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Mother Teresa Quote: “God does not demand that I be succesful. God demands that I be faithful. When facing God, results are not important. Faithfulness is what is important.”

God does not demand that I be succesful. God demands that I be faithful. When facing God, results are not important. Faithfulness is what is important.

— Mother Teresa



Mother Teresa Quote: “If our bones were not sending whispers of doubt to our hearts, there would be no need for prayer at all.”

If our bones were not sending whispers of doubt to our hearts, there would be no need for prayer at all.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “I think that a person who is attached to riches, who lives with the worry of riches, is actually very poor. If this person puts his money at the service of others, then he is rich, very rich.”

I think that a person who is attached to riches, who lives with the worry of riches, is actually very poor. If this person puts his money at the service of others, then he is rich, very rich.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “Unless this love is among us, we can kill ourselves with work and it will only be work, not love. Work without love is slavery.”

Unless this love is among us, we can kill ourselves with work and it will only be work, not love. Work without love is slavery.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “It is a just retribution for improper sexual misconduct.”

It is a just retribution for improper sexual misconduct.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “Once we take our eyes away from ourselves, from our interests, from our own rights, privileges, ambitions – then they will become clear to see Jesus around us.”

Once we take our eyes away from ourselves, from our interests, from our own rights, privileges, ambitions – then they will become clear to see Jesus around us.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “We are not here to be successful, we are here to be FAITHFUL.”

We are not here to be successful, we are here to be FAITHFUL.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “Lord give me this seeing faith, then my work will never be monotonous. I will find joy in humoring the fancies and gratifying the wishes of all poor sufferers. O beloved sick, how doubly dear you are to me, when you personify Christ; and what a privilege is mine to be allowed to tend you.”

Lord give me this seeing faith, then my work will never be monotonous. I will find joy in humoring the fancies and gratifying the wishes of all poor sufferers. O beloved sick, how doubly dear you are to me, when you personify Christ; and what a privilege is mine to be allowed to tend you.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “So many signatures for such a small heart.”

So many signatures for such a small heart.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “People ask me what advice I have for a married couple struggling in their relationship. I always answer: pray and forgive. And to young people from violent homes, I say: pray and forgive. And again, even to the single mother with no family support: pray and forgive.”

People ask me what advice I have for a married couple struggling in their relationship. I always answer: pray and forgive. And to young people from violent homes, I say: pray and forgive. And again, even to the single mother with no family support: pray and forgive.

— Mother Teresa



Mother Teresa Quote: “It is impossible to love God without loving our neighbor.”

It is impossible to love God without loving our neighbor.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “It often happens that those who spend their time giving light to others, remain in darkness themselves.”

It often happens that those who spend their time giving light to others, remain in darkness themselves.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “If I’d never have picked up the first person, I’d never have picked up the 42,000 in Calcutta.”

If I’d never have picked up the first person, I’d never have picked up the 42,000 in Calcutta.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “Put yourself completely under the influence of Jesus, so that he may think his thoughts in your mind, do his work through your hands, for you will be all-powerful with him to strengthen you.”

Put yourself completely under the influence of Jesus, so that he may think his thoughts in your mind, do his work through your hands, for you will be all-powerful with him to strengthen you.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “I have come to realize more and more that the greatest disease and the greatest suffering is to be unwanted, unloved, uncared for, to be shunned by everybody, to be just nobody.”

I have come to realize more and more that the greatest disease and the greatest suffering is to be unwanted, unloved, uncared for, to be shunned by everybody, to be just nobody.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “Poverty was not created by God. It is we who have caused it, you and I through our egotism.”

Poverty was not created by God. It is we who have caused it, you and I through our egotism.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “The right to life does not depend, and must not be contingent, on the pleasure of anyone else, not even a parent or sovereign.”

The right to life does not depend, and must not be contingent, on the pleasure of anyone else, not even a parent or sovereign.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “When a poor person dies I want then to die in the arms of somebody who loves them. I want them to be able to look for the last time into the eyes of somebody who cares for them.”

When a poor person dies I want then to die in the arms of somebody who loves them. I want them to be able to look for the last time into the eyes of somebody who cares for them.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “We must free ourselves to be filled by God. Even God cannot fill what is full.”

We must free ourselves to be filled by God. Even God cannot fill what is full.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “Love: A fruit always in season.”

Love: A fruit always in season.

— Mother Teresa



Mother Teresa Quote: “I can do only one thing, like a little dog follow closely the Master’s footsteps. Pray that I be a cheerful dog.”

I can do only one thing, like a little dog follow closely the Master’s footsteps. Pray that I be a cheerful dog.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “God has created us to love and to be loved, and this is the beginning of prayer-to know that He loves me, that I have been created for greater things.”

God has created us to love and to be loved, and this is the beginning of prayer-to know that He loves me, that I have been created for greater things.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “I picked up a man from the street, and he was eaten up alive from worms. Nobody could stand him, and he was smelling so badly. I went to him to clean him, and he asked, ‘Why do you do this?’ I said, ‘Because I love you.’”

I picked up a man from the street, and he was eaten up alive from worms. Nobody could stand him, and he was smelling so badly. I went to him to clean him, and he asked, ‘Why do you do this?’ I said, ‘Because I love you.’

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “Riches, both material and spiritual, can choke you if you do not use them fairly. For not even God can put anything in a heart that is already full.”

