// Quotes on Volunteerism / Volunteers

Volunteers are not paid – not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless – Anonyms

Team work allows common people to attain uncommon results – Anonyms

No man can become rich without himself enriching others – Andrew Carnegie

The moral test of a society is how the society treats those who are in the dawn of life – the children; those who are in the twilight of like – the elderly; and those who are in the shadow of life – the sick, the needy, and the handicapped – Hubert Humphrey

Some people want it to happen, some wish it to happen, other make it happen – Anonyms

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

Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain lover for one another – Erma Bombeck

The miracle is this – the more we share, the more we have – Leonard Nimoy

It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Volunteering creates a national character in which the community and the nation take on a spirit of compassion, comradeship, and confidence – Brian O’Connell

Never before has man had such a great capacity to control his own environment, to end hunger, poverty and disease, to banish illiteracy and human misery. We have the power to make the best generation of mankind in the history of the world – John F Kenney 

We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give – Winston Churchill

I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do – Edmund Everett Hale

I believe that democracy can survive if volunteering does – Harriet Naylor

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others – Mahatma Gandhi

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean.  But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop – Mother Teresa

The difference between ordinarily and extraordinary is just that little extra – Anonyms

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has – Margaret Mead

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and help them become what they are capable of being – Goethe

We ourselves must be full of life if we are going to make life fuller for others – David Sawyer

I was taught that the world had a lot of problem; that I could struggle and change them; that intellectual and material gifts brought the privilege and responsibility of sharing with other less fortunate; and that service is the rent each of us pay 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

I can’t be found in myself; I discover myself in others.  That much is clear.  And I suspect that I also love and care for myself in others – Hugh Prather

If you want to innovate, to change an enterprise of society, it take people willing to do what is not expected – Jean Ribould

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 man or woman, even of the humblest sort, can really be strong, gentle, pure, and good without the world being better for it; without somebody being helped and comforted byt the very existence of that goodness – Phillip Brooks

Nothing is so contagious as example; and we never do any great good or evil which does not produce its like – Francois de La Rochefoucauld

You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know who soon it will be too late – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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 youth is the rent we pay for the space we occupy on earth – Jane Deeter Rippin

How can we expect our children to know and experience the joy of giving unless we teach them that the greater pleasure in life lies in the art of giving rather than receiving – James Cash Penny

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

I have been the recipient of love and service, therefore I can lover and serve.  There is great satisfaction in service to other, in… seeing people and their conditions change – Clarence E Hodges

We seldom stop to think how many people’s lives are entwined with our own.  It is a form of selfishness to imagine that every individual can operate on his own or can pull out of the general stream and not be missed – Ivy Baker Priest

Caring must strengthen into commitment and commitment into action if we are to preserve and nurture one of the greatest forces for rebirth and renewal this nation has… voluntarism – Marlene Wilson

Volunteering can be an exciting, growing, enjoyable experience.  It is truly gratifying to serve a cause, practice one’s ideals, work with people, solve problems, see benefits, and know one had a hand in them – Harriet Naylor

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 or grace, a soul generated by love – Martin Luther King Jr.

It is a rare and high privilege to be in a position to help people understand the differences that they can make not only in their won lives but in the lives of others by simply giving of themselves – Helen Boosalis

A volunteer is a person who can see what others cannot see; who can feel what most do not feel.  Often, such gifted persons do not think of themselves as volunteers, but as citizens – citizens in the fullest sense: partners in civilization – George Bush

Though government has an important role to play in meeting the many challenges that remain before us, we are coming to understand that no organization, including government, will fully succeed without the active participation of each of us.  Volunteers are vital to enabling this country to live up to the true promise of its heritage – Bill Clinton

If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else – Booker T Washington

You will find as you look back upon you life, that the moments that stand out are the moments when you have done things for others – Anonyms

Our nation will succeed to fail to the degree that all of us – citizens and businesses alike – are active participants in building strong, sustainable and enriching communities – Arnold Hiatt

When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die – Eleanor Roosevelt

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of tit for someone else – Benjamin Franklin

I shall pass through his 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

There is a tremendous strength that is growing in the through… sharing together, praying together, suffering together, and working together – Mother Teresa