Helping Sayings and Quotes

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

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

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

When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.     

Maya Angelou

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

John Bunyan

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

Audrey Hepburn

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

Napoleon Hill

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

By helping others, you will learn how to help yourselves.     

Aung San Suu Kyi

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don't 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

No one has ever become poor by giving.     

Anne Frank

He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.     

Abraham Lincoln

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

Abraham Lincoln

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

Mahatma Gandhi

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

William James

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

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


Charity sees the need, not the cause.     

German Proverb

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

Norman B. Rice

People never forget that helping hand especially when times are tough.     

Catherine Pulsifer

Take the time to help other people without expecting a reward or gratitude is definitely important in living an optimistic life.     

Krista "KK" Weatherspoon

Nothing exalts the soul or gives it a sheer sense of buoyancy and victory so much as being used to change the lives of other people.     

E. Stanley Jones

Do all the good you can, and make as little fuss about it as possible.     

Charles Dickens

To do more for the world than the world does for you - that is success.     

Henry Ford

I believe the world is one big family, and we need to help each other.     

Jet Li

Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves.     

Horace Mann

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

Booker T. Washington

Even the smallest act of caring for another person is like a drop of water -it will make ripples throughout the entire pond     

Jessy and Bryan Matteo

Never underestimate the difference YOU can make in the lives of others. Step forward, reach out and help. This week reach to someone that might need a lift.     


If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.     

John F. Kennedy

If a friend is in trouble, don't annoy him by asking him if there's anything you can do. Think of something appropriate and do it.     

E. W. Howe

If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your path.     

Buddhist Saying

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

If you're too busy to give your neighbor a helping hand, then you're just too darned busy.     

Marie T. Freeman

Many small people, in many small places, do many small things, that can alter the face of the world.     


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

I know of no great men except those who have rendered great service to the human race.     


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

Anne Frank

Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something.     


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

Mother Teresa

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

Albert Schweitzer

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

Edmund Burke

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

Winston Churchill

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

Sir James Barrie

I sought my soul, but my soul I could not see. I sought my God, but my God eluded me. I sought my brother and I found all three      

Martin Luther King Jr.

Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant.     

Jesus of Nazareth

I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.     

Ralph Nader

A good deed becomes tainted when you expect something in return.     

Duane Alan Hahn

Don't expect gratitude and you won't be disappointed. Do things because it is the right thing to do and in doing so you feel your heart swell up with love for your fellow man.     

Chris Morgan