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Quotations: Thank You, Volunteers!
Welcome to my page of quotations for volunteer appreciation. I've volunteered several times, but not nearly as much as I would like to. To give one's time and talent for a good cause is a special feeling indeed. I myself do not have the words to describe the generosity of heart and soul that comes from people who volunteer on a regular basis. That is why I'm glad I can collect words and wisdom from others who are better able to express these things. So please enjoy the quotes—I hope you find them useful, and to the volunteers themselves, from the bottom of my heart I thank you for sharing your love with your communities and for being an inspiration to us all!
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. ~Anne Frank
The purpose of life is not to be happy - but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you have lived at all. ~Leo Rosten
Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. ~William James
If you become
a helper of hearts,
springs of wisdom will flow from your heart.
~Rumi, translated by Nevit O. Ergin
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not. ~Dr. Seuss
The broadest, and maybe the most meaningful definition of volunteering: Doing more than you have to because you want to, in a cause you consider good. ~Ivan Scheier
Being good is commendable, but only when it is combined with doing good is it useful. ~Author Unknown
Help one another; there's no time like the present and no present like the time. ~James Durst
I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world. ~Mother Teresa
I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do. ~Edward Everett Hale
Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something. ~Author Unknown
The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. ~Nelson Henderson
Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in. ~Author Unknown
While earning your daily bread, be sure you share a slice with those less fortunate. ~Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
No man stands so straight as when he stoops to help a boy. ~Knights of Pythagoras (Thanks, Jim)
Even if it's a little thing, do something for those who have need of a man's help, something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it. For, remember, you don't live in a world all your own. Your brothers are here too. ~Albert Schweitzer
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. ~Winston Churchill
What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal. ~Albert Pike (Thanks, Carl)
God has not called us to see through each other, but to see each other through. ~Author Unknown
Things of the spirit differ from things material in that the more you give the more you have. ~Christopher Morley
Not only must we be good, but we must also be good for something. ~Henry David Thoreau
You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give. ~Kahlil Gibran
I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catchers mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back. ~Maya Angelou
Volunteers do it for free. ~Author Unknown
Every action in our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity. ~Edwin Hubbel Chapin
The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground green. ~Thomas Carlyle
Every man feels instinctively that all the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action. ~James Russell Lowell
If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito. ~Betty Reese
Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve.... You don't have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future. ~Franklin Delano Roosevelt
We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men. ~Herman Melville
Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness. ~Seneca
There is one word which may serve as a rule of practice for all one's life - reciprocity. ~Confucius
Kindness, like a boomerang, always returns. ~Author Unknown
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~Leo Buscaglia
Have you had a kindness shown?
Pass it on;
'Twas not given for thee alone,
Pass it on;
Let it travel down the years,
Let it wipe another's tears,
'Til in Heaven the deed appears -
Pass it on.
~Henry Burton, Pass It On
Kindness is the greatest wisdom. ~Author Unknown
Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves. ~James Matthew Barrie
Real charity doesn't care if it's tax-deductible or not. ~Dan Bennett