Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.

–Mother Teresa

The way you help heal the world is you start with your own family.
― Mother Teresa

Do we know our poor people? Do we know the poor in our house, in our family? Perhaps they are not hungry for a piece of bread. Perhaps our children, husband, wife, are not hungry, or naked, or dispossessed, but are you sure there is no one there who feels unwanted, deprived of affection?
― Mother Teresa, Heart of Joy

Let us more and more insist on raising funds of love, of kindness, of understanding, of peace. Money will come if we seek first the Kingdom of God – the rest will be given.
– Mother Teresa

It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.
― Mother Teresa

We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.
Mother Teresa

Give, but give until it hurts.
― Mother Teresa

If you are joyful, do not worry about lukewarmness. Joy will shine in your eyes and in your look, in your conversation and in your countenance. You will not be able to hide it because joy overflows.
― Mother Teresa, A Life For God: The Mother Teresa Reader

Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.
― Mother Teresa

We, the unwilling, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much, for so long, with so little, we are now qualified to do anything with nothing.
― Mother Teresa

In the West we have a tendency to be profit-oriented, where everything is measured according to the results and we get caught up in being more and more active to generate results. In the East — especially in India — I find that people are more content to just be, to just sit around under a banyan tree for half a day chatting to each other. We Westerners would probably call that wasting time. But there is value to it. Being with someone, listening wihtout a clock and without anticipation of results, teaches us about love. The success of love is in the loving — it is not in the result of loving.
― Mother Teresa, A Simple Path: Mother Teresa

But still, everything is for Jesus; so like that everything is beautiful, even though it is difficult.
― Mother Teresa, Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light

Why can’t there be love that never gets tired?
― Mother Teresa