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Thank You, Volunteers!
Welcome to my page of quotations for volunteer appreciation. Volunteers: thank you for sharing your love with our communities and for being an inspiration to us all! —ღ Terri
Here's to all volunteers, those dedicated people who believe in all work and no pay. ~Robert Orben
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
Volunteers are paid in six figures... S‑M‑I‑L‑E‑S. ~Gayla LeMaire
Unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant pages in the biography of souls. ~David Thomas, as quoted in Tryon Edwards, A Dictionary of Thoughts, 1891
Volunteers wear working boots but leave a trail of angel footprints. ~Terri Guillemets
[W]e celebrate the selfless individuals around our country who channel their civic virtues through volunteerism... devoted to a cause bigger than themselves.... Volunteers help drive our country's progress, and day in and day out, they make extraordinary sacrifices to expand promise and possibility. ~Barack Obama, Presidential Proclamation, National Volunteer Week, 2016 April 8, The White House Office of the Press Secretary, obamawhitehouse.archives.gov
There are two ways of spreading light — to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. ~Edith Wharton
Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer. ~Author unknown
The world is hugged by the faithful arms of volunteers. ~Terri Guillemets
[W]e take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude. ~Cynthia Ozick
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
I can no other answer make but thanks,
And thanks; and ever thanks...
~William Shakespeare, Richard III
Volunteers don't get paid, not because they're worthless, but because they're priceless. ~Sherry Anderson, Director of Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services Division of Volunteerism
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
Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart. ~Elizabeth Andrew
Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. ~William Arthur Ward
Silent gratitude isn't very much use to anyone... ~G. B. Stern, Robert Louis Stevenson: The Man Who Wrote 'Treasure Island,' 1954
No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks. ~James Allen
Something that has always puzzled me all my life is why, when I am in special need of help, the good deed is usually done by somebody on whom I have no claim. ~William Feather
Volunteers are love in motion! ~Author unknown
Each good deed strengthens our angel wings. ~Terri Guillemets
I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. ~G.K. Chesterton
How beautiful a day can be
When kindness touches it!
~George Elliston, Cinderella Cargoes, 1929
By appreciation we make excellence in others belong to us as well. ~Voltaire
...the deepest principle of Human Nature is the craving to be appreciated... ~William James
One can pay back the loan of gold, but one dies forever in debt to those who are kind. ~Malayan proverb
The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you. ~Knight's Treasury of Illustrations by Walter B. Knight, 1963 [Knight "gleaned from a wide variety of sources" for his treasury. I've seen this quotation attributed to Jack Herbert, quoted 1966; Mae Maloo, quoted 1975; and John E. Southard, quoted 1977. –tg]
Those humble, quiet, behind-the-scenes people are the reason anything ever gets done. ~Terri Guillemets
Gratitude is the memory of the heart. ~Jean Baptiste Massieu
How far that little candle throws his beams!
So shines a good deed in a naughty world.
~William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice, much later adapted to "So shines a good deed in a weary world" by David Seltzer for the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice. ~Author unknown
Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. ~Variation of a saying that has been around since at least 1861, author of original saying is possibly Christian Nestell Bovee, see quoteinvestigator.com/2013/10/26/kindness-see
If you want to touch the past, touch a rock. If you want to touch the present, touch a flower. If you want to touch the future, touch a life. ~Author unknown
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
If you become
a helper of hearts,
springs of wisdom will flow from your heart.
~Rumi, translated by Nevit O. Ergin
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
They are also heroes who cheer the parade and return quietly to their uncelebrated lives. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
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
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
No man stands so straight as one who stoops to help a child. ~James J. Davis, c. 1920s
You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give. ~Author unknown
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
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
Volunteers do it for free. ~Author unknown
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
Every man feels instinctively that all the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action. ~James Russell Lowell
We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future. ~Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1940
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
Angels don't get paid even though theirs is some of the most important work around. Ditto for volunteers. ~Terri Guillemets
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 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
Kindness is the greatest wisdom. ~Author unknown
Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves. ~J. M. Barrie, A Window in Thrums, 1888
Real charity doesn't care if it's tax-deductible or not. ~Dan Bennett
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