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





Listen long enough and the person will generally come up with an adequate solution.


Mary Kay Ash (1918-2001, American businesswoman, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics)


To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.


Douglas Adams (1952-, British science fiction writer)


If we had no regard for others' feelings or fortune, we would grow cold and indifferent to life itself.


George M. Adams (1878-1962, American author)


If we do not lay out ourselves in the service of mankind, whom should we serve?


John Adams (1735-1826, American President (2nd))


Do unto yourself as your neighbors do unto themselves and look pleasant.


George Ade (1866-1944, American humorist, playwright)


Sympathy is the charm of human life.


Grace Aguilar


If you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning.


Catherine Aird


Customer needs have an unsettling way of not staying satisfied for very long.


Karl Albrecht (American management consultant, speaker, and author of business books)


Don't give advice unless you're asked.


Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888, American author)


He who sees a need and waits to be asked for help is as unkind as if he had refused it.


Dante Alighieri


The fragrance of what you give away stays with you.


Earl Allen


It is only in the giving of oneself to others that we truly live.


Ethel Percy Andrus (American educator, founder of The National Retired Teachers)


Such to me is the new image of aging; growth in self, and service for all mankind.


Ethel Percy Andrus (American educator, founder of The National Retired Teachers)


What I spent, is gone; what I kept, I lost; but what I gave away will be mine forever.


Ethel Percy Andrus (American educator, founder of The National Retired Teachers)


You were placed on this earth to create, not to compete.


Dr. Robert Anthony (American educator)


If the people have no bread, let them eat cake.


Marie Antoinette (1755-1793 French Queen)


Do right to the widows, judge for the fatherless, give to the poor, defend the orphan, clothe the naked.


Apocrypha (A collection of fourteen books written after the last book of the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) and before the first book of the Christian Scriptures (New Testament).)


Well-being is not found in isolation, possessions, or power itself; it usually appears while serving others.


Manuel Arango


Sons branch out, but one woman leads to another.


Margaret Atwood (1939-, Canadian novelist, poet, critic)


Keep doing good deeds long enough, and you'll probably turn out a good man in spite of yourself.


Louis Auchincloss (1917-, American author)


We are here on earth to do good to others. What the others are here for, I don't know.


W. H. Auden (1907-1973, Anglo-American poet)


He who helps in the saving of others, Saves himself as well.


Hartmann Von Aue (1190-1210, Swabian knight)


Doing a 'good turn' may seem a trivial thing to us grown-ups, but a good turn done as a child will grow into service for the community when she grows up.


Olave Baden-Powell


Instead of getting hard ourselves and trying to compete, women should try to give their best qualities to men -- bring them softness, teach them how to cry.


Joan Baez (1941-, American singer, songwriter)


I see their souls, and I hold them in my hands, and because I love them they weigh nothing.


Pearl Bailey (1918-1990, American vocalist, movie and stage actress)


Spiritual love is a position of standing with one hand extended into the universe and one hand extended into the world, letting ourselves be a conduit for passing energy.


Christina Baldwin


It's really important that, as women, we tell our stories. That is what helps seed our imaginations.


Ann Bancroft


In the time we have it is surely our duty to do all the good we can to all the people we can in all the ways we can.


William Barclay (1907-1978, Scottish theologian, religious writer, broadcaster)


One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion.


Simone De Beauvoir (1908-1986, French novelist, essayist)


If you're not here to serve somebody, if there's going to be no integrity to your journey, no honor to it, then why are you here?


Harry Belafonte (1927-, American actor and singer)


Female friendships that work are relationships in which women help each other belong to themselves.


Louise Bernikow (American author)


Living creatures are nourished by food, and food is nourished by rain; rain itself is the water of life, which comes from selfless worship and service.


Bhagavad Gita (c. BC 400-, Sanskrit poem incorporated into the Mahabharata)


My heart is happy, my mind is free. I had a father who talked with me.


Hilde Bigelow


Everything that lives, lives not alone, nor for itself.


