Helping Others Sayings and Quotes

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

No one has ever become poor by giving.     

Anne Frank

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.     

Charles Dickens

There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.     

John Holmes

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

How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.     

William Shakespeare

Success has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It's what you do for others.     

Danny Thomas

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

Lydia M. Child

Let me do all the good I can, to all the people I can, as often as I can, for I shall not pass this way again.     

John Wesley

Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you.     

Mother Teresa

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

Edmund Burke

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

Nelson Henderson

Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light.     

Norman B. Rice

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

Winston Churchill

The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.     

Napolean Hill

To ease another's heartache is to forget one's own.     

Abraham Lincoln

Love is not patronizing and charity isn't about pity, it is about love. Charity and love are the same - with charity you give love, so don't just give money but reach out your hand instead.     

Mother Teresa

Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man's growth without destroying his roots.     

Frank A. Clark

The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.     

Ann Landers

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened.     


If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.     

John Quincy Adams

If you light a lamp for someone else it will also brighten your path.     


Never look down on anybody unless you're helping him up.     

Jesse Jackson

There is no use whatever trying to help people who do not help themselves. You cannot push anyone up a ladder unless he is willing to climb himself.     

Andrew Carnegie

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

Nothing makes one feel so strong as a call for help.     

Pope Paul VI

Charity is injurious unless it helps the recipient to become independent of it.     

John D. Rockefeller

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 purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.     

Albert Schweitzer

Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, 'What's in it for me '     

Brian Tracy

Every single time you help somebody stand up, you are helping humanity rise.     

Steve Maraboli

Your purpose in life is to use your gifts and talents to help other people. Your journey in life teaches you how to do that.     

Tom Krause

You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.     

Zig Ziglar

Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves.     

Horace Mann

If you want your life to get better, sometimes the best thing you can do is to help improve somebody else's life.     

Joel Osteen

A single generosity enlarges the world.     

Mary Anne Radmacher

Time and money spent in helping men to do more for themselves is far better than mere giving.     

Henry Ford

Condemn none: if you can stretch out a helping hand, do so. If you cannot, fold your hands, bless your brothers, and let them go their own way.     

Swami Vivekananda

If you have some respect for people as they are, you can be more effective in helping them to become better than they are.     

John W. Gardner

Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.      

Booker T. Washington

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

John Bunyan

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

Give yourself entirely to those around you. Be generous with your blessings. A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.     

Steve Maraboli

When you become detached mentally from yourself and concentrate on helping other people with their difficulties, you will be able to cope with your own more effectively. Somehow, the act of self-giving is a personal power-releasing factor.     

Norman Vincent Peale

To be a revolutionary you have to be a human being. You have to care about people who have no power.     

Jane Fonda

I shall not pass this way again: Then let me now relieve some pain, Remove some barrier from the road, Or brighten some one's heavy load.     

Eva Rose Park

Maturity begins to grow when you can sense your concern for others outweighing your concern for yourself.     

John MacNaughton

If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.     

Chinese Proverb

In helping others, we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us.     

Flora Edwards

The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.     

Benjamin Disraeli