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10 Life Lessons We Can Learn From Mother Teresa

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10 Life Lessons We Can Learn From Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa may have passed on years ago, but her incredible love and wisdom still live on today. She shared many life lessons throughout her time on Earth, many of which centered around love, compassion, helping others, and maintaining humility. She embodied a wonderful example for all of us to follow – to simply love and give help to others without asking of either in return. We invite you to read over some of her most famous quotes that will hopefully inspire you to love more, give more, and help more.

Here are 10 life lessons we can learn from Mother Teresa:

1. Speak as little as possible about yourself

“These are the few ways we can practice humility: To speak as little as possible of one’s self. To mind one’s own business. Not to want to manage other people’s affairs. To avoid curiosity. To accept contradictions and correction cheerfully. To pass over the mistakes of others. To accept insults and injuries. To accept being slighted, forgotten and disliked. To be kind and gentle even under provocation. Never to stand on one’s dignity. To choose always the hardest.”

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

2. Keep busy with your own affairs, not those of others

“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.”

“Live simply so others may simply live.”

“I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.”

3. Avoid curiosity

“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.”

4. Accept small irritations with good humor

“People are unrealistic, illogical, and self-centered. Love them anyway.”

5. Do not dwell on the faults of others

“I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.”

“Intense love does not measure; it just gives.”

“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.”

6. Accept censures even if unmerited

“I would rather make mistakes in kindness and compassion than work miracles in unkindness and hardness.”

7. Be courteous and delicate even when provoked

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

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

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

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

“A life not lived for others is not a life.”

8. Do not seek to be admired or loved.

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”

“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.”

9. Do not protect yourself behind your own dignity

“One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.”

“There must be a reason why some people can afford to live well. They must have worked for it. I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things that we could use.”

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”

10. Always choose the more difficult task

“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”

“Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go.”

“Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.”

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

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