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The Best Mother Teresa Quotes

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A list of the best Mother Teresa quotes. This list is arranged by which famous Mother Teresa quotes have received the most votes, so only the greatest Mother Teresa quotes are at the top of the list. All the most popular quotes from Mother Teresa should be listed here, but if any were missed you can add more at the end of the list. This list includes notable Mother Teresa quotes on various subjects, many of which are inspirational and thought provoking.

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    We can not do great things. We can only do little things with great love.

    Mother Teresa
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    Everybody today seems to be in such a terrible rush, anxious for greater developments and greater riches and so on, so that children have very little time for their parents. Parents have very little time for each other, and in the home begins the disruption of peace of the world.

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

    Mother Teresa
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    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.

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

    Mother Teresa
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    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.

    Mother Teresa
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    Smile at each other, smile at your wife, smile at your husband, smile at your children, smile at each other -- it doesn't matter who it is -- and that will help you to grow up in greater love for each other.

    Mother Teresa
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    Even the rich are hungry for love, for being cared for, for being wanted, for having someone to call their own.

    Mother Teresa
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    One filled with joy preaches without preaching.

    Mother Teresa
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    Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.

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

    Mother Teresa
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    When Christ said: I was hungry and you fed me, he didn't mean only the hunger for bread and for food; he also meant the hunger to be loved. Jesus himself experienced this loneliness. He came amongst his own and his own received him not, and it hurt him then and it has kept on hurting him. The same hunger, the same loneliness, the same having no one to be accepted by and to be loved and wanted by. Every human being in that case resembles Christ in his loneliness; and that is the hardest part, that's real hunger.

    Mother Teresa
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    Many people mistake our work for our vocation. Our vocation is the love of Jesus.

    Mother Teresa
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    Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do... but how much love we put in that action.

    Mother Teresa
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    Before you speak, it is necessary for you to listen, for God speaks in the silence of the heart.

    Mother Teresa
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    In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love

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

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

    Mother Teresa
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    Let us more and more insist on raising funds of love, of kindness, of understanding, of peace. Money will come if we seek first the Kingdom of God --the rest will be given.

    Mother Teresa
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    More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones.

    Mother Teresa
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    The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted.

    Mother Teresa
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    I try to give to the poor people for love what the rich could get for money. No, I wouldn't touch a leper for a thousand pounds; yet I willingly cure him for the love of God.

    Mother Teresa
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    One must really have suffered oneself to help others.

    Mother Teresa
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    There is hunger for ordinary bread, and there is hunger for love, for kindness, for thoughtfulness; and this is the great poverty that makes people suffer so much.

    Mother Teresa
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    Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. A joyful heart is the inevitable result of a heart burning with love

    Mother Teresa