresa quotes” and read a bunch of different sites to find my favorites. The one that most convicts me is “Live simply so that others may simply live.”

  2. Charylene Powers

    I love the live simply quote, also.

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