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Quotations:  Donate Life!



Don't think of organ donations as giving up part of yourself to keep a total stranger alive. It's really a total stranger giving up almost all of themselves to keep part of you alive. ~Author unknown


Don't take your organs to heaven with you. Heaven knows we need them here. ~Author unknown


Be a blood and organ donor. All it costs is a little love. ~Author unknown


By becoming an organ donor, one person can save the lives of up to eight people and improve the lives of dozens — mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, brothers and sisters — who are desperately in need of a transplant. During National Donate Life Month, we lift up the thousands of selfless individuals across America who are living or registered organ donors. ~Barack Obama, Presidential Proclamation — National Donate Life Month, 2016


...the blood, that fragile scarlet tree we carry within us... ~Osbert Sitwell, Left Hand, Right Hand!, Volume I: The Cruel Month, 1945


Last year, the United States exceeded 30,000 annual organ transplants for the first time. Progress has been made and great promise exists, but much work remains to help the more than 120,000 Americans on the organ waiting list. This month, let us remember those we have lost and provide support to all who continue to wait and hope... Together, we can improve and save lives by celebrating those who give of themselves — whether as living donors or as registered donors — to provide the greatest gift there is to offer. ~Barack Obama, Presidential Proclamation — National Donate Life Month, 2016


The first wealth is health. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him. ~Albert Schweitzer (1875–1965)


In about the same degree as you are helpful you will be happy. ~Karl Reiland, "The Fashion of a Man," The World's Miracle, 1929


Always give 100% — unless you're donating blood. ~Internet meme


How far that little candle throws his beams!
So shines a good deed in a naughty world.
~William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice, c.1596  [V, 1, Portia]  [D. W. Brogan, 1964: "shone like a good deed in a weary world" — David Seltzer, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, 1971 film: "So shines a good deed in a weary world." —tg]


If human nature is the highest nature to man, then practically also the highest and first law must be the love of man to man. Homo homini Deus est:— this is the great practical principle:— this is the axis on which revolves the history of the world. ~Ludwig Feuerbach, The Essence of Christianity, 1843, translated from the German by Marian Evans, 1855


Have you had a kindness shown,
      Pass it on.
’Twas not given for you alone,
      Pass it on.
Let it travel down the years,
Let it wipe another's tears...
Be a star in some one's sky,
He may live who else might die,
      Pass it on.
~Rev. Henry Burton, "Pass It On," 1898


Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something. ~Author unknown


I am but one
But I am one.
I cannot do everything,
But I can do something.
What I can do I ought to do,
And what I ought to do,
God helping me, I will do.
~Anonymous, in The Standard, 1902


You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give. ~Author unknown


Service to others is the rent we pay for our room on Earth. ~Philip Byard "Tubby" Clayton


It's easy to make a buck. It's a lot tougher to make a difference. ~Tom Brokaw, as quoted in John C. Maxwell, The Success Journey, 1997


The only gift is a portion of thyself.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


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 catcher's mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back. ~Maya Angelou, 1992


You may not have saved a lot of money in your life, but if you have saved a lot of heartaches for other folks, you are a pretty rich man. ~Seth Parker, quoted in Herbert V. Prochnow, 1000 Tips and Quips for Speakers and Toastmasters, 1962


Independence? That's middle class blasphemy. We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth. ~Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion, 1912  [Higgins —tg]


You cannot live a perfect day
without doing something for someone
Who will never be able to repay you.
~John Wooden, as told to Jack Tobin, They Call Me Coach, 1972


There is one word which may serve as a rule of practice for all one's life — reciprocity.  ~Confucius





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