“Not all of us can do great things.
But we can do small things with great love.”
“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”
“There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love. The poverty in the West is a different kind of poverty — it is not only a poverty of loneliness but also of spirituality. There’s a hunger for love, as there is a hunger for God.”
“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.”
“God doesn’t require us to succeed,
he only requires that you try.”
“The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved.”
“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”
“I know God won’t give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish he didn’t trust me so much.”
“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”
108 thoughts on “Lessons in Humanity”
Gosh, I love this beautiful post. That first quote I have up on my wall. You know something funny? My partner can’t stand that quote – he’s a man and men think that they should be creating big, important things 😉 Us women, we know better – it’s in the everyday, little things where the greatness resides xo
Boys will be boys! 🙂 Thank you very much for the visit and comment Sara.
She was a woman full of love and I admire the sacrifices she made for so many people.
I agree. Couldn’t think of a truer representative of the theme. Thank you for reading and for the share Colline.
I am a fan of Mother Theresa and you captured her beliefs so well.
What a beautiful post, Madhu! Thank you! 🙂
Thank YOU for reading Marina. And for the shares 🙂
A fab collection of quotes Madhu 🙂
Anything I had to say about these images felt inadequate in comparison Gilly.
Thoughtful selection of photos. They speak volumes. Humanity huh? Sometimes I wonder where it is…
Thank you Roughseas. Me too 😦
Mother Teresa’s quotes really target the human condition of loneliness all around us. Acting out of love is the greatest gift anyone can give. The smile on the young boy’s face hopefully brings joy to those around him.
It did to me Lynne. That unforgettable smile is proof that you don’t need much to be happy. In fact I am convinced having too much is a sure cause for boredom! 🙂
Hope Paris is treating you well 🙂
Madhu, I’m speechless. The photos are stunning (as always) and the quotes that go along with them are so raw and beautiful. Gorgeous gorgeous entry my friend!
Kind of you Nicole. Thank you very much for the lovely comment 🙂
Wonderful post that captures a slice of humanity so well.. Thank you for sharing!
Thank you for reading and taking the time to tell me 🙂
Beautiful captures and profoundly beautiful quotes from the life and faith of Mother Teresa. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you. Mother Teresa gave ‘humanitarian’ a whole new meaning.
For some reason, the exit the taxi photo stands as my favorite, and the quote — surprised to see, from Mother Teresa
The lady in the white is a sister belonging to Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity. Witnessing her legacy of compassion in action was deeply moving.
So much beautiful humanity int this post Madhu.
Thank you Bente.
A beautiful insight to humanity and words to live by.
Thank you Angeline.
Beautiful post! Thank you so much for sharing! 🙂
You are most welcome. Thank you for reading 🙂
I feel sadness for some of the people you have lovingly captured, and great respect for others. I am very privileged to have health, companionship and relative wealth. I wonder how I can spread these things where they are lacking. Thank you for provoking thought and gratitude on a Saturday morning.
Meg, I am just the messenger of those profound words! But thank you for reading. Yes, some of the people above are sad, but on average i am amazed by the capacity for happiness among the very deprived. Always humbling.
This is such a lovely post, Madhu. Your photos of people are very eloquent on their own. Pairing them with Mother Teresa’s words made them soar. Mother Teresa is one of the wisest women to come along in my lifetime. 🙂
Thank you Imelda. Those profound words add a depth of meaning to the images don’t they?
such amazing, lovely post. Your photos like a Paradise!!
Thank you very much Mihrank. Much appreciated.
Beautiful images, Madhu. And the quotes are the cherries on the pie.
Thank you Marion. Couldn’t go wrong with those inspiring quotes.
A fabulous, moving post Madhu. With all the wars and atrocities being reported in the world today, it can sometimes feel so easy to lose sight of humanity; we forget that our allies and enemies, victims and perpetrators are all people in the end. Your portraits are paired so perfectly with Mother Teresa’s quotes. I hope more readers around the world get to see this.
Thank you for your kind words James. You are right. Traveling especially opens our eyes to the fact that people are just people anywhere in the world, eking out a living as best they can. And that poverty and loneliness isn’t restricted to third world countries. Wish we weren’t hell bent on destroying each other.
Madhu, perfect pairing of quotes from one filled with love for humanity and photos of humanity Wonderful.
Thank you Janet. Have a great week ahead.
Considerando la casualità con cui si fanno le fotografie e l’unione che tu hai fatto con le parole di Madre Teresa significa solo che nel cuore hai una grande ricchezza.
Very kind of you Popof! Every single one of these ‘ordinary’ people made compelling subjects that were impossible to ignore. They are telling their stories….I am just the messenger 🙂
Lovely pictures and a great post, Madhu! All the best!
To you too. Thank you for reading Paritosh.
Beautiful photos, Madhu, and excellent quotes from someone I greatly admired, Mother Teresa.
I love that boy’s smile, the one in blue. I posted this on my FB page. 😉
Thank you Judy. That boy helped serve tables and pack rotis at the little restaurant. His dazzling smile was especially poignant because he reminded me so much of my grandson.
Wonderful response Madhu – lovely portraits paired perfectly with powerful quotes. Nicely done.
Many thanks Tina. Happy you think so! 🙂
Excellent post, beautiful images!
Thank you very much Sue.
I loved this collection of quotes, Madhu. The perfect person to bring to mind with the prompt of “humanity”.
