The efforts of volunteers make a lot of worthwhile causes effective. Without them, many organizations couldn’t exist. To recognize their importance and the meaningfulness they provide to others, we’ve prepared this list of volunteer quotes.
Learn from the likes Mahatma Gandhi, Dalai Lama, Helen Keller, and Martin Luther King, Jr. as they philosophize on the importance of giving back and serving others.
As you consider ways you can make this a better planet for everyone, think of what you can volunteer in terms of your time, talent, and treasure. There are many ways to be involved with valuable organizations serving various worthwhile causes. The important thing to do is to take the first step.
Best Volunteer Quotes — Top Ten
1.) Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much.
2.) Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?
Martin Luther King, Jr.
3.) As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands — one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.
4.) Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.
James Matthew Barrie
5.) Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless.
6.) The purpose of life is to discover your gift.
The work of life is to develop it.
The meaning of life is to give your gift away.
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7.) The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
8.) Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.
9.) 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.
10.) Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.
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11.) If you want more hope for your future, go help someone else, and have more hope for their future.
12.) 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.
13.) The sun is never denied the light it gives; likewise, you are never denied the kindness you bestow.
14.) A noble leader answers not to the trumpet calls of self-promotion, but to the hushed whispers of necessity.
15.) 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.
16.) Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another.
17.) Even if it’s a little thing, do something for those who have need of a man’s 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.
18.) 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.
19.) The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.
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20.) 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 agrees to serve. And, 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.
21.) You can study government and politics in school, but the best way to really understand the process is to volunteer your time.
22.) Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another.
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23.) The best antidote I know for worry is work. The best cure for weariness is the challenge of helping someone who is even more tired. One of the great ironies of life is this: He or she who serves almost always benefits more than he or she who is served.
Gordon B. Hinckley
24.) What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.
25.) You give but little when you give off your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
26.) The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.
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27.) Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.
28.) Our generation has the ability and the responsibility to make our ever-more-connected world a more hopeful, stable, and peaceful place.
29.) I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.
30.) Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
31.) If our hopes of building a better and safer world are to become more than wishful thinking, we will need the engagement of volunteers more than ever.
32.) Volunteering is an act of heroism on a grand scale. And it matters profoundly. It does more than help people beat the odds; it changes the odds.
William J. Clinton
33.) If our hopes of building a better and safer world are to become more than wishful thinking, we will need the engagement of volunteers more than ever.
34.) As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands — one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.
35.) The quality of your life will be determined by the quality of your contribution. When you work to improve the lives of others, your life improves automatically.
36.) We have to do what we can to help wherever and whenever it is possible for us to help.
37.) If you want to touch the past, touch a rock. If you want to touch the present, touch a flower. And if you want to touch the future, touch a life.
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38.) To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own.
39.) Service to humanity is service to God.
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40.) We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
41.) Even if you just change one life, you’ve changed the world forever.
42.) Volunteers are love in motion!
43.) Help one another. There’s no time like the present and no present like the time.
44.) Kindness, like a boomerang, always returns.
45.) Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.
46.) Not only must we be good, but we must also be good for something.
Henry David Thoreau
47.) It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.
48.) Allow the way to your great work to be guided by your service to others.
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49.) Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves.
50.) Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness.
51.) When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.
52.) The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.
53.) Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
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54.) Volunteerism is the voice of the people put into action. These actions shape and mold the present into a future of which we can all be proud.
55.) There is no better exercise for your heart than reaching down and helping to lift someone up.
56.) It is not enough to be compassionate. You must act.
57.) If we help each other, we will gain more kindness out of every single kind act that we do.
58.) 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.
59.) Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more but those giving more.
H. Jackson Brown Jr.
60.) At the end of the day, it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished. It’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.
61.) 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.
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62.)How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
63.) 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
64.) We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.
65.) Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.
66.) Caring is giving from the heart.
67.) One of the greatest gifts you can give is your time.
68.) Do it with passion or not at all.
69.) Life is short. Do stuff that matters.
70.) Spread kindness like confetti.
71.) Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
72.) Your life is your message to the world. Make sure it’s inspiring.
73.) Even the smallest actions are steps in the right direction.
How To Use These Volunteer Quotes?
These particular quotes can help you in many ways. Not can they only inspire you to make others’ lives better, but, in the process, these will help improve your own lives as well.
Consider using some carefully selected quotes in your marketing communications. Don’t forget to use a quote in your email sign-off. Or, consider adding one on a rotating basis to the sidebar on your website.
By Mike O’Halloran
Mike is the founder and editor of Greeting Card Poet.
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