Memorials and Remembrances: 21 Inspirational Quotes About Selflessly Helping Others



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

I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world. ~Mother Teresa (Agnes Gonxha Bojarhiu)

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

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

This is the true joy in life — being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. ~George Bernard Shaw
Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light. ~Norman B. Rice
Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth. ~Mohammed Ali
Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day. ~Sally Koch
Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking “What’s in it for me?” ~Brian Tracy
Not only must we be good, but we must also be good for something. ~Henry David Thoreau
If you do a good job for others, you heal yourself at the same time, because a dose of joy is a spiritual cure. ~Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Find a need and fill it. ~Ruth Stafford Peale
I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catchers mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back. ~Maya Angelou
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 that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance. ~Robert F. Kennedy
The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground green. ~Thomas Carlyle

If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it. ~Lucy Larcom
Go the extra mile. It’s never crowded. ~Author Unknown

Life is never so busy that there is no time to serve. ~Author Unknown
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, Jr.
The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of tiny pushes of each honest worker. ~Helen Keller
Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others. ~Saint Augustine

What one small act of service to others can you commit to doing every day?  Perhaps it’s making a point to hold the door for others coming after you; it could be letting at least one person go in front of you during rush hour traffic; maybe you’ll choose to keep a cheerful look upon your face at work; it could be that you’ll commit to greeting your loved ones with a smile and a kiss when they come home after their long day.

What will you do?  Feel free to share in the comments below.  Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,



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