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These famous Mother Teresa quotes show us a lady who dreamed, who loved, who accepted and who changed the world. No matter your religious background, or lack thereof, odds are pretty good that you still hold Mother Teresa in awe. I certainly do.

This blessed lady spoke volumes in so few words. It was difficult to narrow down the famous Mother Teresa quotes to just this page. Indeed, her whole life was a song.

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This is one famous Mother Teresa quote that speaks to her universal caring:

There is only one God and He is God to all;
therefore it is important that everyone is seen as equal before God.
I've always said we should help a Hindu become a better Hindu,
a Muslim become a better Muslim,
a Catholic become a better Catholic.

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?

The poor give us much more than we give them. They’re such strong people, living day to day with no food. And they never curse, never complain. We don’t have to give them pity or sympathy. We have so much to learn from them.

This famous Mother Teresa quote captures so wonderfully her anxious approach to solving problems:

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

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

Little things are indeed little,
but to be faithful in little things is a
great thing.

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.

Nakedness is not only for a piece of clothing;
nakedness is lack of human dignity,
and also that beautiful virtue of purity,
and lack of that respect for each other.

There is a terrible hunger for love.
We all experience that in our lives - the pain, the loneliness.
We must have the courage to recognize it.
The poor you may have right in your own family.
Find them.
Love them.

Speak tenderly to them.
Let there be kindness in your face,
in your eyes, in your smile,
in the warmth of your greeting.
Always have a cheerful smile.
Don't only give your care,
but give your heart as well.

If you are humble nothing will touch you,
neither praise nor disgrace,
because you know what you are.

Do not allow yourselves to be disheartened
by any failure as long as you have done your best.

If we really want to love
we must learn how to forgive.

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

We can do no great things;
only small things with great love.

Only in heaven will we see how much we owe to the poor
for helping us to love God better because of them.

This famous Mother Teresa quote might set the stage for every single life:


God doesn't require us to succeed;
he only requires that we try.

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

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Mother Teresa's Page.

Mother Teresa as a child

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On the happy occasion of your forthcoming Birthday, I join all the Missionaries of Charity in thanking Almighty God for the witness of your religious consecration and your untiring service of the poorest of the poor. As a pledge of strength and joy in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, I gladly impart my Apostolic Blessing."
  - Pope John Paul II
    April 22, 1996.



The famous quotes of Mother Teresa and her extraordinary life influenced the powerful, and the not so powerful, all around the world.


"When she walked into the room to greet me, I felt that I was indeed meeting a saint."
Evangelist, Billy Graham




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