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.


There are two ways of spreading light - to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.     

Edith Wharton

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

Elizabeth Andrew

Shall we make a new rule of life from tonight: always try to be a little kinder than necessary.     

Sir James Matthew Barrie

It is easy to sit up and take notice. What is difficult is getting up and taking action.     

Al Batt

Iron rusts from disuse even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.     

Leonardo da Vinci

Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.     

Barbara De Angelis

When you give yourself, you receive more than you give.     

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Do One Thing for a better world. Together we make a world of difference.     

Robert Alan Silverstein

If our hopes of building a better and safer world are to become more than wishful thinking, we will need the engagement of volunteers more than ever.     

Kofi Annan

Can I see another's woe, And not be in sorrow too? Can I see another's grief, And not seek for kind relief?     

William Blake

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

Edmond Burke

Every human being is important and all human beings owe something to their fellow inhabitants of this planet.     

Wallace Campbell

Throughout my life, I've seen the difference that volunteering efforts can make in people's lives. I know the personal value of service as a local volunteer.     

Jimmy Carter

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

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

Mahatma Gandhi

Living is the art of loving. Loving is the art of caring. Caring is the art of sharing. Sharing is the art of living. If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.     

Booker T. Washington

When you are kind to someone in trouble, you hope they'll remember and be kind to someone else, and it'll become like a wildfire.     

Whoopi Goldberg

No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.     

Martin Luther King Jr.

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

Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.     

Robert F. Kennedy