Our lives begin to end the day we are silent about things that matter.
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We get to make a living; we give to make a life.
A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world.
Believe, when you are most unhappy, that there is something for you to do in the world. So long as you can sweeten another's pain, life is not in vain.
The only truly happy man is always a fighting optimist. Optimism includes not only altruism but also social responsibility, social courage and objectivity.
The charitable give out the door and God puts it back through the window.
He who lends to the poor gets his interest from God.
The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.
You have not lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.
When you become detached mentally from yourself and concentrate on helping other people with their difficulties, you will be able to cope with your own more effectively. Somehow, the act of self-giving is a personal power-releasing factor.
Charity should begin at home, but should not stay there.
That which a man willingly shares, he keeps. That which he selfishly keeps, he loses.
Every man goes down to his death bearing in his hands only that which he has given away.
Even in darkness, light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man.
One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but ends up impoverished.
Service is the rent we pay for living.
Each one, teach one
. . . to whom much is given, much is required . . .
If I get there before you do, I am obligated to bore a hole and pull you through.
It takes a village to raise a child.
Peace begins with a smile.
To the world, you may be one person, but to one person, you may be the world.
Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Continue to learn. Appreciate your friends. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.
You learn, you earn, you return.
There is always something left to love. And if you ain't learned that, you ain't learned nothing.
Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of candle will never be shortened. Happiness never ceases by being shared.
Dedicate your life to a cause greater than yourself, and your life will become a glorious romance and adventure.
Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul to another.
The measure of mental health is the disposition to find good everywhere
You have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars and change the world!
True Compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.
If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.
We shall be judged more by what we do at home than what we preach abroad.
Be the change you want to see in the world.
Doing a good service is like throwing a rock into a pond, the ripples just go on and on.
It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.
If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.
Our lives begin to end the day we are silent about things that matter.
A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.
A woman is like a tea bag... you never know how strong she is until you put her in hot water.
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.
Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.
If you give a man a fish, he will have a single meal. If you teach him how to fish, he will eat all his life.
The one thing we can all agree, all faiths and ideologies, is that God is with the vulnerable and poor. God is in the slums, in the cardboard boxes where the poor play house... God is in the silence of a mother who has infected her child with a virus that will end both their lives... God is in the cries heard under the rubble of war... God is in the debris of wasted opportunity and lives, and God is with us if we are with them.
Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others.
If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
Go out into the world where your heart calls you. The blessings will come, I promise you that. I wish for you the insight to recognize the blessings as such, and sometimes it's hard. But you'll know it's a blessing if you are enriched and transformed by the experience. So be ready. There are great souls and teachers everywhere. It's your job to recognize them.
When a senior dies, it's as if a library burns
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 verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.
All that is required for the triumph of evil is that good men remain and do nothing
We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.
Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.
When we rise in the morning... at the table we drink coffee which is provided to us by a South American, or tea by a Chinese, or cocoa by a West African; before we leave for our jobs we are already beholden to more than half the world.
Dr. King used to say, ĎI was sitting in the back of the bus, but my mind was always up front.í Donít let anybody tell you that you canít do it. You aim high and you work very hard and now I think itís clear that you can be anything you want to.
Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.
Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.
Do not go where the path may lead~
Education, then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men -- the balance-wheel of the social machinery
Don't just dream about grandiose acts of doing good. Every day do small ones, that add up over time to positive patterns.
Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness...
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
Pure and lasting religion in the sight of God our Father means that we must care for orphans and widows in their troubles, and refuse to let the world corrupt us.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
Govern thy life and thoughts as if the whole world were to see the one, and read the other.
Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine.
Unrest of spirit is a mark of life; one problem after another presents itself and in the solving of them we can find our greatest pleasure.
Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism; the way you play it is free will.
There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.
A pessimist, they say, sees a glass of water as being half empty; an optimist sees the same glass as half full. But a giving person sees a glass of water and starts looking for someone who might be thirsty.
The world is before you, and you need not take it or leave it as it was when you came in...
We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
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