The former nun known as Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu on August 26, 1910 in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia and died September 5, 1997 in Kolkata India. Her parents were devout Catholics and active within the local church. Agnes attended parochial primary school and public secondary school. At the age of twelve she felt the first stirrings of a calling for a religious life. She took her first vows in Darjeeling India in 1931.
In Calcutta, she was part of the staff of a girl’s school where she taught and was principal until 1948, when she was granted permission to leave the convent. She spent the balance of her adult life laboring as a missionary among the poor and ill in Calcutta.
She was the founder of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity which was responsible for opening 610 foundations in 123 countries. The members of the Missionaries of Charity at the time of her death in 1997 numbered more than 4000. In addition there were thousands more who served as lay volunteers. They operate schools, medical clinics, a nursing home, an orphanage, and even a leper colony, She received many awards during her lifetime, including the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize.
There are a number of quotes available in her written works and letters. There are quotations from interviews or film images. There are also numerous misquotations or paraphrases that do not necessarily match other statements which can be documented. Here are a few of the common quotes.
Mother Teresa quotes about love
“A life not lived for others is not a life.”
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
“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 quotes about doing things
“I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.”
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
“If we pray, we will believe; If we believe, we will love; If we love, we will serve.”
“If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are.”
Mother Teresa quotes about judging
“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”
“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”
“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.”
Mother Teresa quotes about peace
“Peace begins with a smile.”
“The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.”
“When you don’t have anything, then you have everything.”
“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”
“Do not think that love in order to be genuine has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired. Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”
“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.”
“It is a kingly act to assist the fallen.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.”
“One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.”
“We cannot do great things on this Earth, only small things with great love.”
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