Humanitarian Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old humanitarian quotes, humanitarian sayings, and humanitarian proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


The humanitarian situation on the ground is deteriorating rapidly despite the ongoing diplomatic efforts.     

Sadako Ogata

The destiny of world civilization depends upon providing a decent standard of living for all mankind.     

Norman Borlaug

It's a great humanitarian injustice. Their families are here and they've been here. It's long past time for them to be reunited.     

Jeff Cohen

Being a humanitarian, supporting animal rights activists, human rights activists, it's all the same.     

Daryl Hannah

Humanitarian missions are little different from any other public enterprise, diplomacy included, which is susceptible of misinterpretation by the public, hence ultimately of failure.     

Alvin Adams

For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.     

Nelson Mandela

To say that on a daily basis you can make a difference, well, you can. One act of kindness a day can do it.     

Betty Williams

Humanitarianism is the expression of stupidity and cowardice.     

Adolf Hitler

There is no joy equal to that of being able to work for all humanity and doing what you're doing well.     

Buckminster Fuller

Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.     

Mahatma Gandhi

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.     

Mahatma Gandhi

The humanitarian thing is to try to do all we can for these people.     

Tim Horton

A humanitarian is always a hypocrite.     

George Orwell

The most wonderful study of mankind is man. Relieving human suffering and diffusing universal knowledge is humanitarian.     

Daniel D Palmer

You have to separate the humanitarian impulse from the record of aid itself. We all want to help. Many people would say that it's the moral impulse of the rich to help the poor, but the record of aid has been terrible.     

George Ayittey

The humanitarian lays stress almost solely upon breadth of knowledge and sympathy.     

Irving Babbitt

Humanitarianism consists in never sacrificing a human being to a purpose.     

Albert Schweitzer

The humanitarian would, of course, have us meddle in foreign affairs as part of his program of world service.     

Irving Babbitt

Humanitarian appeals always help. They penetrate deeper than political tradeoffs.     

Jesse Jackson

Liberals love to strike generous, humanitarian poses with other people's lives.     

Ann Coulter

The humanitarian in theory is the terrorist in action.     

Isabel Paterson

Our humanitarian efforts are being destroyed on the ground.     

Radhia Achouri

Humanitarian Logistics is about mobilization and movement of resources for disaster preparedness, disaster response and disaster recovery.     

Victor Manan Nyambala

The humanitarian is a treasure hunter seeking gems of remedy and appreciation.     

Richelle E. Goodrich

Humanitarian convictions are the linchpins of our salvation, and these an artist must champion.     

Eric Maisel

When we live in a world that is very unjust, you have to be a dissident.     

Nawal El Saadawi

Humanitarian issues must bring together all people who act in good faith trying to alleviate the suffering of people in dire need especially women, children and the elderly.     

Sergei Lavrov

A humanitarian seldom makes a good lover. For a lover's world revolves around their lover, while a humanitarian's world revolves around the world.     

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

There is a humanitarian impulse that one aspires to and there are days when one doesn't do it very well.     

Ralph Fiennes

Everyone needs to be valued. Everyone has the potential to give something back.     

Diana