100 Volunteer Quotes

Looking for the best volunteer quotes? You’ve come to the right place. We’ve compiled a list of 100 quotes for you.

Volunteer Quotes

1. “What is the essence of life? To serve others and to do good.” – Unknown

2. “Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.

3. “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Mahatma Gandhi

4. “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

5. “There are two ways of spreading light – to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” – Edith Wharton

6. “I find that the critics of voluntary service are all too often those who are prepared to accept such services when they require them but deride them with cynicism and scepticism when they see others helping and being helped.” – Eva Hart

7. “Service to humanity is service to God.” – Lailah Gifty Akita

8. “There were many, many times thereafter that Don regretted having enlisted – but so has every man who ever volunteered for military service.” – Robert A. Heinlein

9. “My old man says when it’s time to be counted, the important thing is to be man enough to stand up.” – Robert A. Heinlein

10. “Unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant pages in the biography of souls.” – David Thomas

11. “Allow the way to your great work to be guided by your service to others.” – Mollie Marti

12. “You may not have saved a lot of money in your life, but if you have saved a lot of heartaches for other folks, you are a pretty rich man.” – Seth Parker

13. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

14. “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another.” – Charles Dickens

15. “Our generation has the ability and the responsibility to make our ever-more connected world a more hopeful, stable and peaceful place.” – Natalie Portman

16. “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

17. “If you want to touch the past, touch a rock. If you want to touch the present, touch a flower. If you want to touch the future, touch a life.” – Unknown

18. “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” – William Shakespeare

19. “The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.” – Helen Keller

20. “No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another.” – Unknown

21. “It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference. ” – Tom Brokaw

22. “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” – William James

23. “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

24. “If you become a helper of hearts, springs of wisdom will flow from your heart.” – Rumi

25. “Volunteers are love in motion!” – Unknown

26. “You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.” – James D. Miles

27. “The greatest poverty that can afflict the human spirit is the loss of a generous heart. You will know that success has slipped away when your passion for helping others grows cold.” – Bill Lane Doulos

28. “Never underestimate your ability to make someone else’s life better – even if you never know it.” – Greg Louganis

29. “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop

30. “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

31. “Volunteerism is currency that appreciates.” – Unknown

32. “If you want more hope for your future, go help someone else and have more hope for their future.” – Germany Kent

33. “Research has shown that people who volunteer often live longer.” – Allen Klein

34. “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank

35. “Be of service. Whether you make yourself available to a friend or co-worker, or you make time every month to do volunteer work, there is nothing that harvests more of a feeling of empowerment than being of service to someone in need.” – Gillian Anderson

36. “Being good is commendable, but only when it is combined with doing good is it useful.” – Unknown

37. “Help one another. There’s no time like the present, and no present like the time.” – James Durst

38. “I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.” – Mother Teresa

39. “One can pay back the loan of gold, but one dies forever in debt to those who are kind.” – Malayan Proverb

40. “At the end of the day it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished… it’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.” – Denzel Washington

41. “Even if you just change one life, you’ve changed the world forever.” – Mike Satterfield

42. “Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” – Unknown

43. “Volunteers are not paid not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.” – Unknown

44. “What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.” – Albert Pike

45. “It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.” – Unknown

46. “The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground green.” – Thomas Carlyle

47. “I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.” – Maya Angelou

48. “Kindness, like a boomerang, always returns.” – Unknown

49. “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” – Leo Buscaglia

50. “The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” – Nelson Henderson

51. “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

52. “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

53. “To be good, and to do good, is all we have to do.” – John Adams

54. “Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.” – Seneca

55. “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

56. “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands – one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” – Audrey Hepburn

57. “Volunteering is at the very core of being a human. No one has made it through life without someone else’s help.” – Heather French Henry

58. “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

59. “Volunteerism is the voice of the people put into action. These actions shape and mold the present into a future of which we can all be proud.” – Helen Dyer

60. “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

61. “We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.” – Herman Melville

62. “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” – Muhammad Ali

63. “I urge young people to consider public service, whether they do it now by volunteering in their community or prepare for public service as an adult.” – John Walters

64. “Volunteering is an act of heroism on a grand scale. And it matters profoundly. It does more than help people beat the odds; it changes the odds.” – William J. Clinton

65. “Every person can make a difference, and every person should try.” – John F. Kennedy

66. “The quality of your life will be determined by the quality of your contribution. When you work to improve the lives of others, your life improves automatically.” – Kurek Ashley

67. “Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless.” – Sherry Anderson

68. “Only when we give joyfully, without hesitation or thought of gain, can we truly know what love means.” – Leo Buscaglia

69. “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe

70. “You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” – Kahlil Gibran

71. “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

72. “Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” – Steve Jobs

73. “The willingness to share does not make one charitable; it makes one free.” – Robert Brault

74. “There is no better exercise for your heart than reaching down and helping to lift someone up.” – Bernard Meltzer

75. “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” – John F. Kennedy

76. “When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” – Willie Nelson

77. “Three keys to more abundant living: caring about others, daring for others, sharing with others.” – William Arthur Ward

78. “Humanity progresses because of attempts to serve. and the more you serve others, the more you’re serving yourself.” – Aniekee Tochukwu Ezekiel

79. “You can study government and politics in school, but the best way to really understand the process is to volunteer your time.” – Rob McKenna

80. “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.” – Elizabeth Andrew

81. “You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.” – Winston Churchill

82. “The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” – Oscar Wilde

83. “If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito.” – Betty Reese

84. “It is not enough to be compassionate. You must act.” – Dalai Lama XIV

85. “Even if it’s a little thing, do something for those who have need of a man’s help something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it. For, remember, you don’t live in a world all your own. Your brothers are here, too.” – Dr. Albert Schweitzer

86. “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – Dr. Seuss

87. “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

88. “Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another.” – Erma Bombeck

89. “While earning your daily bread, be sure you share a slice with those less fortunate.” – H. Jackson Brown

90. “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

91. “Not only must we be good, but we must also be good for something.” – Henry David Thoreau

92. “The broadest, and maybe the most meaningful definition of volunteering: Doing more than you have to because you want to, in a cause you consider good.” – Ivan Scheier

93. “Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.” – James Matthew Barrie

94. “Only by giving are you able to receive more than you already have.” – Jim Rohn

95. “The only people with whom, you should try to get even are those who have helped you.” – John E. Southard

96. “Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves.” – Horace Mann

97. “To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own.” – Abraham Lincoln

98. “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

99. “The best antidote I know for worry is work. The best cure for weariness is the challenge of helping someone who is even more tired. One of the great ironies of life is this: He or she who serves almost always benefits more than he or she who is served.” – Gordon B. Hinckley

100. “Wherever you turn, you can find someone who needs you. Even if it is a little thing, do something for which there is no pay but the privilege of doing it. Remember, you don’t live in the world all of your own.” – Albert Schweitzer