Love without getting tired

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“Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired.” – Mother Teresa

Such simple, wise words from the Mo-T. And my daily motivation to just keep on keepin’ on.

Can I get an AMEN?

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Gretchen April 20, 2010 at 9:55 am


Carol April 20, 2010 at 10:16 am

Amen to that.

Alice Linahan April 20, 2010 at 10:49 am


Catholic debating pro-life April 20, 2010 at 10:03 pm

My philosophy on life is the paradoxical commandments, not invented but used by Mother Teresa.

I have them printed out, but I don’t have them right now. But they consist of things like:

“If you do good, you will be accused of selfish ulterior motives. So good anyway.”

“If you love, you will inevitably be left one day heartbroken and rejected (or something like that…you get the drift). Love anyway.”

Such a simple philosophy, but ever since I read these commandments that is how I tried to live my life.

Mother Teresa is amazing.

Matthew Warner April 20, 2010 at 10:24 pm

I actually posted those “paradoxical commandments” awhile back on the blog…I love them as well. You can find them here:

Catholic debating pro-life April 20, 2010 at 10:41 pm

I don’t mean to hijack the thread but I did post in the “When Does Human Life Begin” thread. It was a long post; I only mention it because I am interested to hear your response.

Karen April 21, 2010 at 9:26 pm

Matthew, can you please explain the quote? I really don’t get it. How are we supposed to never become tired?

Matthew Warner April 21, 2010 at 11:42 pm

It is not speaking about never becoming tired at all in general. It means to never tire of loving people. To love without getting tired of loving.

Rekha July 9, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Can I have a brief explanation on this quote Mathew ? It’ll be useful for my presentation. :)

Page July 18, 2011 at 5:12 pm

I think it means that “what we need is to love without getting tired” , giving someone unconditional love can be tiring when the person loved isn’t giving you anything. But love usually consist of give and take. Therefore, it is not easy to love someone genuinely cause to give is a willing action without hoping anything in return, but we’re human, we always expect give and take. That’s why mother teresa said what we need is to love without getting tired, because it is not easy when you give and give but take nothing. You must be willing to serve and life for others too. Compassion and empathy as well as gratefulness towards God for even letting u be “alive” at the very moment is a very blessed thing – this is the kind of mindset, the one that have faith towards the work of Jesus Christ, the one who believe God won’t fail and God is carrying you even you felt so miserable everyday.

Rekha July 25, 2011 at 5:57 am

thank you very much for the explanation. It really helped me perform my presentation in order to deliver the message of this idiom to my audience. Means a lot. amen <3

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