Mother Teresa Book

In My Own Words

by Mother Teresa



We are going to focus our April Sticky Books on books that are solely focused on quotes. While it is not quite April, we are nearly there and spring is arriving here in Portland. (It’s beautiful and 70 degrees Fahrenheit this week. A welcome reprieve from the cold and rain. Our British friends should understand well.) Since we just celebrated Easter, our first Sticky Book of quotes is from the saint-ly and saint-ed Agnes Bojaxhiu–aka Mother Teresa.  




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


“The less we have, the more we give. Seems absurd, but it’s the logic of love.”


“The first requirement for prayer is silence. People of prayer are people of silence.”


“Sometimes people can hunger for more than bread. It is possible that our children, our husband, our wife, do not hunger for bread, do not need clothes, do not lack a house. But are we equally sure that none of them feels alone, abandoned, neglected, needing some affection? That, too, is poverty”


“There is a terrible hunger for love. We all experience that in our lives – the pain, the loneliness. We must have the courage to recognize it. The poor you may have right in your own family. Find them. Love them.”


“The poor are great! The poor are wonderful! The poor are very generous! They give us much more than what we give them.”
“I pray that you will understand the words of Jesus, “Love one another as I have loved you.” Ask yourself “How has he loved me? Do I really love others in the same way?” Unless this love is among us, we can kill ourselves with work and it will only be work, not love. Work without love is slavery.”


“Everybody today seems to be in such a terrible rush, anxious for greater developments and greater riches and so on, so that children have very little time for their parents. Parents have very little time for each other, and in the home begins the disruption of peace of the world.”


“Holiness does not consist in doing extraordinary things. It consists in accepting, with a smile, what Jesus sends us. It consists in accepting and following the will of God.”


“Love does not measure; it just gives.”

“Little things are indeed little, but to be faithful in little things is a great thing.”


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Sticky Books are those that you just can’t get out of your head. They stick with you long after you have put the book down and have moved on to something else. These are some of my Sticky Books. I don’t enjoy reviewing books myself. I find I am either full of far too much praise for the book because I know how difficult it can be to write a book, or I am far too negative about a book because, well, I guess I was just in a bad mood. So instead of reviews, I have pulled some of my favorite quotes from each Sticky Book.