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Marion Wright Edelman Quotes and Sayings

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Service is the rent we pay for being.
It is the very purpose of life,
and not something you do in your spare time.
- Marion Wright Edelman

Related topics: Values

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson PHOTO

As we work to create light for others,
we naturally light our own way.
- Mary Anne Radmacher PHOTO

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson PHOTO

 

The best cure for our own self-inflicted suffering
is often service to others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I slept and dreamt that life was joy.
I awoke and saw that life was service.
I acted and behold, service was joy.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Seek first to understand,
then to be understood.
- Stephen Covey PHOTO

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To leave the world a bit better ...
to know that one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is an exciting business,
and most exciting when it is lived for others.
- Helen Keller

What you leave behind is not what
is engraved in stone monuments,
but what is woven into the lives of others.
- Pericles

You cannot do a kindness too soon,
for you never know how soon it will be too late.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
- Mother Teresa PHOTO

For some of us, the world appears to provide
only a fixed quantity of each resource -
a limited amount of food, of money,
of love, of success, of appreciation.
For others, life is unlimited.
Their world expands with the generosity, compassion,
inventiveness, and service that they contribute.
In this world-view, money that is spent
or given away returns multiplied.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

One can not reflect in streaming water.
Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
- Lao Tzu PHOTO

The best way to cheer yourself
is to try to cheer someone else up.
- Mark Twain

Compassion is the ultimate value in life.
Service is the ultimate action.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

In service, there is clarity and compassion.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Once you know yourself as a genuine seeker,
and when your own inner chamber is quite enlightened,
then comes the natural unfoldment of pure love and compassion
and a genuine desire to serve others.
- Rod Stryker PHOTO

My greatest service to others is living happily,
and radiating happiness and joy to those around me.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Wealth, like happiness, is never attained when sought after directly.
It comes as a by-product of providing a useful service.
- Henry Ford

The answer to circumstances is choosing a positive response,
and the most positive choice is to be of service.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What power there is in our service when our actions
line up with our mission, skills and joy.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The path to your own happiness is usually found in service.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Judgment and weariness are foes to service and generosity.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl PHOTO

A generous heart, kind speech,
and a life of service and compassion
are the things which renew humanity.
- The Buddha

Good works are links that form a chain of love.
- Mother Teresa

Be an opener of doors for such as come after thee.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The only gift is a portion of thyself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have found that among its other benefits,
giving liberates the soul of the giver.
- Maya Angelou

Humility is not thinking less of yourself,
it's thinking of yourself less.
- Rick Warren (author of The Purpose Driven(R) Life)

When I do good, I feel good.
When I do bad, I feel bad.
That's my religion.
- Abraham Lincoln

What you are is God's gift to you:
what you become is your gift to god.
- Anthony Dalla Villa

Sacrifice everything, and give up nothing.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Aim above morality.
Be not simply good,
be good for something.
- Henry David Thoreau

Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others,
you should put a good deal of thought
into the happiness that you are able to give.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others.
And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves
and our own self-preservation,
we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.
- Joseph Campbell

I have always held firmly to the thought
that each one of us can do a little
to bring some portion of misery to an end.
- Albert Schweitzer

We must use time wisely and forever realize
that the time is always ripe to do right.
- Nelson Mandela

We are formed and molded by our thoughts.
Those whose minds are shaped by selfless thoughts
give joy when they speak or act.
Joy follows them like a shadow that never leaves them.
- The Buddha

Happiness isn't at the end of the rainbow.
Happiness is at the beginning of the rainbow.
Following the rainbow is happiness,
not getting to the end of it.
- Werner Erhard

The value of a man should be seen in what he gives
and not in what he is able to receive.
- Albert Einstein

Nurturing is not complex.
It's simply being tuned in to the thing or person before you
and offering small gestures toward what it needs at that time.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Anyone who proposes to do good
must not expect people to roll stones out of his way,
but must accept his lot calmly,
even if they roll a few stones upon it.
- Albert Schweitzer

Only those who have learned the power
of sincere and selfless contribution
experience life's deepest joy: true fulfillment.
- Tony Robbins

When you make a world tolerable for yourself,
you make a world tolerable for others.
- Anais Nin

One of the secrets of life is that
all that is really worth the doing
is what we do for others.
- Lewis Carroll

Life's most urgent question is:
what are you doing for others?
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

What do we live for, if it is not
to make life less difficult for each other?
- George Eliot

No one has a right to consume happiness without producing it.
- Helen Keller

Man becomes great exactly in the degree
in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

We can never be the better for our religion
if our neighbor is the worse for it.
- Anonymous

We work with the people not out of pity
but out of respect for their potential for growth and development,
both as individuals and as communities.
- Jimmy Yen

A hero is someone who has given his life to
something bigger than himself
or something other than himself.
- Joseph Campbell

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

Wherever there is a human being,
there is an opportunity for a kindness.
- Seneca

We make a living by what we get.
We make a life by what we give.
- Winston Churchill

We may have found a cure for most evils;
but we have found no remedy for the worst of them all,
the apathy of human beings.
- Helen Keller

Our compassion and acts of selflessness
take us to the deeper truths.
- Amma

I believe that every human mind feels pleasure
in doing good to another.
- Thomas Jefferson

The happiness of one's own heart alone
cannot satisfy the soul;
one must try to include,
as necessary to one's own happiness,
the happiness of others.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

Give the world the best you have
and it may never be enough.
Give the world your best anyway.
- Mother Teresa

Whosoever is spared personal pain
must feel himself called
to help in diminishing the pain of others.
We must all carry our share of
the misery which lies upon the world.
- Albert Schweitzer

If there is anything that a man can do well,
I say let him do it. Give him a chance.
- Abraham Lincoln

Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity
are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants.
The question is: What are we busy about?
- Henry David Thoreau

To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act
is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Life's most persistent and urgent question is,
'What are you doing for others?'
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

If the world is cold, make it your business to build fires.
- Horace Traubel


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