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Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism; the way you play it is free will.
—Jawaharal Nehru

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Inspirational Quotes

These are some of my favorite quotes. They both motivate and ground me in the knowing that service is a necessary part of living -- that in true giving we all receive. Look for our quote of the week and and click here for websites featuring inspirational messages!

We get to make a living; we give to make a life.
Winston Churchill

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.
Helen Keller

The only truly happy man is always a fighting optimist. Optimism includes not only altruism but also social responsibility, social courage and objectivity.
W. Beran Wolfe

The charitable give out the door and God puts it back through the window.
Traditional Proverb

He who lends to the poor gets his interest from God.
German Proverb

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.
Helen Keller

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.
Norman Vincent Peale

Charity should begin at home, but should not stay there.
Philip Brooks

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.
Persian Proverb

Even in darkness, light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man.
Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice.
He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. His heart is secure; he will have no fear; in the end he will see his desire on his adversaries. He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor, his righteousness endures forever; his horn [dignity] will be lifted high in honor.

Psalm 112: 4-5, 7-9

One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but ends up impoverished.
Proverbs 11:24

Service is the rent we pay for living.
Marian Wright Edelman

Each one, teach one
African Proverb

. . . to whom much is given, much is required . . .
Luke 12:48

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.
African Proverb

Peace begins with a smile.
Mother Teresa

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.
Mary Anne Radmacher

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.
Lorraine Hansberry

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.
Chinese Proverb

Dedicate your life to a cause greater than yourself, and your life will become a glorious romance and adventure.
Mack Douglas

Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul to another.
George Eliot

The measure of mental health is the disposition to find good everywhere
Ralph Waldo Emerson

You have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars and change the world!
Harriet Tubman

True Compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.
Martin Luther King Jr.

If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.
Thomas Edison

We shall be judged more by what we do at home than what we preach abroad.
John F. Kennedy

Be the change you want to see in the world.
Mahatma Ghandi

Doing a good service is like throwing a rock into a pond, the ripples just go on and on.
Mark Doyle

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.
Frederick Douglass

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.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.
Mr. Nelson Mandela

A woman is like a tea bag... you never know how strong she is until you put her in hot water.
Eleanor Roosevelt

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.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
Kahlil Gibran

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.
Martin Luther, Jr.

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.
Kwan Tzu

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.
St. Augustine

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
Mother Teresa

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.
Sy Montgomery

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.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

All that is required for the triumph of evil is that good men remain and do nothing
Edmund Burke

We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.
Marian Wright Edelman

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.
William Arthur Ward

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.
Henry James

Do not go where the path may lead~
Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail


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
Horace Mann

Don't just dream about grandiose acts of doing good. Every day do small ones, that add up over time to positive patterns.
Marian Wright Edelman

Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness...
John Ruskin

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

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.
James 1:27

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
Edmund Burke

Govern thy life and thoughts as if the whole world were to see the one, and read the other.
Thomas Fuller

Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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.
Kal Menninger

Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism; the way you play it is free will.
Jawaharal Nehru

There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.
Elie Wiesel

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
Eleanor Roosevelt

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.
G. Donald Gale

The world is before you, and you need not take it or leave it as it was when you came in...
James Baldwin

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
Tenzin Gyatso

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