Mother Teresa Inspirational Quotes

Mother Teresa, a symbol of compassion and selfless love, left behind an enduring legacy of wisdom through her quotes. Her profound insights on unconditional love continue to resonate with people worldwide, inspiring them to embrace love as a force of change and healing.

One of her most famous quotes, “I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love,” encapsulates the essence of her philosophy. Mother Teresa understood that love, when taken to its limits, transforms pain into a deeper and purer form of love. In this paradox, she revealed the remarkable power of love to transcend suffering.

She further emphasized this idea with her words, “Love until it hurts. Real love is always painful and hurts: then it is real and pure.” Mother Teresa stressed that genuine love isn’t always easy; it often requires self-sacrifice and even pain. However, it’s precisely through these challenges that love becomes more authentic and transcendent.

In a world often marked by division and apathy, Mother Teresa’s quotes encourage us to embrace love as a powerful tool for change. Her words remind us that love, when tested and stretched to its limits, becomes a healing force that knows no bounds. It’s a reminder that the path to true and pure love may be painful but is ultimately the most rewarding journey one can embark upon. Mother Teresa’s wisdom continues to inspire and guide us toward a more compassionate and loving world.


Mother Teresa Says: “A clean heart can see God, can speak to God, and can see the love of God in others.”

Mother Teresa Says:  “A joyful heart is the normal result of a heart burning with love. She gives most who gives with joy.”

Mother Teresa Says: “A sacrifice to be real must cost, must hurt, and must empty ourselves. Give yourself fully to God. He will use you to accomplish great things on the condition that you believe much more in his love than in your weakness.”

Mother Teresa Says: “At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done. We will be judged by “I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless, and you took me in.”

Mother Teresa Says: “Do not allow yourselves to be disheartened by any failure as long as you have done your best.”

Mother Teresa Says: “Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired.”

Mother Teresa Says: “Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.”

Mother Teresa Says: “Do not worry about why problems exist in the world – just respond to people’s needs.”

Mother Teresa Says: “Duty is a very personal thing. It is what comes from knowing the need to take action and not just a need to urge others to do something.”

Mother Teresa Says: “Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.”

Mother Teresa Says: “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 Says: “Give that child to me. I want it. I will care for it. I am willing to accept any child who would be aborted and to give that child to a married couple who will love the child and be loved by the child.”

Mother Teresa Says: “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 Says: “God gives us things to share, God doesn’t give us things to hold…”

Mother Teresa Says: “God speaks in the silence of the heart, and we listen. And then we speak to God from the fullness of our heart, and God listens. And this listening and this speaking is what prayer is meant to be….”

Mother Teresa Says:  “Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable. Be honest and transparent anyway.”

Mother Teresa Says: “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.”

Mother Teresa Says: “Hungry for love, He looks at you. Thirsty for kindness, He begs of you. Naked for loyalty, He hopes in you. Homeless for shelter in your heart, He asks of you. Will you be that one to Him?”

Mother Teresa Says: “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”

Mother Teresa Says: “I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I 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?”

Mother Teresa Says: “I believe in person to person. Every person is Christ to me, and since there is only one Jesus, that person is the one person in the world at that moment.”

Mother Teresa Says: “I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.”

Mother Teresa Says: “I choose the poverty of our poor people. But I am grateful to receive it (the Nobel) in the name of the hungry, the naked, the homeless, of the crippled, of the blind, of the lepers, of all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared for throughout society, people that have become a burden to the society and are shunned by everyone.”

Mother Teresa Says: “I feel the greatest destroyer of peace today is ‘Abortion’, because it is a war against the child… A direct killing of the innocent child, ‘Murder’ by the mother herself… And if we can accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love… And we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts…”

Mother Teresa Says: “I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.”

Mother Teresa Says: “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?”

Mother Teresa Says: “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.”

Mother Teresa Says: “I think the world today is upside down, and is suffering so much, because there is so very little love in the homes and in family life.”

Mother Teresa Says: “I used to believe that prayer changes things, but now I know that prayer changes us, and we change things.”

Mother Teresa Says: “I will never tire of repeating this: what the poor need the most is not pity but love. They need to feel respect for their human dignity, which is neither less nor different from the dignity of any other human being.”