32 Inspiring Quotes on Volunteering

Volunteering Quotes


Not only are volunteers the life source for many organizations to be able to do the important work they do, but volunteering is food for an individual’s soul.


In fact, there are many studies that show the health improvements and overall well being improvements that volunteering one’s time and skills can bring.


Related: Make Happiness for Yourself: 20 Simple Tips 


The following collection of quotes on volunteering allows us to reflect on the importance of helping others for the greater good and for the benefits and inspiration it brings to our own lives. 


Inspiring Quotes on Volunteering


“Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves.”

Horace Mann


“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.”

H. Jackson Brown Jr.


“Help one another. There’s no time like the present, and no present like the time.”

James Durst


“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Do not wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.”

Barack Obama


“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”

Dalai Lama


“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”

William James



“Privilege blinds because it’s in its nature to blind. Do not let it blind you too often. Sometimes you will need to push it aside in order to see clearly.”

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie



“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.”

Oscar Wilde



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

Mother Teresa



“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.”

Dalai Lama



“The more one forgets himself, by giving himself to a cause to serve or another person to love—the more human he is and the more he actualizes himself.”

Viktor Frankl



“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.”

Booker T. Washington



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

Audrey Hepburn



“Life’s persistent and most urgent question is ‘What are you doing for others?’”

Martin Luther King Jr



“To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own.”

Abraham Lincoln



“I believe that to meet the challenge of our times, human beings will have to develop a greater sense of universal responsibility. We must all learn to work not just for our own self, family, or nation but for the benefit of all humankind. Universal responsibility is the key to human survival. It is the best foundation for world peace, the equitable use of natural resources, and through concern for future generations, the proper care of the environment.”

Dalai Lama



“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”

William Shakespeare



“I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.”

Albert Schweitzer



“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

Mahatma Gandhi



“The best antidote I know for worry is work. The best cure for weariness is the challenge of helping someone who is even more tired. One of the great ironies of life is this: He or she who serves almost always benefits more than he or she who is served.”

Gordon B. Hinckley



“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



“It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson



“Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him.”

Albert Schweitzer



“The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.”

Mahatma Gandhi



“I am only one but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still, I can do something.”

Edward Everett



“The intelligent way to be selfish is to work for the welfare of others.”

Dalai Lama


Words to Thank A Volunteer


“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



“You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.”

Winston Churchill



“You don’t choose the day you enter the world, and you don’t choose the day you leave. It’s what you do in between that makes all the difference.”

Anita Septimus



“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.”

Elizabeth Andrew



“An effort made for the happiness of others lifts us above ourselves.”

Lydia Maria Child


“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.”



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