Volunteerism Sayings and Quotes

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

Volunteerism is currency that appreciates.     

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Volunteering is so pervasive it's invisible. We take for granted all the things that have been pioneered by concerned, active volunteers.     

Susan J. Ellis

Who then can so softly bind up the wound of another as he who has felt the same wound himself.     

Thomas Jefferson

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

Benjamin Disraeli

The moral test of a society is how that society treats those who are in the dawn of life -- the children; those who are in the twilight of life -- the elderly; and those who are in the shadow of life -- the sick, the needy, and the handicapped.     

Hubert Humphrey

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


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

Muhammad Ali

Your life and mine should be valued not by what we take... but by what we give.     

Edgar Allen

What is the essence of life? To serve others and to do good.     


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

Marcus Aurelius

To show great love for God and our neighbor we need not do great things. It is how much love we put in the doing that makes our offering something beautiful for God.     

Mother Teresa

We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobiles, rather than by the quality of our service relationship to humanity.     

Martin Luther King, Jr.

There is no better exercise for your heart, Than reaching down and helping to lift someone up.     

Bernard Meltzer

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

Booker T. Washington

A pessimist, they say, sees a glass of water as being half empty; an optimist sees the same glass as half full. But a giving person sees a glass of water and starts looking for someone who might be thirsty.     

G. Donald Gale

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

Winston Churchill

You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.     

James D. Miles

Never underestimate your ability to make someone else's life better-even if you never know it.     

Greg Louganis

To be good, and to do good, is all we have to do.     

John Adams

Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.     

John F. Kennedy

Three keys to more abundant living: caring about others, daring for others, sharing with others.     

William Arthur Ward

Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.     

Chinese Proverb

To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.     

Eleanor Roosevelt

Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation's compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain love for one another.     

Erma Bombeck

We ourselves must be full of life if we are going to make life fuller for others.     

David Sawyer

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.     

Mother Teresa

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

Giving kids clothes and food is one thing but it's much more important to teach them that other people besides themselves are important, and that the best thing they can do with their lives is to use them in the service of other people.     

Dolores Huerta

The world is hugged by the faithful arms of volunteers.     

Everett Mamor

Unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant pages in the biography of souls.     

David Thomas