Quotes About Volunteering

Apr 8, 2017 | Blog

In the arena of human life the honors and rewards fall to those who show their good qualities in action.


The unfortunate need people who will be kind to them; the prosperous need people to be kind to.


To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children, to earn the approbation of honest critics; to appreciate beauty; to give of one’s self, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived–that is to have succeeded.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

The only gift is a portion of thyself.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

You nourish your soul by fulfilling your destiny, by developing the potential that the soul represents. When you fulfill your soul’s destiny, you will feel “right.” Conversely, when you ignore your soul’s destiny, when you get caught up in your own self-interests and forget to care for others, you will not feel “right.” Instead, you will feel empty and unfulfilled. During these times, you are neglecting your soul–you are depriving it of nourishment. When I talk to people who feel this emptiness and lack of fulfillment, I recommend they find a source of balance in their lives. I suggest they find a way to “give back” to the world in order to feel a sense of completeness.

-Rabbi Harold Kushner in the essay “God’s Fingerprints on the Soul”

The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other persons.


When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me.

-Erma Bombeck

Hunger allows no choice To the citizens or the police; We must love one another or die.

-W.H. Auden

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

-William Shakespeare (The Merchant of Venice)

No stranger to trouble myself I am learning to care for the unhappy.