Mother Teresa Quotes

This is a previously published on NanaHood but it seemed like a good time to share it again. The visual images of children in Syria suffering from chemical weapons has stuck in my head and given me nightmares all week. If only we could all have a little more of Mother Teresa inside us, what a better world this would be!

If I were asked to compile a list of influential women who made a difference in this world, one of my top five would be Mother Teresa. Her kindness and concern for others was amazing. Her humility and willingness to serve others was inspiring. Even though she no longer lives, her words do and still speak to all of us. Here are a few of my favorite Mother Teresa quotes…

Mother Teresa Quotes

The first quote reminds me of my grandmother. I’ve never known anyone who was more kind and who always had a pleasant look on her face. Oh how I miss her sweet smile!

“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


“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


“The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love. The poverty in the West is a different kind of poverty — it is not only a poverty of loneliness but also of spirituality. There’s a hunger for love, as there is a hunger for God.”  Mother Teresa


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

My Brothers and Sisters

“I see somebody dying, I pick him up. I find somebody hungry, I give him food. He can love and be loved. I don’t look at his color, I don’t look at his religion. I don’t look at anything. Every person whether he is Hindu, Muslim or Buddhist, he is my brother, my sister.” Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa Quotes


Words are just words unless we live them. Mother Teresa lived her life according to her faith and as a result her words will live forever.


  1. Such a timely post and one that we all need at the moment. It is horrendous that there is still so much suffering in our world. My favourite is the quote about Love. I do believe now more than ever there is a hunger for love and a hunger for God.
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

  2. Thanks for sharing these quotes by Mother Teresa. I like the quote about giving someone love as they are hungry for it. It is just something small to talk with someone that needs encouragement, even if it’s just a smile or a hello. A little bit of kindness goes a long way,

  3. teresak 10 Apr, 2017

    Thanks so much for commenting Becky

  4. teresak 10 Apr, 2017

    Thanks so much Sue