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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
Well, certainly, it seems that an Officer of Volunteers has many responsibilities... all work and no pay... ~Punch, 1890
I want to thank and pay tribute to all of our 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, unverified
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 are America's silent strength. Those who give of themselves in a spirit of unselfish devotion to the needs of others are truly this Nation's most generous, unsung heroes. ~William Arthur Ward (1921–1994)
Volunteers wear work-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, April 2016, obamawhitehouse.archives.gov
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
Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer. ~Author unknown
The world is hugged by the faithful arms of volunteers. ~Terri Guillemets, "Helping freely," 2007
[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, c.1592
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
Silent gratitude isn't very much use to anyone... ~G. B. Stern, Robert Louis Stevenson: The Man Who Wrote 'Treasure Island,' 1954
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, The Business of Life, 1949
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, A Short History of England, 1917
How beautiful a day can be
When kindness touches it!
~George Elliston, Cinderella Cargoes, 1929
Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him. ~Albert Schweitzer (1875–1965)
Not that which we give, but what we share,—
For the gift without the giver is bare...
~James Russell Lowell, The Vision of Sir Launfal, 1848
By appreciation we make excellence in others belong to us as well. ~Voltaire
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 Massieu (1772–1846)
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 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
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 H. Scheier (1926–2008)
Being good is commendable, but only when it is combined with doing good is it useful. ~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
Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something. ~Author unknown
Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in Democracy. In an election, you vote once — when you volunteer, you vote for your community every day. ~Phylis S. Byrne, 2012 [An alternate wording I've seen, author unknown, from around the same time as the above statement: "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." —tg]
No man stands so straight as one who stoops to help a child. ~James J. Davis, c.1920s
You must give some time to your fellowmen. Even if it's a little thing, do something for those who have need of 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 (1875–1965)
You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give. ~Author unknown, c. 1940s
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
If the only prayer you say in your whole life is 'Thank You,' that would suffice. ~Meister Eckhart (c.1260–c.1328), translated from German and paraphrased by Matthew Fox, 1980
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, 1860
God has not called us to see through each other, but to see each other through. ~Author unknown
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
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
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
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 F. Buscaglia, "Making love felt," Born for Love: Reflections on Loving, 1992
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
Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves. ~J. M. Barrie, A Window in Thrums, 1888
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