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Macedonian-Indian nun, Birth: 26-8-1910, Death: 5-9-1997 Mother Teresa Quotes
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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

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If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives: Be kind anyway. If you are successful you will win some false friends and true enemies: Succeed anyway. If you are honest and frank people will try to cheat you: Be honest anyway. What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight: Build anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous of you: Be happy anyway. The good you do today, will often be forgotten by tomorrow: Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough: Give your best anyway.
Mother Teresa

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The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.
Mother Teresa

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Some people come in our life as blessings. Some come in your life as lessons.
Mother Teresa

Some individuals grace our lives with gifts. Others come to teach us invaluable lessons.
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At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done. We will be judged by "I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless, and you took me in.
Mother Teresa

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I used to believe that prayer changes things, but now I know that prayer changes us, and we change things.
Mother Teresa

I formerly thought that supplication could alter circumstances, but now I understand that prayer alters us, and we adjust things.
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If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
Mother Teresa

If you criticise people, you have no time to care for them.
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Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.
Mother Teresa

Do not be concerned with quantity. Assist an individual at a time and always commence with the person closest to you.
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Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.
Mother Teresa

'The past is history, the future uncertain. All we have is this present moment. Let's make a start.'
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If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.
Mother Teresa

If you want to alter the world, return home and show your family affection.
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Your true character Is most accurately measured by how you treat those who can do 'Nothing' for you
Mother Teresa

Your genuine identity is accurately judged by how you treat those who can be of no benefit to you.
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I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.
Mother Teresa

I alone cannot alter the world, yet I can launch a pebble into the depths to generate multiple waves.
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Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.
Mother Teresa

Disseminate kindness wherever you roam. Let no one ever come to you without departing more content.
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On the British Royal Divorce (Charles and Dianna). She is such a sad soul. It is good that it is over. Nobody was happy anyhow. I know I should preach family love and unity, but in their case. . . .
Mother Teresa

The parting of Charles and Diana was a tragedy; their union never brought joy to anyone, so it is for the best that it has ended. Although I would ordinarily emphasize the importance of familial solidarity, in this specific situation...
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The beginning of prayer is silence. If we really want to pray we must first learn to listen, for in the silence of the heart God speaks. And to be able to see that silence, to be able to hear God we need a clean heart; for a clean heart can see God, can hear God, can listen to God; and then only from the fullness of our heart can we speak to God. But we cannot speak unless we have listened, unless we have made that connection with God in the silence of our heart.
Mother Teresa

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I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.
Mother Teresa

'I possess unique capabilities, you possess exclusive talents; if we collaborate, our potential is limitless.'
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Speak tenderly; let there be kindness in your face, in your eyes, in your smile, in the warmth of your greeting. Always have a cheerful smile. Don't only give your care, but give your heart as well.
Mother Teresa

Utter kindly; let benevolence radiate from your visage, your gaze, your grin, and the affability of your salutation. Maintain a pleasant expression always. Not only give your attention but also bestow your affection.
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Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
Mother Teresa

Generous utterances may be succinct and effortless to articulate, yet their reverberations are truly perpetual.
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There is much suffering in the world - physical, material, mental. The suffering of some can be blamed on the greed of others. The material and physical suffering is suffering from hunger, from homelessness, from all kinds of diseases. But the greatest suffering is being lonely, feeling unloved, having no one. I have come more and more to realize that it is being unwanted that is the worst disease that any human being can ever experience.
Mother Teresa

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I don't do great things. I do small things with great love.
Mother Teresa

'I don't accomplish remarkable feats. I perform trifling tasks with great passion.'
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None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful.
Mother Teresa

No one of us, including me, is able to accomplish extraordinary feats. Nevertheless, we can all contribute minor acts of kindness with great affection, and collectively create something miraculous.
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Be happy in the moment, that's enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.
Mother Teresa

Take delight in the present, that's sufficient. Each instant is all we require, no more.
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Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.
Mother Teresa

Every time you beam at someone, it is an act of affection, a present to that individual, a marvelous thing.
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And so let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love, and once we begin to love each other naturally we want to do something.
Mother Teresa

Let us always greet one another with a grin, for the smile is the commencement of affection, and when we start to cherish each other instinctually we become eager to do something.
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To Almighty God, it's not how much we give, but how much love we put in the giving. Love is not measured by how much we do; love is measured by how much love we put in; how much it is hurting us in loving.
Mother Teresa