My thoughts exactly 🙂 Have a great week ahead Kan.
I can’t think of a better messenger to send us a lesson in humanity than Mother Theresa. Touching images, Madhu.
Neither could I! Thank you Paula 🙂
I really enjoyed being reminded of this. Love and concern for humanity is the test of a true saint and this woman was one of those.
She sure was!!! Glad you enjoyed reading this Ian. Happy Tuesday! 🙂
Wonderful and very truthful set of quotes from an inspirational lady, Madhu. Your photos compliment them perfectly. The only one I can come anywhere near is smiling as much as I can. 🙂
Thank you Jo. Me too 🙂
Madhu, it’s great to be able to get back to reading your posts. These are beautiful pictures and great quotes as well. Wonderful post.
Thank you very much David. Have a great day.
What a wonderful post. Thank you.
Thank you for reading Maralee 🙂
Beautiful clicks and such wise quotes from the Mother to compliment them. I just wrote a post using one of her quotes and then stumbled upon this post. Lucky me! 🙂
Thanks Rekha. Shall be over to read your post as soon as I possibly can 🙂
Are these your photos, Madhu? They are absolutely extraordinary, and so beautifully matched with the quotes. They make me feel ashamed and inspired all at once —
Yes Judith, these are my photos. I couldn’t think of better words than Mother Teresa’s to describe how I felt when I clicked them! Thank you for your thoughtful comment.
Outstanding post with awesome quotes with fitting images to match for the mind.
Ah thank your for the compliments Frank! Much appreciated 🙂
really enjoyed my visit to this post. Mother Teresa was a wise woman. had the privilege of hearing her speak when she came to Vancouver for the Habitat meetings more years ago than i care to admit 🙂 (can that really have been 1976? i must have just been born, lol)
humanity – where is it? i think it is one person at a time making a difference, or making a contact. or, as MT said, sharing a smile. in my travels throughout Germany i have found that many transactions and connections are simply business-like. no small-talk or smiles between the customers and the cashier or post office teller.
and yet it was interesting to see how one of my aunts there made it a point to say hello and smile, and it always added a pleasantry to the business transaction that was more than just being polite. and over time people would know who she was, and the small talk was delightful.
and it has had an impact on me. part of my job requires being on a phone queue which includes incoming calls from a partnering business. whenever a new agent calls in that i haven’t heard from before and they start right in with their questions, i always ask, ‘who am i speaking to?’ before continuing. the person on the other line is that – another person. i have not yet found anyone objecting to that touch of humanity, and it adds something to the phone calls, and over time laughs are shared, some news about travel abroad or news events, or how our pets are doing. and it only takes up a few seconds. simply a touch of humanity.
so many thanks to my aunt who was such a great role model. those few seconds make my job so enjoyable.
Thank you for that lovely thought provoking comment! I agree, the human element seems to have eroded at some point. The number of people who do not make eye contact or cannot be bothered to even greet you, seem to be proliferating. it is up to thoughtful people like your aunt – and you – to revive humanity with that personal touch. My husband does most of his marketing on the phone and he too insists on knowing each of his customers, as well as their secretaries/ assistants, by name. The animated discussions on cricket and politics that ensue with some of them is always amusing to me! 🙂
Truly a beautiful post.
Never easy to take photographs that can match up to those powerful quotes. Each of your images does full justice to the beauty of those words. Thank you for sharing, Madhu.
That is very kind of you Uday. Much appreciated.
I love quotes and you’ve illustrated each one very well — Beautiful post Madhu! -Ginette
Thank you Ginette. Quotes are a life saver when you are at a loss for words 🙂
Lovely post Madhu! 🙂 Food for thought.
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A lovely post. Both words and images!
Thank you Brian for the lovely comment and the share. Africa was amazing 🙂
Glad you enjoyed it Madhu. Now maybe you understand why one never “gets over” Africa! 🙂
Wow. How beautiful pictures and quotes! So inspirational! Thank you so much for sharing this!
Thank you for your visit and comment Hanne! Delighted to meet you 🙂
Powerful, Madhu…every single one of them. What a beautiful and heartfelt post…
Those profound words pack a punch Ese. Thank you for reading.
I was really moved with this post – I wish I could have been filming my face because I know I felt different highs with each photo – wonderful capture of humanity – 🙂 ❤
Yvette, thank you for your lovely comment. Much appreciated.
Mother Teresa calms my soul. I could read about her and study her quotes for hours. I’ve missed your wonderful posts. Hope all is well and that you’re safe and happily absorbed in a new adventure!
As you know by now, I was on a safari in Tanzania. Have missed you too Elisa, glad you are back 🙂
Great snaps and glad that India is showcased in a beautiful way
Thank you very much Jason.
Amazing photos, Madhu! A lot of variety and similarities in them. 🙂
Yes, the problems people face across the world are universal, as are their aspirations. Thank you for reading Nandini.
hey this post is just superb with quotes that represents pictures
Thank you Falguni & Harshal for your visit and lovely comment. Happy to meet you 🙂
We need to be constantly reminded of this. Mother Theresa puts us all to shame.
I totally agree Ian.
Great quotes beautifully illustrated by brilliant pictures.👍
Thank YOU Dilip. Have a great week ahead.
Thanks for keeping it real.
A fine set of photos with quotes which go straight to the heart of the matter.
She was an incredible woman and inspiration to the world. I wish she was still with us.