Community Service Sayings and Quotes

Community service is not only a way to give back, but it also is great for volunteers as well. Helping others makes us feel better. By giving back, we are really helping ourselves. Below you’ll find a collection of wise and insightful community service quotes.


Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.     

Muhammad Ali

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

Carrie Chapman Catt

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.     

Anne Frank

Whoever renders service to many puts himself in line for greatness - great wealth, great return, great satisfaction, great reputation, and great joy.     

Jim Rohn

To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.     

Douglas Adams

Help others and give something back. I guarantee you will discover that while public service improves the lives and the world around you, its greatest reward is the enrichment and new meaning it will bring your own life.     

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Lose yourself in generous service and every day can be a most unusual day, a triumphant day, an abundantly rewarding day!     

William Arthur Ward

Without community service, we would not have a strong quality of life. It's important to the person who serves as well as the recipient. It's the way in which we ourselves grow and develop.     

Dorothy Height

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

Aesop

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

Rosalynn Carter

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

Jackie Chan

He who wishes to secure the good of others has already secured his own.     

Confucius

The willingness to share does not make one charitable; it makes one free.     

Robert Brault

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

No time is better spent than that spent in the service of your fellow man.     

Bryant McGill

If you knew what I know about the power of giving, you would not let a single meal pass without sharing it in some way.     

Buddha

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

Mahatma Gandhi

There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed.     

Woodrow T. Wilson

You need an attitude of service. You're not just serving yourself. You help others to grow up and you grow with them.     

David Green

Community service has taught me all kinds of skills and increased my confidence. You go out there and think on your feet, work with others and create something from nothing. That's what life's all about.     

Andrew Shue

Always render more and better service than is expected of you, no matter what your task may be.     

Og Mandino

Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time.     

Marian Wright Edelman

It is the service we are not obliged to give that people value most.     

James Cash Penney

Do some selfless service for people who are in need. Consider the whole picture, not just our little selves.     

Nina Hagen

Service without humility is selfishness and egotism.     

Mahatma Gandhi

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

Marcus Aurelius

Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.     

Albert Einstein

Every kind of service necessary to the public good becomes honorable by being necessary.     

Nathan Hale

Being of service to others is what brings true happiness.     

Marie Osmond

The highest of distinctions is service to others.     

King George Vi

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

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

Even if it’s a little thing, do something for those who have need of a man’s help– something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it. For, remember, you don’t live in a world all your own. Your brothers are here, too.     

Albert Schweitzer

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

Audrey Hepburn

Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give.     

Ben Carson

If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito.     

Betty Reese

If you haven’t any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.     

Bob Hope

No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward what he gave.     

Calvin Coolidge

When we have inner peace, we can be at peace with those around us. When our community is in a state of peace, it can share that peace with neighboring communities.     

Dalai Lama

At the end of the day it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished… it’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.     

Denzel Washington

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.     

Dr. Seuss

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

To know when to be generous and when to be firm – this is wisdom.     

Elbert Hubbard

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

Elizabeth Andrew

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

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

H. Jackson Brown Jr.

While earning your daily bread, be sure to share a slice with those less fortunate.     

H. Jackson Brown

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.     

Helen Keller

Believe, when you are most unhappy, that there is something for you to do in the world. So long as you can sweeten another’s pain, life is not in vain.     

Helen Keller

We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.     

Herman Melville

The broadest, and maybe the most meaningful definition of volunteering: Doing more than you have to because you want to, in a cause you consider good.     

Ivan Scheier

Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.     

James Matthew Barrie

We are not put on this earth for ourselves, but are placed here for each other. If you are there always for others, then in time of need, someone will be there for you.     

Jeff Warner

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

John Bunyan

The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.     

John E. Southard

Make all you can, save all you can, give all you can.     

John Wesley

You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.     

Kahlil Gibran

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.     

Leo Buscaglia

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.     

Leo Rosten

Generosity consists not the sum given, but the manner in which it is bestowed.     

Mahatma Gandhi

In a gentle way, you can shake the world.     

Mahatma Gandhi

One can pay back the loan of gold, but one dies forever in debt to those who are kind.     

Malayan Proverb

There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.     

Margaret J. Wheatley

In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it.     

Marianne Williamson

Everyone can be great, because everyone can serve.     

Martin Luther King

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

Martin Luther King

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

I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.     

Maya Angelou

I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.     

Maya Angelou

Love cannot remain by itself — it has no meaning. Love has to be put into action and that action is service.     

Mother Teresa

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

Mother Teresa

If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.     

Mother Teresa

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.     

Mother Teresa

The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit.     

Nelson Henderson

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

Oscar Wilde

I slept and dream that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.     

Rabindranath Tagore

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

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

If you were born with the ability to change someone’s perspective or emotions, never waste that gift. It is one of the most powerful gifts God can give—the ability to influence.     

Shannon L. Alder

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

Sherry Anderson

This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in.     

Theodore Roosevelt

The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground green.     

Thomas Carlyle

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

Tom Brokaw

If you want to touch the past, touch a rock. If you want to touch the present, touch a flower. If you want to touch the future, touch a life.     

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No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burdens of another.     

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Volunteers are love in motion!     

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

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It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.     

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Kindness, like a boomerang, always returns.     

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

William Shakespeare

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

Winston Churchill