Inspiring Quotes from “In My Own Words” by Mother Teresa

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Read quotes, words, and prayers from the book Mother Teresa: In My Own Words.

Mother Teresa’s words and actions have inspired millions of people from every race and religion and country to help the poor and needy, a legacy that is her gift to all mankind for generations to come.

Mother Teresa founded Missionaries of Charity, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, and was awarded the Medal of Freedom—the United States’ highest civilian award in 1985. Mother Teresa served the world as a beacon shedding the light of hope, comfort, and peace.

In My Own Words is a timeless testament by Mother Teresa that gives the power of her words. Here are some quotes, stories, and prayers from the book “In my own words” that helped strengthen and inspire the poor, the dying, the suffering, and the doubting who she met during her lifetime, and that will continue to strengthen and inspire all who read them.

Quotes from In my own words by Mother Teresa

Quotes on Satisfying

1. “A way of satisfying our brethrens’ hunger is to share with them whatever we have – to share with them until we ourselves feel what they feel.” – Mother Teresa

Quotes on The greatest suffering

2. “The greatest suffering is to feel alone, unwanted, unloved.” – Mother Teresa

3. “The greatest suffering is having no one, forgetting what an intimate, truly human relationship is, not knowing what it means to be loved, not having a family or friends.” – Mother Teresa

Quotes on “How we will be judged by God?”

4. “At the moment of death, we will not be judged according to the number of good deeds we have done or by the diplomas we have received in our lifetime. We will be judged according to the love we have put into our work.” – Mother Teresa

5. “We will be judged by God according to love we have shown the poor, with whom God identifies: ‘You did it to me.” – Mother Teresa

Quotes on “Do not be afraid”

6. “Do not be afraid of loving to the point of sacrifice, until it hurts. Jesus’ love for us led him to his death.” – Mother Teresa

Quotes on Give

7. “Give them today, using our hands, their daily bread. And, using our love, give them peace and happiness.” – Mother Teresa

Quotes on Be Faithful

8. “God does not demand that I be successful. God demands that I be faithful.” – Mother Teresa

Quotes on Great Love

9. “God has created us so we do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa

10. “I believe in that great love, that comes, or should come from our heart, should start at home: with my family, my neighbors across the street, those right next door. And this love should then reach everyone.” – Mother Teresa

Quotes on “Where does love begin?”

11. “Let us never forget: love beings at home.” – Mother Teresa

Quotes on Love

12. “The less we have, the more we give. Seems absurd, but it’s the logic of love.” – Mother Teresa

13. “To smile at someone who is sad; to visit, even for a little while, someone who is lonely; to give someone shelter from the rain with our umbrella; to read something for someone who is blind; these and others can be small things, very small things, but they are appropriate to give our love of God concrete expression to the poor.” – Mother Teresa

14. “Where does love begin? In our own homes.” – Mother Teresa

15. “When does it begin? When we pray together. The family that prays together stays together.” – Mother Teresa

Quotes on Holiness

16. “Holiness does not consist in doing extraordinary things. It consists of accepting, with a smile, what Jesus sends us. It consists in accepting and following the will of God.” – Mother Teresa

Quotes on Salvation

17. “I am asked what is one to do to be sure that one is following the way of salvation. I answer: ‘Love God. And, above all, pray’.” – Mother Teresa

18. “I believe in the personal touch of one-to-one.” – Mother Teresa

Quotes on “What does God want from us?”

19. “If others are convinced that God wants them to change social structures, that is a matter for them to take up with God.” – Mother Teresa

Quotes on “What is the need for the poor?”

20. “I do not want you to give me your leftovers. Our poor do not need your condescending attitude nor your pity. The poor need your love and your kindness.” – Mother Teresa

Quotes on God

21. “We all have the duty to serve God where we are called to do so.” – Mother Teresa

22. “We should give God all the credit and be extremely sincere when we do so.” – Mother Teresa

Quotes on Smile

23. “I have the feeling that we are in such a hurry that we do not even have time to look at one another and smile.” – Mother Teresa

24. “I never will understand all the good that a simple smile can accomplish.” – Mother Teresa

Quotes on “See God in everything”

25. “If someone sees God in me, I am happy. I see God in everyone, and especially in those who suffer.” – Mother Teresa

Quotes on Become rich

26. “If that person places his or her money at the service of others, then the person becomes rich, very rich indeed.” – Mother Teresa

Quotes on Helping Nature

27. “If there are poor on the moon, we will go there too.” – Mother Teresa

28. “If we do the work for God and for his glory, we may be sanctified.” – Mother Teresa

Quotes on Be Humble

29. “If we were humble, nothing would change us–neither praise nor discouragement.” – Mother Teresa

30. “If we worry too much about ourselves, we won’t have time for others.” – Mother Teresa

Inspiring Quotes from In my own words

31. “It is better to have less in order to give it all to Jesus.” – Mother Teresa

32. “My calling is not to judge the institutions. I am not qualified to condemn anyone. I never think in terms of a crowd, but of individual persons. If I thought in terms of crowds, I would never begin my work.” – Mother Teresa

33. “Never forget that the poor are our masters… love them and serve them, with utter respect.” – Mother Teresa

34. “The important thing is not to do a lot or to do everything. The important thing is to be ready for anything, at all times; to be convinced that when serving the poor, we really serve God.” – Mother Teresa

35. “The more you save, the less you will be able to give. The less you have, the more you will know how to share.” – Mother Teresa

36. “Today it is very fashionable to talk about the poor. Unfortunately, it is not fashionable to talk with them.” – Mother Teresa

37. “My calling is not to judge the institutions. I am not qualified to condemn anyone. I never think in terms of a crowd, but of individual persons. If I thought in terms of crowds, I would never begin in my work.” – Mother Teresa

38. “We should ask questions like Do I know the poor? Do I know, in the first place, the poor in my family, in my home, those who are closest to me–people who are poor, but not because they lack bread?” – Mother Teresa

39. “We should go out to meet people. Meet the people who live far and those who live very close by. Meet the materially poor or the spiritually poor.” – Mother Teresa

Quotes on Hunger

40. “It is possible that our children, our husband, our wife, do not hunger for bread, do not need clothes, do not lack a house. But are we equally sure that none of them feels alone, abandoned, neglected, needing some affection? That, too, is poverty.” – Mother Teresa

Quotes on “How Jesus comes to meet us?”

41. “Jesus comes to meet us in the hungry, the naked, the lonely, the alcoholic, the drug addict, the prostitute, the street beggars.” – Mother Teresa

42. “God may come to you or me in a father who is alone, in a mother, in a brother, or in a sister. If we reject them, if we do not go out to meet them, we reject Jesus himself.” – Mother Teresa

Quotes on Peace

43. “Peace beings with a smile.” – Mother Teresa

44. “People are hungry for God. They long to hear his Word.” – Mother Teresa

Quotes on Poverty

45. “Poverty has not been created by God. We are the ones who have created poverty. Before God, we are all poor.” – Mother Teresa

46. “There are many kinds of poverty. Even in countries where the economic situation seems to be a good one, there are expressions of poverty hidden in a deep place, such as the tremendous loneliness of people who have been abandoned and who are suffering.” – Mother Teresa

Quotes on Prayer

47. “Prayer does not demand that we interrupt our work, but that we continue working as if it were a prayer.” – Mother Teresa

48. “The first requirement for prayer is silence. People of prayer are people of silence.” – Mother Teresa

Quotes on Pride

49. “Pride destroys everything. To imitate Jesus is the key to be meek and humble in heart.” – Mother Teresa

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