Service Quotes

"What you do has far greater impact than what you say."
- Steven Covey

"Service is what life is all about."
- Marian Wright Edelman

"Great acts are made up of small deeds."
- Lao Tzu

"Goodness is the only investment that never fails."
- Henry David Thoreau

"As we serve others we are working on ourselves; every act, every word, every gesture of genuine compassion naturally nourishes our own hearts as well. It is not a question of who is healed first. When we attend to ourselves with compassion and mercy, more healing is made available for others. And when we serve others with an open and generous heart, great healing comes to us."
- Wayne Muller

"Service is what prayer looks like when it gets up off its knees and walks around in the world."
- Michael J. Graham, S.J.

"Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others."
- Rosa Parks

"Each of us has a fire in our hearts for something. It's our goal in life to find it and keep it lit."
- Mary Lou Retton

"A life isn't significant except for its impact on others lives."
- Jackie Robinson

"Know yourself. Never forget where you came from, and reach back to help someone else come forward too."
- Alpha Alexander

"A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle."
- James Keller

"Our lives no longer belong to us alone; they belong to all who need us desperately."
- Elie Wiesel

"The manner of giving is worth more than the gift."
- Pierre Corneille

"You know that your toil is not in vain when it is done in the Lord."
- 1 Corinthians 15:58

“The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”
- Mitch Albom

“What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.” 
- Albert Pine

“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 of Calcutta

"People say, ‘What is the sense of our small effort?’ They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time. A pebble cast into a pond causes ripples that spread in all directions. Each one of our thoughts, words and deeds is like that. No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless. There’s too much work to do.”  
- Dorothy Day

"We work to become, not to acquire."
- Elbert Hubbard

"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in service of others."
- Mahatma Gandhi

"Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth."
- Muhammad Ali

"When I use my strength in the service of my vision it makes no difference whether or not I am afraid." 
- Audre Lorde 

"For anything worth having one must pay the price; and the price is always work, patience, love, self-sacrifice - no paper currency, no promises to pay, but the gold of real service." 
- John Burroughs

"Charity, a word that comprises love and justice, may well be the most sublime of all Christian virtues."
- Diana Butler Bass

"Work is love made visible."
- Kahlil Gibran

"A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog."
- Jack London