William Blake (1757-1827, British poet, painter)


The more you learn what to do with yourself, and the more you do for others, the more you will learn to enjoy the abundant life.


William Boetcker


True religion... is giving and finding one's happiness by bringing happiness into the lives of others.


William Boetcker


It is not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly turns to compassion and understanding.


Erma Bombeck (1927-, American author, humorist)

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When God made up this world of ours, He made it long and wide, and meant that it should shelter all, And none should be denied.


Carrie Jacobs Bond


We are trying to help those with whom we are dealing to find a new meaning in their lives by caring for causes of significance beyond their own self interest.


Helen Boosalis


Everyone needs help from everyone.


Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956, German dramatist, poet)


He who helps a child helps humanity with an immediateness which no other help given... in any other stage of human life can possibly give again.


Phillips Brooks (1835-1893, American minister, poet)


To serve is beautiful, but only if it is done with joy and a whole heart and a free mind.


Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973, American novelist)


In doing good, consider not just yourself, but also all of the universe's beings.


Buddha (568-488 BC, Indian born, founder of Buddhism)


You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.


John Bunyan (1628-1688, British author)


From now on in America, any definition of a successful life must include serving others.


George H. Bush (1924-, American President (41st))


We are not the sum of our possessions. Let us be a thousand points of light to help people.


George H. Bush (1924-, American President (41st))


Today, I ask all Americans and all institutions, large and small, to make service central to your life and work.


George W. Bush (1942-, American President (43rd))


When we try to serve or understand the world we touch what is divine. We get our dignity, our courage, our joy in work because of the greatness of the far-off and always in sight, always attainable, never at any moment attained. Service is one of the ways by which a tiny insect like one of us can get a purchase on the whole universe. If we find the job where we can be of use, we are hitched to the star of the world and move with it.


Richard Clarke Cabot


When anything gets freed, a zest goes round the world.


Hortense Calisher


If you are not serving your customer, you better be serving someone who is.


Jan Carlzon (1941-, Swedish business executive, CEO of SAS)


The rare individual who unselfishly tries to serve others has an enormous advantage. He has little competition.


Dale Carnegie (1888-1955, American trainer, author, "How to Win Friends and Influence People")


If we can't turn the world around we can at least bolster the victims.


Liz Carpenter (American writer)


The hand that in life grips with a miser's clutch, and the ear that refuses to heed the pleading voice of humanity forfeit the most precious of all gifts of earth and of heaven -- the happiness that comes of doing good to others.


Amon G. Carter Jr.


Throughout my life, I've seen the difference that voluntary efforts can make in people's lives. I know the personal value of service as a local volunteer.


Jimmy Carter (1924-, American President (39th))


How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because some day in life you will have been all these.


George Washington Carver (1864-1943, American scientist)


No man is more than another unless he does more than another.


Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616, Spanish novelist, dramatist, poet)


Do everything with a mind that lets go. Do not expect praise or reward.


Achaan Chah


We grow by love... others are our nutriment.


William Ellery Channing (1780-1842, American Unitarian minister, author)


If you will please people, you must please them in their own way.


Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield (1694-1773, British statesman, author)


Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth.


Shirley Chisholm (1924-, American social activist)


Do not let spacious plans for a new world divert your energies from saving what is left of the old.


Winston Churchill (1874-1965, British statesman, Prime Minister)


In the service of the Lord, it is not where but how you serve.


Reuben J. Clark


I challenge a new generation of young Americans to a season of service -- to act on your idealism by helping troubled children, keeping company with those in need, reconnecting our torn communities. There is so much to be done -- enough indeed for millions of others who are still young in spirit to give themselves in service too.


Bill Clinton (1946-, American President (42nd))


We ought to be doing all we can to make it possible for every child to fulfill his or her God-given potential.


Hillary Rodham Clinton (1947-, American First Lady, senator, wife of Bill Clinton)


He that will not permit his wealth to do any good for others... cuts himself off from the truest pleasure here and the highest happiness later.


