Compiled by Mia Inderbitzin


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 will have sought and found how to serve.
— Albert Schweitzer

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

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

There is no greater calling than to serve your fellow men.
There is no greater contribution than to help the weak.
There is no greater satisfaction than to have done it well.
— Walter Reuther

To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less.
— Andre Malraux

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

From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.
— Arthur Ashe

He who obtains has little. He who scatters has much.
— Lao Tzu

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

Teach us to give and not to count the cost.
— Ignatius of Loyola

We are here to add what we can to life, not get what we can from it.
— William Osler

I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love.
— Mother Teresa

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

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.
— Leo Rosten

Live simply that others might simply live.
— Elizabeth Seaton

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

Being good is commendable, but only when it is combined
with doing good is it useful.
— Author Unknown

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

He who gives when he is asked has waited too long.
— Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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

In about the same degree as you are helpful, you will be happy.
— Karl Reiland

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

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