12 Most Inspirational Thoughts from Mother Teresa

12 Most Inspirational Thoughts from Mother Teresa

Inspired by my friend, Michelle Kay who wrote the popular post  12 Most Uplifting Quotes by Muhammad Ali, I would love to share with you a few of the intelligent thoughts of a tiny woman filled with love and compassion. Mother Teresa spent forty five years helping the most poor, sick and needy people in Calcutta, India. She created the Missionaries of Charity in 1950 and at the time of her death they had 610 missions in 123 countries.

To me, Mother Teresa exemplifies the ideals that she wrote about and lived each day. If you doubt if one person CAN make a difference, keep reading:

1. “Never travel faster than your guardian angel can fly.”

We spend each week ticking off the days from Monday and counting down until Friday rushing through the better part of our days. Slow down and enjoy the journey.

2. “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”

So simple and yet profound, it is much easier to find the faults of others instead of looking inward and contemplating what it is that we are seeing in this person that we are judging. It is a trait that we ourselves have and don’t see? Be generous and fair in your assessments of others.

3. “Peace begins with a smile.”

I truly believe that you can change someone’s day with a smile. It is free and so easy to give and yet in today’s busy crazy world everyone seems too overwhelmed to share the simplest gift. I guarantee you, if you give one, you will receive an even bigger one in return. Could be the best return on investment in the world.

4. “If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are.”

Being humble means that you believe in your heart that you are of lower importance and not arrogant in word, deed or action. To be truly humble is the ultimate in respect and love for your fellow mankind. Insincerity is easy spotted.

5. “Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.”

We have all the brain power and gifts we need, look inside and find YOUR dream and set about making it come true. Who says you can’t? They are wrong.

6. “Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.”

Each person needs to give to their community and neighborhood. Vote, help at the Senior Center, assist a neighbor with a tree that fell in their yard – small acts that make a difference in your smaller world add to the greater good of the entire world.

7. “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”

Why do we always remember the mean things that people say? Please consider your words before speaking, they last longer than you will imagine. If you are angry, take a break from the conversation and come back when you have calmed down. You can apologize for harsh words but not erase them. Be kind and speak honestly when giving compliments: it WILL make a difference to someone.

8. “Life is a game, play it.”

Heck yes – enjoy your life! Be smart, make good decisions and LIVE!

9. “Joy is a net of love in which you can catch souls.”

Being happy inspires others to be the same: trust me! What is better than contagious laughter? Nothing! Be joyful and share it with others. Not feeling it today, find someone who is and I bet that your day will get brighter.

10. “Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible.”

If you know someone who is lonely, please include them at lunch, invite them to dinner or call them. Human connection is one of our greatest needs. I cannot imagine having to go a day without a hug, can you?

11. “Do small things, with great love.”

We may not be able to start an orphanage but there is something small that you can do today that will make someone else’s day. Spread random acts of good deeds. Each small action will spark another to do the same. Pay it forward.

12. “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”

My absolute favorite Mother Teresa quote that I think about daily as it reminds me of my Grandma who was joyful and smiling every day of her live despite living without many comforts of life and enduring many challenges. She truly left each person happier and I aspire to do the same. Every single person in this world has trials and tribulations as well as joy. How you present yourself to the world is your choice alone. Be a person that people love to be with BY CHOICE.


Who inspires you and what do you do with this inspiration?

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Quotes from Mother Teresa from Good Reads.

Article by Peg Fitzpatrick

Peg Fitzpatrick


Peg Fitzpatrick is co-Editor-in-Chief of 12 Most . She's co-author of the best-selling book, The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users co-authored with Guy Kawasaki. Peg works with global brands and leaders in the social media sphere every day. She's spearheaded successful social-media campaigns for Motorola, Audi, Google, and Virgin as well as having been a brand ambassador for Kimpton Hotels. All about being positive and connecting, she is a true social butterfly. Tweet her and say hi at @pegfitzpatrick, find her Stumbling on StumbleUpon, rocking Google+ here Google or happily pinning on Pinterest.

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what is the source of your quote #12 - “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”


I love the quotes you selected and the examples you chose to share with us. My favorite line from your post Peggy: Be a person that people love to be with BY CHOICE.

I can't wait to meet you and Michelle IRL!




Dear Peggy,,

Lovely to read each word of mother teresa n also feels good ,,,,Thanks a lot,,,,,,Take Care



This is lovely. I wish so much that I could have once been in Mother Teresa's presence. I will share my favorite of all my favorites...

"I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much." ~Mother Teresa

This always gives me strength. Emotional and spiritual strength that has even resulted in a little more physical strength.... because my feeling is.."Mother Teresa knew this to be true. It must be true. Ok, I can do this too, with HIS help."

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Yes. She loved it and is sending it to all her friends today. :-)


Peggy, aloha. So appreciate this compilation of quotes by the incredible Mother Teresa. In return for yours, I will give you one of my favorite quotes of hers:

“People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”

Best wishes for a terrific rest of the week. Until next time, aloha. Janet


Peggy with this post you just confirmed again why I like to say that you inspire me every single day. Thanks for sharing this great thoughts with us.

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Fantastic post Peggy. Love it. Even sending it to my mom!

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I’ve shared the same doctor with Mother Teresa and play-boxed with Muhammad Ali (honestly!), but that doesn’t mean I don’t struggle to live these simple yet profound thoughts every single day! ;-)

Thanks for this inspiring post, Peggy!


Love, love, love Mother Theresa! Even her quotes make me feel warm and calm. #12 is one of my favorites and my own personal mantra! Great list!


Peggy, Mother Teresa is one of my most favorite role models. She was everything I could ever aspire to be, and I'm already millions of miles behind. These quotes show just a peek at what made her so wonderful. Thank you for sharing these!


Pegg you are my Mother Teresa! that.is.all.




Hi Peggy! This is a great post. So much could be learned from Mother Teresa - I support more than anything the "Do Not Judge" philosophy. I can't say I have perfected this, but I aspire everyday to not waste time judging but rather to find the best in people!

Thanks for this....So Much!!!


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