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British sportsman writer)


The superior man... does not set his mind either for or against anything, he will pursue whatever is right. The superior man thinks of virtue, the common man of comfort.


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


When you see a worthy person, endeavor to emulate him. When you see an unworthy person, then examine your inner self.


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


You are never giving, nor can you ever give, enough service.


James R. Cook (1728-1779, British navigator)


No enterprise can exist for itself alone. It ministers to some great need, it performs some great service, not for itself, but for others; or failing therein, it ceases to be profitable and ceases to exist.


Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933, American President (30th))


Let our girls feel that we expect something more of them than that they merely look pretty and appear well in society. Teach them that there is a race with special needs which they and only they can help; that the world needs and is already asking for their trained and efficient forces.


Anna Julia Cooper


One cannot make oneself, but one can sometimes help a little in the making of somebody else.


Dinah Mulock Craik


The world has cares enough to plague us; but he who meditates on others' woes shall, in that meditation, lose his own.




You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end, each of us must work for our own improvement and, at the same time, share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful.


Madame Marie Curie (1867-1934, Polish-born French physicist)


You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end, each of us must work for our own improvement and, at the same time, share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful.


Madame Marie Curie (1867-1934, Polish-born French physicist)


Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.


Dalai Lama (1935-, Tibetan religious leader)


Drop the hammer and pick up the shovel.


J. A. Dever


However many holy words you read, however many you speak, What good will they do you if you do not act upon them?


Dhammapada (BC 300-, Buddhist collection of moral aphorism)


Tenderness is greater proof of love than the most passionate of vows.


Marlene Dietrich (1904-1992, German-born American film actor)


The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches, but to reveal to him his own.


Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881, British statesman, Prime Minister)


In a world where there is so much to be done, I felt strongly impressed that there must be something for me to do.


Dorothy Dix (1861-1951, American columnist)


Those who do the most for the world's advancement are the ones who demand the least.


Henry L. Doherty (1870-1939, American utilities executive/engineer)


Goodwill is the mightiest practical force in the universe.


Charles F. Dole


Follow your interests, get the best available education and training, set your sights high, be persistent, be flexible, keep your options open, accept help when offered, and be prepared to help others.


Mildred Spiewak Dresselhaus


Half of the world is on the wrong scent in the pursuit of happiness. They think it consists in having and getting, and in being served by others. It consists in giving and in serving others.


Henry Drummond (1786-1860, British banker, politician, religious leader)


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


Marian Wright Edelman


The legacy I want to leave is a child-care system that says no kid is going to be left alone or left unsafe.


Marian Wright Edelman


It is high time the ideal of success should be replaced with the ideal of service.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


Only a life lived in the service to others is worth living.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


The high destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule...


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


Be unselfish. That is the first and final commandment for those who would be useful and happy in their usefulness. If you think of yourself only, you cannot develop because you are choking the source of development, which is spiritual expansion through thought for others.


Charles W. Eliot


No man can help another without helping himself.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


My hope still is to leave this world a little better for my being here.


Jim Henson


We shall serve for the joy of serving, prosperity shall flow to us and through us in unending streams of plenty.


Charles Fillmore (American co-founder of Unity School of Christianity)


To devote a portion of one's leisure to doing something for someone else is one of the highest forms of recreation.


Gerald B. Fitzgerald


Everybody has to be somebody to somebody to be anybody.


Malcolm S. Forbes (1919-1990, American publisher, businessman)


A business absolutely devoted to service will have only one worry about profits. They will be embarrassingly large.


Henry Ford (1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of Ford Motor Company)


I have tried to live my life as my mother would have wished. She taught me as a boy that service is the highest duty in this world. I believed her then, and I believe her now. I have tried to follow her teaching.


Henry Ford (1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of Ford Motor Company)


Time and money spent in helping men to do more for themselves is far better than mere giving.


Henry Ford (1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of Ford Motor Company)


A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


If you would have a faithful servant, and one that you like, serve yourself.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


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