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Quotations about Helping
and Making a Difference
Down in their hearts wise men know this truth: the only way to help yourself is to help others. ~Elbert Hubbard
Wishing good, merely, is a lukewarm charity; but doing good is divine. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882
If you would not cease to love mankind you must not cease to do them good. ~Marie Dubsky, Freifrau von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830–1916), translated by Mrs Annis Lee Wister, 1882
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. ~Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy
UNLESS someone like you
cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better.
~Dr. Seuss, The Lorax
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
The willingness to share does not make one charitable; it makes one free. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him. ~Albert Schweitzer (1875–1965)
He who gives when he is asked has waited too long. ~Seneca
This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. ~Bernard Shaw, Epistle Dedicatory to Arthur Bingham Walkley, Man and Superman: A Comedy and a Philosophy, 1903
The four most important words in the English language are: "How can I help?" ~Author unknown, c. 1960s
No man stands so straight as one who stoops to help a child. ~James J. Davis, c. 1920s
Some find their heroes 'mid the battle's strife;
The greatest heroes are in private life.
~Simeon Carter (1824–1911), Poems and Aphorisms: A Woodman's Musings, 1893
To have and not to give is often worse than to steal. ~Marie Dubsky, Freifrau von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830–1916), translated by Mrs Annis Lee Wister, 1882
Charity sees the need, not the cause. ~German proverb
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]
What we have done for ourselves alone, dies with us; what we have done for others and the world, remains and is immortal. No man, however lofty and however humble, can isolate himself from his kind, and, shutting himself up in the dark cell of his exclusiveness, determine to live for himself alone. No man, however obscure, can truly say that he is so unknown, and so unimportant, that he can contribute nothing to enlighten and benefit Humanity... Let us grow in Love as well as in Knowledge... ~Albert Pike, 1860
You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give. ~Author Unknown
I wondered why somebody didn't do something. Then I realized, I am somebody. ~Author unknown
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 care
That I shall share
Shall be the care of others,
And on the road
I'll halve the load
Of overburdened brothers.
I rather guess
That drives me to such actions,
For in this plan
I find I can
Forget my own distractions.
~John Kendrick Bangs (1862-1922), "A Useful Whim" (October Eighteenth), The Cheery Way: A Bit of Verse For Every Day, 1920
The thing is, I think, to think less of ourselves and what we are to our work, and more of our work and what it is to us. The world moves along, not merely by the gigantic shoves of its hero-workers, but by the aggregate tiny pushes of every honest worker whatever. All may give some tiny push or other and feel that they are doing something for mankind. ~John Richard Green, letter to Louise von Glehn, 1870
I am going to give from every corner of my soul. ~Mike Dolan, @HawaiianLife
The only gift is a portion of thyself. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Love the earth and sun and animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people... re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem... ~Walt Whitman
It's not that successful people are givers; it is that givers are successful people. ~Patti Thor
You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give. ~Kahlil Gibran
No joy can equal the joy of serving others. ~Morarji Desai (1896–1995)
To fold the hands in prayer is well, to open them in charity is better. ~French proverb
While duty measures the regard it owes
With scrupulous precision and nice justice,
Love never reasons, but profusely gives,
Gives, like a thoughtless prodigal, its all,
And trembles then, lest it has done too little.
It's good to be blessed. It's better to be a blessing. ~Author unknown
Act always from a sense of common humanity, and let God judge if it be charity. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog when you are just as hungry as the dog. ~Jack London, "Confession," The Road, 1907
I've seen and met angels wearing the disguise
Of ordinary people leading ordinary lives
Filled with love, compassion, forgiveness and sacrifice
Heaven's in our hearts
~Tracy Chapman, "Heaven's Here On Earth," New Beginning, 1995 ♫
See yourself always as cause, and perhaps a better world will be found among your effects. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
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
Give, and blessings boomerang back to you. ~Terri Guillemets
Every action of your life touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity. ~Edwin Hubbell Chapin (1814–1880), "Address to the Young"
The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden under ground, secretly making the ground green... ~Thomas Carlyle, "Varnhagen von Ense's Memoirs," 1838
Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance. ~Robert F. Kennedy, 1966
People are marvelous in their generosity if they just know the cause is there. ~Will Rogers (1879–1935)
I can think of no more stirring symbol of man's humanity to man than a fire engine. ~Kurt Vonnegut (1922–2007)
There are two ways of spreading light; to be
The candle or the mirror that reflects it.
~Edith Wharton, "Vesalius in Zante (1564)," Artemis to Actæon and Other Verse, 1909
If the world seems cold to you,
Kindle fires to warm it!...
~Lucy Larcom, "Three Old Saws," 1868
[U]sefulness is happiness, and... all other things are but incidental. ~Lydia Maria Child, The American Frugal Housewife, 1829
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
My life is my message. ~Mohandas K. "Mahatma" Gandhi (1869–1948)
If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. ~Mohandas K. "Mahatma" Gandhi (1869–1948)
You must be the change you wish to see in the world. ~Attributed to Mohandas K. "Mahatma" Gandhi (1869–1948), beginning c.1990s [His grandson Arun Gandhi uses that, or simply "Be the change" to sum up his grandfather's essence. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]
Be the change you want to see happen rather than trying to change anyone else. ~Arleen Lorrance received the six "Love Principles" in 1970 when she was teaching in a ghetto high school in Brooklyn, New York. These simple principles were put into practice as part of The Love Project (Another of the principles: "Receive all people as beautiful exactly as they are.")
The most fundamental winning formula is to bet on human decency and be patient. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
Life is never so busy that there is no time to serve. ~Author unknown
I've learned... that sometimes coming public with certain things, it inspires other people. And sometimes I want to keep things private... but then I found out that it helps other families... ~Bubba Watson, January 2014, speaking of adoption
For every man feels instinctively that all the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action... ~James Russell Lowell, "Rousseau and the Sentimentalists," 1867
Each good deed strengthens our angel wings. ~Terri Guillemets
They are also heroes who cheer the parade and return quietly to their uncelebrated lives. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
...That there's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self. ~Aldous Huxley, Time Must Have a Stop, 1944
Instead of counting your days, make your days count. ~Author unknown
Each of us can only do the best we can for as many as we can and that will never be good enough for those of us who care! ~Rea Cord
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