Mother Teresa

Indian humanitarian & missionary (1910 - 1997)

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Before you speak, it is necessary for you to listen, for God speaks in the silence of the heart.
If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
If you find serenity and happiness, some people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
If you try, you will find it impossible to do one great thing. You can only do many small things with great love.
Intense love does not measure, it just gives.
It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our home. Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start.
Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echos are truly endless.
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.
Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the worst poverty of all.
More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones.
One filled with joy preaches without preaching.
The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved.
There are many in the world dying for a piece of bread, but there are many more dying for a little love.
We can do no great things; only small things with great love.
We can not do great things. We can only do little things with great love.
We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But if that drop was not in the ocean, I think the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. I do not agree with the big way of doing things.
What we do is less than a drop in the ocean. But if it were missing, the ocean would lack something.
When a poor person dies of hunger, it has not happened because God did not take care of him or her. It has happened because neither you nor I wanted to give that person what he or she needed.
When a poor person dies of hunger, it has not happened because God did not take care of him or her. It has happened because neither you nor I wanted to give that person what he or she needed.
When a poor person dies of hunger, it has not happened because God did not take care of him or her. It has happened because neither you nor I wanted to give that person what he or she needed.
Without out suffering, our work would just be social work, very good and helpful, but it would not be the work of Jesus Christ, not part of the Redemption. All the desolation of the poor people, not only their material poverty, but their spiritual destitution, must be redeemed. And we must share it, for only by being one with them can we redeem them by bringing God into their lives and bringing them to God.
Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.

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