Quotes


I will give you a talisman. Whenever you are in doubt or when the self becomes too much with you, apply the following test: Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man whom you may have seen and ask yourself if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him. Will he gain anything by it? Will it restore him to a control over his own life and destiny? In other words, will it lead to swaraj for the hungry and spiritually starving millions? Then you will find your doubts and your self melting away.
 
Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends…. Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts.
Henry David Thoreau

As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.
 
What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.
Plutarch

Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.
Buddha

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

If you want happiness for a lifetime - help the next generation.
Chinese Proverb

Life's most urgent question is: What are you doing for others?
Martin Luther King, Jr.

The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.
Benjamin Disraeli

That service is the noblest which is rendered for its own sake.
Gandhi

The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity.
Leo Tolstoy

Life becomes harder for us when we live for others, but it also becomes richer and happier.
Albert Schweitzer

The thing that lies at the foundation of positive change, the way I see it, is service to a fellow human being.
Lee Iacocca

Joy can be real only if people look upon their life as a service, and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness”
Leo Tolstoy

Doing well by doing good.
Tom Lehrer

He who wishes to secure the good of others, has already secured his own.
Confucius

If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain. If I can ease one life the aching, Or cool one pain, Or help one fainting robin Unto his nest again, I shall not live in vain.
Emily Dickinson

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.
Edmund Burke

Only a life lived for others is a life worth while.
Albert Einstein

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
Gandhi

The life of a man consists not in seeing visions and in dreaming dreams, but in active charity and in willing service.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed.
Woodrow T. Wilson

If we do not lay out ourselves in the service of mankind, whom should we serve?”
John Adams

In this age, the man who dares to think for himself and to act independently does a service to his race.
John Stuart Mill

These are times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country.
Thomas Paine

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
Anne Frank

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
William James

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
Leo Tolstoy

Live simply that others might simply live.
Gandhi

We can do no great things, only small things with great love.
Mother Teresa

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.
Dr. Seuss

It seems to me that any full grown, mature adult would have a desire to be responsible, to help where he can in a world that needs so very much, that threatens us so very much.
Norman Lear

I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.
Mother Teresa

I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.
Edward Everett Hale

The willingness to share does not make one charitable; it makes one free.
Robert Brault

It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do little - do what you can.
Sydney Smith

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.
Edmund Burke

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
Mother Teresa

Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you.
Mother Teresa

Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him.
Albert Schweitzer

This is the true joy in life - being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; 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.
George Bernard Shaw

The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
Nelson Henderson

In about the same degree as you are helpful, you will be happy.
Karl Reiland
As long as our civilization is essentially one of property, of fences, of exclusiveness, it will be mocked by delusions.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is preoccupation with possession, more than anything else, that prevents men from living freely and nobly.
Bertrand Russell

Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow man. 
Gandhi

The noblest question in the world is what good may I do in it? Benjamin Franklin

Happiness is when you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
Gandhi

Happiness depends on what you can give. Not what you can get.  Gandhi

‎True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.
 
People wish to be settled. Only as far as they are unsettled is there any hope for them.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
If you want to change the world, first try to improve and bring about change within yourself. That will help change your family. From there it just gets bigger and bigger. Everything we do has some effect, some impact.
The Dalai Lama

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
Leo Tolstoy

In the face of impossible odds, people who love their country can change it.
Barack Obama


I know of no great men except those who have rendered great service to the human race.
Voltaire

Consciously or unconsciously, everyone of us does render some service or another. If we cultivate the habit of doing this service deliberately, our desire for service will steadily grow stronger, and it will make not only for our own happiness, but that of the world at large.
Gandhi

Service is the rent we pay for living. It is the very purpose of life and not something you do in your spare time.
Marian Wright Edelman

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: "If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?" But... the good Samaritan reversed the question: "If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
Martin Luther King, Jr.

