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Few people have inspired so much devotion, as these inspirational quotes by Mother Teresa demonstrate.  No matter your religious background, or lack thereof, odds are pretty good that you still hold Mother Teresa in awe.  I certainly do.

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There is a mystical belief that ten angels walk amongst us, disguised as all manner of people, old and young, rich and poor, from all nations.  Judging by this inspirational quote by Mother Teresa, I believe she would have liked that belief.


The dying, the cripple, the mental,
the unwanted, the unloved
they are Jesus in disguise.

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. Put your love for them in living action. For in loving them, you are loving God Himself.

Those who seek the voice of God in meditation understand well what is meant in this inspirational quote by Mother Teresa:


Before you speak,
it is necessary for you to listen,
for God speaks in the silence of the heart.

It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing. It is not how much we give, but how much love we put in the giving.

To God there is nothing small. The moment we have given it to God, it becomes infinite.

You have to be holy in your position as you are, and I have to be holy in the position that God has put me. So it is nothing extraordinary to be holy. Holiness is not the luxury of the few. Holiness is a simple duty for you and for me. We have been created for that.


How very appropriate that this inspirational quote by Mother Teresa would set the stage for every single life:


God doesn't require us to succeed;
he only requires that we try.

I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts,
then there is no hurt.


This may be the most famous inspirational quote by Mother Teresa.  Many have certainly reminded us that it was Mother Teresa who said it:


I know God will not give me anything I can't handle.
I just wish he didn't trust me so much.


And these are some of my favorite inspirational quotes by Mother Teresa:


Joy is prayer.
Joy is strength.
Joy is love.
Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.

Kind words can be short and easy to speak,
but their echoes are truly endless.

Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.

Let us make one point, that we meet each other with a smile, when it is difficult to smile.
Smile at each other.  Make time for each other in your family.

This is one my favorite inspirational quotes by Mother Teresa, for it speaks so eloquently of so many facets of life:

Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is life, fight for it.

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Mother Teresa as a child

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The inspirational quotes by Mother Teresa and her extraordinary life influenced the powerful, and the not so powerful, all around the world.

All the life of this great woman was the bright incarnation of service to the high humanitarian ideals of goodness, compassion, selflessness and faith. Mother Teresa will always remain in the hearts and minds of Russians as a friend of our country, ready to render help at any moment."
Russian President, Boris Yeltsin



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