Gifted to the world on 26th August 1910, Mother Teresa (Agnesë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu) was born to Nikollë and Drana Bojaxhiu, in Skopje, capital of the Republic of Macedonia. Right from the tender age of 12, Agnes felt a strong urge to commit herself to a religious life. Being determined in her thought, she left home when she was 18, to join the Sisters of Loreto. That was the last time she saw her family.
On 24th May 1931, Agnes took her first vows, and it was at this time when she chose to adopt the name 'Teresa'. She served as a teacher at the Loreto Convent school, Calcutta (now Kolkata). There she took her solemn vows on 14th May 1937. What followed, may be known to most, but not describable in a few words. Mother Teresa was and still, is the embodiment of kindness, love and all what God wants his followers to live their life with. 5th September 1997, was the day when this great lady bid farewell to the world to join the heavenly abode. During her blessed life, Mother Teresa quoted numerous phrases and sentences, citing the reflections of several aspects of human life, and what she felt about it.
Thoughtful Quotes by Mother Teresa
To begin, let us have a tiny glimpse of how Mother Teresa thought about life...
In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.
Our life of poverty is as necessary as the work itself. Only in heaven will we see how much we owe to the poor for helping us to love God better because of them.
I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself.
We must remember that life begins at home and we must also remember that the future of humanity passes through the family.
Once that living love is destroyed by contraception, abortion follows very easily.
Loneliness is the most terrible poverty.
Many people mistake our work for our vocation. Our vocation is the love of Jesus.
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.
There is always the danger that we may just do the work for the sake of the work. This is where the respect and the love and the devotion come in - that we do it to God, to Christ, and that's why we try to do it as beautifully as possible.
The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it.
One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.
The success of love is in the loving - it is not in the result of loving. Of course it is natural in love to want the best for the other person, but whether it turns out that way or not, does not determine the value of what we have done.
With all her deeds, this lady of benevolence spread nothing but happiness and kindness around the world...
A joyful heart is the inevitable result of a heart burning with love.
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.
There are no great things, only small things with great love. Happy are those.
One filled with joy preaches without preaching.
Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.
Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.
Peace begins with a smile.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
It is impossible to walk rapidly and be unhappy.
Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.
Mother Teresa is a great example of undying motivation and courage. Despite the space she left among us, her quotes still glimmer with her thoughts of sheer motivation for others...
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much.
If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
Do not allow yourselves to be disheartened by any failure as long as you have done your best.
Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.
I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.
God doesn't require us to succeed; he only requires that you try.
I try to give to the poor people for love what the rich could get for money. No, I wouldn't touch a leper for a thousand pounds; yet I willingly cure him for the love of God.
It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing. It is not how much we give, but how much love we put in the giving.
The above quotes are just a fraction of the noble life of this lady of mercy. And needless to say, the meaning of these quotes are as true as the life that this lovable lady lived. "Viva La Mother Teresa!"