An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Self-discipline motivated by concern for others: this has been the standard of conduct which I have attempted to reach.


Roger Barnes


So I vowed to keep myself alive, but only if I would never use me again for just me -- each one of us is born of two, and we really belong to each other. I vowed to do my own thinking, instead of trying to accommodate everyone else' opinion, credo's and theories. I vowed to apply my inventory of experiences to the solving of problems that affect everyone aboard planet Earth.


R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983, American inventor, designer, poet, philosopher)


I have a desire to leave the world a little more human than if I had not lived; for a true humanity is our nearest approach to Divinity.


Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894, American author, wit, poet)


The act of volunteering is an assertion of individual worth.


Edward C. Linderman


When men can no longer be theists, they must, if they are civilized, become humanists.


Walter Lippmann (1889-1974, American journalist)


The function of freedom is to free somebody else.


Toni Morrison (1931-, African-American novelist)


The genius of the tradition as it has developed in America is the unique combination of giving and voluntary service in behalf of independent organizations and institutions devoted to the public interest.


Robert L. Payton


Service to youth is the rent we pay for the space we occupy on earth.


Jane Deeter Rippin


Should any feeling but love and infinite compassion fill our hearts for all who live?


Carmen Sylva


Humanism was not wrong in thinking that truth, beauty, liberty, and equality are of infinite value, but in thinking that man can get them for himself without grace.


Simone Weil (1910-1943, French philosopher, mystic)


Humanism, it seems, is almost impossible in America where material progress is part of the national romance whereas in Europe such progress is relished because it feels nice.


Paul West


The charities that soothe and heal and bless are scattered at the feet of man like flowers.


William Wordsworth (1770-1850, British poet)


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