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70+ Inspirational Quotes About Volunteers And Volunteering

Volunteers perform a lot of hard work in diverse fields, from medicine to disaster relief to education. Their selfless service meets essential needs in communities that may be affected by poverty, political chaos, a random act of nature, or a persistent need that goes unmet. Whatever their personal motivation for volunteering, volunteers are often driven by the desire to help others and the rewarding feeling of knowing their talents and skills make a difference in the lives of others. Volunteering can often be thankless service, so these quotes serve as a thank you to those individuals who give their time and creativity to help those in need. 
Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.
Muhammad Ali
The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.
Helen Keller

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

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

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
Mahatma Gandhi


The only way to do great work is to love what you do.
Steve Jobs

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

Volunteers will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no volunteers.
Ken Wyman

Never underestimate your ability to make someone else’s life better – even if you never know it.
Greg Louganis

Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.
Elizabeth Andrew
From my early school days, I was brought up with the belief that we have a duty to use our talents, to volunteer and to make a contribution.
Michael Hintze

When the story of these times gets written, we want it to say that we did all we could, and it was more than anyone could have imagined.

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

One of the big myths about philanthropy is that it’s all about donating funds for a cause. I like to look at it quite differently. Philanthropy is about ‘giving’ – not just in monetary terms but also in non-monetary aspects, like time, ideas, or being a volunteer. Donating money is just a small part of philanthropy.
Pankaj Patel

I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.
Thomas Jefferson
It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die, than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience.
Julius Caesar

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

Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.
H. Jackson Brown Jr.

I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is joy.
Kahlil Gibran

Your life and mine should be valued not by what we take… but by what we give.
Edgar Allen

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

Research has shown that people who volunteer often live longer.
Allen Klein

You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.
James D. Miles

There is no better exercise for your heart than reaching down and helping to lift someone up.
Bernard Meltzer

The best way to appreciate our political process is to volunteer for a campaign and support a candidate you believe in.
Rob McKenna

A single act of kindness is like a drop of oil on a patch of dry skin—seeping, spreading, and affecting more than the original need.
Richelle E. Goodrich

If compassion was the motivating factor behind all of our decisions, would our world not be a completely different place?
Sheryl Crow

Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless.
Sherry Anderson

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 Bombeck

Always have a willing hand to help someone, you might be the only one that does.
Roy T. Bennett

You have not lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.
John Bunyan

What is the essence of life? To serve others and to do good.

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

Not being able to do everything is no excuse for not doing everything you can.
Ashleigh Brilliant

Whatever community organization, whether it’s a women’s organization, or fighting for racial justice … you will get satisfaction out of doing something to give back to the community that you never get in any other way.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Volunteering creates a national character in which the community and the nation take on a spirit of compassion, comradeship and confidence.
Brian O’Connell

Volunteering is so pervasive it’s invisible. We take for granted all the things that have been pioneered by concerned, active volunteers.
Susan J. Ellis

Service to a just cause rewards the worker with more real happiness and satisfaction than any other venture of life.
Carrie Chapman Catt

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

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

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

Being good is commendable, but only when it is combined with doing good is it useful.
Stephen King

As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands — one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.
Audrey Hepburn

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

To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own.
Abraham Lincoln

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

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

Our generation has the ability and the responsibility to make our ever-more connected world a more hopeful, stable and peaceful place.
Natalie Portman

Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves.
Horace Mann

Our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen volunteer to protect and defend this country and all its citizens, and do so with honor, integrity and excellence. Our nation continually asks them to do more and more, with less and less.
Allen West

The most truly generous persons are those who give silently without hope of praise or reward.
Carol Ryrie Brink

Do what you can to show you care about other people, and you will make our world a better place.
Rosalynn Carter

Can I see another’s woe, And not be in sorrow too? Can I see another’s grief, And not seek for kind relief?
William Blake

Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good.
Minor Myers

Go out into the world and do good until there is too much good in the world.
Larry H. Miller

There’s always room to volunteer. I think that’s a huge space to be involved with.
Halima Aden

The greatest poverty that can afflict the human spirit is the loss of a generous heart. You will know that success has slipped away when your passion for helping others grows cold.
Bill Lane Doulos

Each year, I pick something new to learn. One year, it was learning how to knit, and I got ‘The Sweethearts’ Knitting Club’ out of the experience. Another year, it was to volunteer at the local domestic abuse shelter, and I ended up volunteering there for three years.
Lori Wilde

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

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

If our hopes of building a better and safer world are to become more than wishful thinking, we will need the engagement of volunteers more than ever.
Kofi Annan

If every American donated five hours a week, it would equal the labor of twenty million full-time volunteers.
Whoopi Goldberg

Only a life lived for others is worth living.
Albert Einstein

Do every act of your life as if it were your last.
Marcus Aurelius

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

The patriot volunteer, fighting for country and his rights, makes the most reliable soldier on earth.
Stonewall Jackson

You must work – we must all work to make the world worthy of its children.
Pablo Casals

Be of service. Whether you make yourself available to a friend or co-worker, or you make time every month to do volunteer work, there is nothing that harvests more of a feeling of empowerment than being of service to someone in need.
Gillian Anderson

The best way to help people prevent hunger is in self help programs.
Wallace Campbell

We have to do what we can to help wherever and whenever it is possible for us to help.
Jackie Chan

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