Quotes on Volunteering

Here’s to all volunteers, those dedicated people who believe in all work and no pay.  ~Robert Orben

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.  ~Erma Brombeck

Volunteers are paid in six figures… S-M-I-L-E-S.  ~Gayla LeMaire

Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him.  ~Albert Schweitzer

Unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant pages in the biography of souls.  ~David Thomas

The breeze, the trees, the honey bees –
All volunteers!
~Juliet Carinreap

There are two ways of spreading light – to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.  ~Edith Wharton, Vesalius in Zante

Those who can, do.  Those who can do more, volunteer.  ~Author Unknown

The world is hugged by the faithful arms of volunteers.  ~Terri Guillemets

We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.  ~Cynthia Ozick

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.  ~Seth Parker

I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks.  ~William Shakespeare

Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless.  ~Sherry Anderson  (Thanks, Kathy)

It’s easy to make a buck.  It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.  ~Tom Brokaw

Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.  ~Elizabeth Andrew

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

No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another.  Thank you.  ~Author Unknown

I’ve seen and met angels wearing the disguise of ordinary people living ordinary lives.  ~Tracy Chapman

Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.  ~G.B. Stern

No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.  ~James Allen

God and angels don’t get paid even though theirs is some of the most important work around.  Ditto for volunteers.  ~Cherishe Archer

Something that has always puzzled me all my life is why, when I am in special need of help, the good deed is usually done by somebody on whom I have no claim.  ~William Feather

Volunteers are love in motion!  ~Author Unknown

No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others.  The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.  ~Author Unknown

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.  ~G.K. Chesterton

How beautiful a day can be
When kindness touches it!
~George Elliston

Appreciation is a wonderful thing.  It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.  ~Voltaire

The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.  ~Eric Hoffer

The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.  ~William James

One can pay back the loan of gold, but one dies forever in debt to those who are kind.  ~Malayan Proverb

The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.  ~John E. Southard

The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.  ~Oscar Wilde

Gratitude is the memory of the heart.  ~Jean Baptiste Massieu, translated from French

How far that little candle throws his beams!
So shines a good deed in a naughty world.
~William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice, much later adapted to “So shines a good deed in a weary world” by David Seltzer for the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.  ~Author Unknown

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.  ~Mark Twain

If you want to touch the past, touch a rock.  If you want to touch the present, touch a flower.  If you want to touch the future, touch a life.  ~Author Unknown

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

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

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

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It’s not.  ~Dr. Seuss

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.  ~Ivan Scheier

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

Help one another; there’s no time like the present and no present like the time.  ~James Durst

I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.  ~Mother Teresa

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

Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something.  ~Author Unknown

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

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.  ~Author Unknown

While earning your daily bread, be sure you share a slice with those less fortunate.  ~Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

No man stands so straight as when he stoops to help a boy.  ~Knights of Pythagoras  (Thanks, Jim)

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.  ~Albert Schweitzer

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.  ~Winston Churchill

What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.  ~Albert Pike (Thanks, Carl)

God has not called us to see through each other, but to see each other through.  ~Author Unknown

Things of the spirit differ from things material in that the more you give the more you have.  ~Christopher Morley

Not only must we be good, but we must also be good for something.  ~Henry David Thoreau

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

I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catchers mitt on both hands.  You need to be able to throw something back.  ~Maya Angelou

Volunteers do it for free.  ~Author Unknown

Every action in our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.  ~Edwin Hubbel Chapin

The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground green.  ~Thomas Carlyle

Every man feels instinctively that all the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.  ~James Russell Lowell

If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito.  ~Betty Reese

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 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.

We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.  ~Franklin Delano Roosevelt

We cannot live only for ourselves.  A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.  ~Herman Melville

Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.  ~Seneca

There is one word which may serve as a rule of practice for all one’s life – reciprocity.  ~Confucius

Kindness, like a boomerang, always returns.  ~Author Unknown

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.  ~Leo Buscaglia

Have you had a kindness shown?
Pass it on;
‘Twas not given for thee alone,
Pass it on;
Let it travel down the years,
Let it wipe another’s tears,
‘Til in Heaven the deed appears –
Pass it on.
~Henry Burton, Pass It On

Kindness is the greatest wisdom.  ~Author Unknown

Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.  ~James Matthew Barrie

Real charity doesn’t care if it’s tax-deductible or not.  ~Dan Bennett

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. Thomas Gale

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

There is no “I” in Team but there is a “u” in volunteer! and There is no “I” in Team, but we sure are glad there is “u” in our volunteers!

“The road to success is not crowded. Because while most are looking for ways to take, the truly successful people are finding ways to give. With a giving attitude, every situation is an opportunity for success.” – Unknown

“A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows” — St. Francis of Assisi

“When were the good and the brave ever in a majority?” — Henry David Thoreau

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.” –Muhammad Ali

“A man with calloused hands is a man with a soft heart; never trust a man with soft hands as he is the one with a calloused heart.”

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea. — Antoine de Saint-Exupery

When someone shares something of value with you and you benefit from it, you have a moral obligation to share it with others. — Chinese Proverb

With my resources And your resources Everyone will benefit

Let some else acknowledge your virtues.

It wasn’t the reward that mattered or the recognition you might harvest. It was your depth of commitment, your quality of service, the product of your devotion — these were the things that counted in life. When you gave purely, the honor in giving, and that was honor enough. –Captain Scott O’Grady

One Hundred Years From Now… One Hundred years from now it will not matter what kind of house you lived in… what kind of car you drove… what your bank balance was… but what will matter is that you were important in the life of a child. — Adapted from a quote by Forest Witcraft

Discover why some of the richest people in the world are not millionaires, they are volunteers.

I always wondered why somebody didn’t do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody. –Lily Tomlin

Opportunity + Preparedness = Success. Volunteer to help others be prepared for the opportunities afforded them.

If you don’t have any charity in your heart you have the worst kind of heart trouble. — Bob Hope

The human contribution is the essential ingredient. It is only in the giving of oneself to others that we truly live. — Ethel Percy Andrus

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

Volunteers are seldom paid; not because they are worthless, but because they are PRICELESS! –author unknown