Some Volunteering Quotes That Really Resonate |

Some Volunteering Quotes That Really Resonate


I’m a big-time believer in ‘giving back’ by volunteering. It’s a funny thing though; a lot of times when I donate my time and effort towards something that I really value at my core I almost feel a bit guilty when someone praises me for helping out. Why is this? Well I guess it’s because when I work on these types of projects I seem to get more out of it than I put in, so I kinda feel like I may not be sacrificing as much as it may seem on the surface. And I’m not just talking about getting some ‘good feelings’, I’m referring to more lasting things like learning to set aside age and philosophical differences to find a common vision, meeting new people, or even picking up a new skill.

Over time I’ve collected some other people’s thoughts on volunteerism that resonated with me, so I thought I’d just share a few. Of course there are probably many more like these out there somewhere that are totally awesome that I’ve never run across, and if you’ve got some that you’d like to share that would be great. In the meantime, here are mine. Read them and see what you think. Heck, maybe there will be one or two in there that will help get you motivated to get out there and promote some change for the better.


“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 only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.” -Martin Luther King Jr.

“When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

“No matter how big and powerful government gets, and the many services it provides, it can never take the place of volunteers.” -Ronald Reagan

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” -Mahatma Gandhi

“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.” -Marjorie Moore

“It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.” ~ Tom Brokaw
“To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.”

“You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give.” -Winston Churchill

“ Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?”
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“ Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.” -George Elliott

“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of
yourself that you truly give.” ~ Kahlil Gibran

“Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed,
it is the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead

“Too often we under-estimate the power of 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.” -Dr. Felice Leonardo Buscaglia

“It is one of the beautiful compensations of life, that no man can sincerely help
another without helping himself.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do or any
kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or
neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.” -Mahatma Gandhi

“He who does nothing for others does nothing for himself.” -Goethe

“You cannot help someone get up a hill without getting closer to the top yourself.” -General H. Norman Schwarzkopf

“Giving kids clothes and food is one thing but it’s much more important to teach them that other people besides themselves are important, and that the best thing they can do with their lives is to use them in the service of other people.” -Dolores Huerta

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it for someone else.” -Benjamin Franklin

“I was taught that the world had a lot of problems; that I could struggle and change them; that intellectual and material gifts brought the privilege and responsibility of sharing with others less fortunate; and that service is the rent each of us pays for living, the very purpose of life and not something you do in your spare time or after you have reached your personal goals.” -Marian Wright Edelman

“Throughout my life, I’ve seen the difference that volunteering efforts can make in people’s lives. I know the personal value of service as a local volunteer.” -Jimmy Carter

“Service to others is the payment you make for your space here on earth.” -Muhammad Ali

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead

“I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.” -Albert Schweitzer


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