It's easy to make a buck. It's a lot tougher to make a difference.
Tom Brokaw

Do not commit the error, common among the young, of assuming that if you cannot save the whole of mankind you have failed.
Jan de Hartog

Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.
Horace Mann

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

Love the earth and sun and animals,
Despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks,
Stand up for the stupid and crazy,
Devote your income and labor to others...
And your very flesh shall be a great poem.
Walt Whitman

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
John Wooden

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
Buddha

It's not that successful people are givers; it is that givers are successful people.
Patti Thor

Not only must we be good, but we must also be good for something.
Henry David Thoreau

Sometimes a man imagines that he will lose himself if he gives himself, and keep himself if he hides himself. But the contrary takes place with terrible exactitude.
Ernest Hello

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

Love never reasons but profusely gives; gives, like a thoughtless prodigal, its all, and trembles lest it has done too little.
Hannah More

If you have much, give of your wealth; if you have little, give of your heart.
Arabian Proverb

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

I've seen and met angels wearing the disguise of ordinary people living ordinary lives.
Tracy Chapman

The vicious count their years; virtuous, their acts.
Samuel Johnson

Look around the habitable world: how few
Know their own good, or knowing it, pursue.
Juvenal, Satires

The deed is everything, the glory naught.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The great use of life is to spend it for something that outlasts it.
William James

I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catchers mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.
Maya Angelou

There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread, but there are many more dying for a little love.
Mother Teresa

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

There are two ways of spreading light - to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
Edith Wharton

If you have time to whine and complain about something then you have the time to do something about it.
Anthony J. D'Angelo

My life is my message.
Gandhi

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
Gandhi

We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.
Carl Jung

To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.
Confucius

There is no use whatever trying to help people who do not help themselves. You cannot push anyone up a ladder unless he is willing to climb himself.
Andrew Carnegie

Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.
Mother Teresa

People don’t realize how a man’s whole life can be changed by one book.
Malcolm X

If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain.
Maya Angelou

Keep constantly in mind in how many things you yourself have witnessed changes already. The universe is change, life is understanding.
Marcus Aurelius
 
 
 
If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy. 
Anne Frank

He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the world. 
Marcus Aurelius

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. 
Albert Einstein


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 don't have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

The great end of life is not knowledge but action.
Thomas Henry Huxley

In my experience, there is too much emphasis on what is minor and not on what is essential, and what is essential involves being able to transform the individual from within.
The Dalai Lama

At the center of the Universe is a loving heart that continues to
beat and that wants the best for every person. Anything that we can do to help foster the intellect and spirit and emotional growth of our fellow human beings, that is our job. Those of us who have this particular vision must continue against all odds. Life is for
service.
Fred Rogers

How can I be useful, of what service can I be? There is something inside me, what can it be?”
Vincent van Gogh

I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.
Rabindranath Tagore

To improve is to change. To be perfect is to change often.
Winston Churchill

It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.
Alan Cohen

They must often change who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.
Confucius

Every human has four endowments: self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom — The power to choose, to respond, to change.
Steven Covey

One cannot manage change. One can only be ahead of it.
Peter F. Drucker

When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.
Benjamin Franklin

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
Richard Buckminster Fuller

Faced with changing one's mind, or proving that there is no need to do so, most people get busy on the proof.
John Kenneth Galbraith

In times of rapid change, experience could be your worst enemy.
J. Paul Getty

We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

There is nothing more certain and unchanging than uncertainty and change.
John F. Kennedy

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss future.
John F. Kennedy

Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator and change has its enemies.
Robert Kennedy

Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

The soft-minded man always fears change. He feels security in the status quo, and he has an almost morbid fear of the new. For him, the greatest pain is the pain of a new idea.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Security is mostly superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.
Helen Keller

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

Man needs, for his happiness, not only the enjoyment of this or that, but hope and enterprise and change.
Bertrand Russell

Things do not change; we change.
Henry David Thoreau

It seldom happens that a man changes his life through his habitual reasoning. No matter how fully he may sense the new plans and aims revealed to him by reason, he continues to plod along in old paths until his life becomes frustrating and unbearable—he finally makes the change only when his usual life can no longer be tolerated.
Leo Tolstoy

There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.
Henry David Thoreau

The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of tiny pushes of each honest worker.
Helen Keller

There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.
Aldous Huxley

Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.
Mother Teresa

Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others.
Saint Augustine

Observe constantly that all things take place by change.
Marcus Aurelius

Those who have changed the universe have never done it by changing officials, but always by inspiring the people.
Napoleon Boneparte

Things don’t change. You change your way of looking, that’s all.
Carlos Castaneda

A great wind is blowing and that gives you either imagination or a headache.
Catherine the Great

How far that little candle throws his beams!
So shines a good deed in a naughty world.
William Shakespeare

I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.
William Penn

Be an opener of doors for such as come after thee, and do not try to make the universe a blind alley.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
Winston Churchill