Quotes on Service



"There is no limit to the good you can do,

if you don't care who gets the credit."
(unknown)

The measure of a manís character is
how he treats someone who can do nothing for him.
(Mother Teresa)

And so, my fellow Americans:

Ask not what your country can do for you--
ask what you can do for your country.
(John F. Kennedy)

From now on,
any definition of a successful life
must include serving others.
(George Bush)

I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare...

If our charities do not at all pinch or hamper us...they are too small.
There ought to be things we should like to do and cannot do
because our charitable expenditure excludes them.
C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (1952), 67

How wonderful it is that nobody needs to wait a single moment
before starting to improve the world.         
                                                                       (Anne Frank)

Use power to help people.
For we are given power not to advance our own purposes,
nor to make a great show in the world, nor a name.
There is but one just use of power,
 and it is to serve people.
(George Bush)

The meaning of my life is
          to help others find meaning in theirs.             
(Viktor Frankel)

I am only one,
But still I am one.
I cannot do everything,
But still I can do something.
And because I cannot do everything,
I will not refuse to do the
Something that I can do.
(Edward Everett Hale)

Nobody made a greater mistake than
he who did nothing because he could do only a little.   

(Edmund Burke)

We must not,
in trying to think about how we can make a big difference,
ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time,
add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.
(Marian Wright Edelman)

Do your little bit of good where you are;
it's those little bits of good put together
that overwhelm the world."
(Desmond Tutu)

Service is the rent we pay to be living. 

It is the very purpose of life
and not something you do in your spare time.    

(Marian Wright Edelman)

Everybody can be greatÖbecause anybody can serve. 
You donít have to have a college degree to serve. 
You donít 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.)

It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life,
that no man can sincerely try to help another
                        without helping himself.                         
(Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Too old to plant trees for my own gratification, 
I shall do it for my posterity.  
(Thomas Jefferson)

Anticipate charity by preventing poverty;
assist the reduced fellow man,
either by a considerable gift or a sum of money
or by teaching him a trade
or by putting him in the way of business
so that he may earn an honest livelihood
and not be forced the dreadful alternative
of holding out his hand for charity. 
This is the highest step and summit of charityís golden ladder. 

(Maimonides)

If you will think about what you ought to do for other people,
your character will take care of itself. 
(Woodrow  Wilson)

Giving frees us from
the familiar territory of our own needs

by opening our mind
to the unexplained worlds
      occupied by the needs of others.  
 
    
(Barbara Bush)