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If you can't do great things, do little things with great love. If you can't do them with great love, do them with a little love. If you can't do them with a little love, do them anyway.
Mother Teresa

'If your capabilities are limited, approach small tasks with enthusiasm. If you cannot complete them with great enthusiasm, still attempt to do them with passion. Even if ardor is absent, don't neglect your responsibilities.'
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Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable. Be honest and transparent anyway.
Mother Teresa

Uprightness and openness leave you exposed. Be truthful and candid all the same.
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If you are discouraged it is a sign of pride because it shows you trust in your own power. Your self-sufficiency, your selfishness and your intellectual pride will inhibit His coming to live in your heart because God cannot fill what is already full. It is as simple as that.
Mother Teresa

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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.
Mother Teresa

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God does not create poverty; we do, because we do not share.
Mother Teresa

Humans create destitution; we do, because we are selfish.
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I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.
Mother Teresa

'I have uncovered the enigma, that if you adore until it pains, there can be no more agony, only greater affection.'
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Life is an adventure, dare it.
Mother Teresa

Embark on life's journey and take a chance.
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God doesn't require us to succeed, he only requires that you try.
Mother Teresa

Divinity does not necessitate success, only that you exert effort.
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I used to pray that God would feed the hungry, or do this or that, but now I pray that he will guide me to do whatever I'm supposed to do, what I can do. I used to pray for answers, but now I'm praying for strength. I used to believe that prayer changes things, but now I know that prayer changes us and we change things.
Mother Teresa

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There is a light in this world, a healing spirit more powerful than any darkness we may encounter. We sometimes lose sight of this force when there is suffering, too much pain. Then suddenly, the spirit will emerge through the lives of ordinary people who hear a call and answer in extraordinary ways.
Mother Teresa

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The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.
Mother Teresa

The craving for affection is much more difficult to satisfy than the craving for sustenance.
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We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.
Mother Teresa

'Our contribution may seem minute in the grand scheme of things, but it is still significant as the sea would be diminished without it.'
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I am nothing; I am but an instrument, a tiny pencil in the hands of the Lord with which He writes what he likes. However imperfect we are, he writes beautifully.
Mother Teresa

I am a mere speck; I am merely a tool, a miniscule implement in the palms of the Almighty with which He crafts what he desires. Despite our flaws, He composes exquisitely.
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People who love each other fully and truly are the happiest people in the world. They may have little, they may have nothing, but they are happy people. Everything depends on how we love one another.
Mother Teresa

'Those who are deeply and passionately devoted to each other are the most content people in the world. They may lack material possessions, but they still possess joy. All that matters is how fondly we cherish one another.'
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Be the living expression of God's kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.
Mother Teresa

Be the embodiment of God's benevolence; benevolence in your countenance, benevolence in your gaze, benevolence in your grin.
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What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.
Mother Teresa

Encourage domestic tranquility by cherishing your relatives.
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Whatever our religion, we know that if we really want to love, we must first learn to forgive before anything else.
Mother Teresa

No matter our faith, if we wish to show affection, it is essential to practice forgiveness before anything else.
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Love begins by taking care of the closest ones - the ones at home.
Mother Teresa

Cherishing those nearest and dearest commences with providing for them at home.
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Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.
Mother Teresa

Remain steadfast in trivial matters as your power resides there.
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Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the action that we do.
Mother Teresa

Affection starts within the household, and it is not the quantity of labor we perform that matters but rather the amount of emotion we inject into our efforts.
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There is a light in this world, a healing spirit more powerful than any darkness we may encounter.
Mother Teresa

There is a glimmer of hope in this world, an all-encompassing force more potent than any adversity we may face.
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We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls.
Mother Teresa

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Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.
Mother Teresa

Affection is an accessible harvest that ripens constantly.
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Peace and war begin at home. If we truly want peace in the world, let us begin by loving one another in our own families. If we want to spread joy, we need for every family to have joy.
Mother Teresa

'If we wish for harmony in the world, it must begin with affection within our own households. To foster delight, each family should be content.'
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Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.
Mother Teresa

Isolation and the sensation of being disregarded is the most dreadful destitution.