Inspirational Quotes by Mother Teresa

As we honour Mother Teresa’s birthday, let these inspirational quotes about mothers, children and compassion remind us of God’s call.


Did you know Mother Teresa’s original name was Agnes? One of the greatest humanitarians of the 20th Century, Mother Teresa showed immense compassion and love to all those in need including mothers and children. Her empathy for her fellow human flowed through her words, forming inspirational quotes which continue to challenge and inspire new generations.

As we honour her birthday, let these quotes by Mother Teresa uplift you today.

Mother Teresa quotes about compassion

"Go out into the world today and love the people you meet. Let your presence light new light in the hearts of people."

The fruit of love is service, which is compassion in action.

"Love cannot remain by itself – it has no meaning. Love has to be put into action, and that action is service."

Intense love does not measure, it just gives.

Mother Teresa quotes for mothers

Kate carrying her baby


"The openness of our hearts and minds can be measured by how wide we draw the circle of what we call family."


"Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do…but how much love we put in that action."

"Do ordinary things with extraordinary love."

Mother Teresa quotes about love for children

Mother and baby

"Smile at each other. Smile at your wife, smile at your husband, smile at your children, smile at each other- it doesn't matter who it is- and that will help to grow up in greater love for each other."

The child is the beauty of God present in the world – that greatest gift to a family.

"God has created us to love and to be loved, and this is the beginning of prayer-to know that He loves me, that I have been created for greater things."

Mother Teresa inspirational quotes 

"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."


"We have not come into the world to be numbered; we have been created for a purpose; for great things: to love and be loved."


"I never look at the masses as my responsibility. I look at the individual. I can love only one person at a time."

"I can feed only one person at a time. Just one, one, one."

you are greater than you know

Here at Compassion, we’re passionate about serving and empowering people who are fighting to break free from poverty. We believe that every person is valuable and is a child of God yet every day, nearly 15,000 children under the age of five die from preventable causes*.

Which is why we’re raising funds to feed mums and babies around the world. Just £10 will feed a mum and baby for a month in Togo, donate today to help us continue the fight against poverty. 

Feed a mum and baby today



WORDS : Compassion UK

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