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Mother Teresa - in Her Own WordsBy The Associated Press
Friday, September 5, 1997; 2:07 p.m. EDT
``I see God in every human being. When I wash the leper's wounds I feel I am nursing the Lord himself. Is it not a beautiful experience?'' -- 1974 interview.
``The poor give us much more than we give them. They're such strong people, living day to day with no food. And they never curse, never complain. We don't have to give them pity or sympathy. We have so much to learn from them.'' -- 1977 interview.
``I choose the poverty of our poor people. But I am grateful to receive it (the Nobel) in the name of the hungry, the naked, the homeless, of the crippled, of the blind, of the lepers, of all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared for throughout society, people that have become a burden to the society and are shunned by everyone.'' -- Accepting the Nobel Peace Prize, 1979.
``I have never been in a war before, but I have seen famine and death. I was asking (myself) what do they feel when they do this? I don't understand it. They are all children of God. Why do they do it. I don't understand.'' -- Beirut, 1982, during fighting between the Israeli army and Palestinian guerrillas.
Abortion ``is murder in the womb ... A child is a gift of God. If you do not want him, give him to me.''
``In time, they will start killing grown-up people, disabled people and so on.'' -- On abortion.
``When I see waste here, I feel angry on the inside. I don't approve of myself getting angry. But it's something you can't help after seeing Ethiopia.'' -- Washington, 1984.
``God will find another person, more humble, more devoted, more obedient to him, and the society will go on.'' -- Calcutta 1989, after announcing her intention to retire.
``I was expecting to be free, but God has his own plans.'' -- Calcutta 1990, when the sisters of her order persuaded her to withdraw her resignation.
``Please choose the way of peace... In the short term there may be winners and losers in this war that we all dread. But that never can, nor never will justify the suffering, pain and loss of life your weapons will cause.'' -- Letter to George Bush and Saddam Hussein, January 1991.
``The other day I dreamed that I was at the gates of heaven. And St. Peter said, `Go back to Earth, there are no slums up here.'' -- Quoted as telling Prince Michael of Greece in 1996.
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