Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him.
Unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant pages in the biography of souls.
The breeze, the trees, the honey bees -All volunteers!
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.
The world is hugged by the faithful arms of volunteers.
We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.
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.
I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks.
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.
Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.
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.
I've seen and met angels wearing the disguise of ordinary people living ordinary lives.
Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone.
No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.
~James AllenGod and angels don't get paid even though theirs is some of the most important work around. Ditto for volunteers.
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.
Volunteers are love in motion!
No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.
I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
How beautiful a day can be
When kindness touches it!
Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.
The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.
The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.
One can pay back the loan of gold, but one dies forever in debt to those who are kind.
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.
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.
Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
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.
Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.
Being good is commendable, but only when it is combined with doing good is it useful.
I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.
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.
The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
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)
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
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.
Things of the spirit differ from things material in that the more you give the more you have.
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.
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.
Volunteers do it for free.
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.
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.
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.
Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.
There is one word which may serve as a rule of practice for all one's life - reciprocity.
Kindness, like a boomerang, always returns.
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.
Have you had a kindness shown?
Pass it on;
'Twas not given for thee alone,
Pass it on;
Let it Travell 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.
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.