Riches, both material and spiritual, can choke you if you do not use them fairly. For not even God can put anything in a heart that is already full.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “Let me thus praise You in the way You love best: by shining on those around me. Let me preach You without preaching, not by words, but by my example, by the catching force, the sympathetic influence of what I do, the evident fullness of the love my heart bears to You. Amen.”

Let me thus praise You in the way You love best: by shining on those around me. Let me preach You without preaching, not by words, but by my example, by the catching force, the sympathetic influence of what I do, the evident fullness of the love my heart bears to You. Amen.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “My prayer for you is that you come to understand and have the courage to answer Jesus’ call to you with the simple word ‘yes’.”

My prayer for you is that you come to understand and have the courage to answer Jesus’ call to you with the simple word ‘yes’.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “We complicate prayer as we complicate many things. It is to love Jesus with undivided love-for you, for me, for all of us. And that undivided love is put into action when we do as Jesus said, love as I have loved you.”

We complicate prayer as we complicate many things. It is to love Jesus with undivided love-for you, for me, for all of us. And that undivided love is put into action when we do as Jesus said, love as I have loved you.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “If faith is lacking, it is because there is too much selfishness, too much concern for personal gain. For faith to be true, it has to be generous and loving. Love and faith go together, they complete each other.”

If faith is lacking, it is because there is too much selfishness, too much concern for personal gain. For faith to be true, it has to be generous and loving. Love and faith go together, they complete each other.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “They should give until it hurts, maybe a very small thing, maybe just a packet of cigarettes, but instead of by smoking that one packet, maybe I share that packet with somebody who has not got even one cigarette, and that’s the beginning of love, to give until it hurts.”

They should give until it hurts, maybe a very small thing, maybe just a packet of cigarettes, but instead of by smoking that one packet, maybe I share that packet with somebody who has not got even one cigarette, and that’s the beginning of love, to give until it hurts.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “Give love to your children, to a wife or husband, to a next-door neighbour.”

Give love to your children, to a wife or husband, to a next-door neighbour.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “To be able to proclaim the Good News to the poor we must know what is poverty.”

To be able to proclaim the Good News to the poor we must know what is poverty.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “I love all religions, but I am in love with my own.”

I love all religions, but I am in love with my own.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “You can’t do God’s work without suffering.”

You can’t do God’s work without suffering.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “Our poverty is freedom. This is our poverty – the giving up our freedom to dispose of things, to choose, to possess.”

Our poverty is freedom. This is our poverty – the giving up our freedom to dispose of things, to choose, to possess.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “Recovering in a Calcutta, India hospital. I think I’m more difficult than critical.”

Recovering in a Calcutta, India hospital. I think I’m more difficult than critical.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “Any work of love brings a person face to face with God.”

Any work of love brings a person face to face with God.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “Let us not love by words alone, but let us love until it hurts.”

Let us not love by words alone, but let us love until it hurts.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “He who is faultless does not care for the opinion of others.”

He who is faultless does not care for the opinion of others.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “Be humble and you will never be disturbed. It is very difficult in practice because we all want to see the result of our work. Leave it to Jesus.”

Be humble and you will never be disturbed. It is very difficult in practice because we all want to see the result of our work. Leave it to Jesus.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “Because I cannot rely on myself, I rely on Him, twenty-four hours a day.”

Because I cannot rely on myself, I rely on Him, twenty-four hours a day.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “Without our suffering, our work would simply be social work, very good and helpful, but it would not be the work of Jesus Christ, not part of the Redemption.”

Without our suffering, our work would simply be social work, very good and helpful, but it would not be the work of Jesus Christ, not part of the Redemption.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “Dealing with the media is more difficult that bathing a leper.”

Dealing with the media is more difficult that bathing a leper.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “You weren’t created just to consume resources, you were put on this Earth to make a contribution.”

You weren’t created just to consume resources, you were put on this Earth to make a contribution.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “Love is proved by deeds; the more they cost us, the greater the proof of our love.”

Love is proved by deeds; the more they cost us, the greater the proof of our love.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “February 1997 – National Prayer Breakfast in Washington attended by the President and the First Lady. “What is taking place in America,” she said, “is a war against the child. And if we accept that the mother can kill her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another.””

February 1997 – National Prayer Breakfast in Washington attended by the President and the First Lady. “What is taking place in America,” she said, “is a war against the child. And if we accept that the mother can kill her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another.”

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “I do not agree with a big way of doing things. What matters is the individual. If we wait till we get numbers, then we will be lost in the numbers and we will never be able to show that love and respect for the person.”

I do not agree with a big way of doing things. What matters is the individual. If we wait till we get numbers, then we will be lost in the numbers and we will never be able to show that love and respect for the person.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “It is more difficult to fight poverty in a rich country than in a poor one.”

It is more difficult to fight poverty in a rich country than in a poor one.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “Silence gives us a new outlook on everything. We need silence to be able to touch souls. The essential thing is not what we say but what God says to us and through us.”

Silence gives us a new outlook on everything. We need silence to be able to touch souls. The essential thing is not what we say but what God says to us and through us.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “If there are poor on the moon, we will go there too.”

If there are poor on the moon, we will go there too.

— Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa Quote: “To be pure, to remain pure, can only come at a price, the price of knowing God and loving him enough to do his will. He will always give us the strength we need to keep purity as something as beautiful for him.”

To be pure, to remain pure, can only come at a price, the price of knowing God and loving him enough to do his will. He will always give us the strength we need to keep purity as something as beautiful for him.

— Mother Teresa

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