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





The most acceptable service of God is doing good to man.


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


When I am employed in serving others, I do not look upon myself as conferring favors but paying debts.


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


Man absolutely cannot live by himself.


Erich Fromm (1900-1980, American psychologist)


Every community needs a great many communal services. By rewarding such work with honor and esteem, the very best men can be had for nothing.


John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-, American economist)


Consciously or unconsciously, every one of us does render some service or other. If we cultivate the habit of doing this service deliberately, our desire for service will steadily grow stronger, and will make, not only our own happiness, but that of the world at large.


Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Indian political, spiritual leader)


In a gentle way, you can shake the world.


Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Indian political, spiritual leader)


The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.


Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Indian political, spiritual leader)


When people are serving, life is no longer meaningless.


John W. Gardner (1912-2002, American educator, social activist)


Most convicted felons are just people who were not taken to museums or Broadway musicals as children.


Libby Gelman-Waxner


Every man has a mission from God to help his fellow beings.


James Gibbons


We would give more alms if we had the eyes to see what a beautiful picture a receiving hand makes.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy, the kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure.


Emma Goldman (1869-1940, American anarchist)


We challenge one another to be funnier and smarter.... It's the way friends make love to one another.


Annie Gottlieb


You're born to serve the Lord and the brotherhood of man. It's everybody's obligation to help the least of our brethren. If that's right -- and I think it is -- then you have to work everyday to do that.


Peter J. Grace


To oblige persons often costs little and helps much.


Baltasar Gracian (1601-1658, Spanish philosopher, writer)


If your contribution has been vital there will always be somebody to pick up where you left off, and that will be your claim to immortality.


Walter Gropius (1883-1969, German architect)


This may be the day God gives me a great opportunity to serve someone who needs help from me.


Bill Grosz


I have been the recipient of love and service, therefore I can love and serve. There is great satisfaction in service to others, in ...seeing people and their conditions change.


Clarence E. Hodges


We could not retard that great forward movement of humanity if we would. But each of us may decide for himself whether to share in the glory of promoting it or incur the shame of having looked coldly and indifferently on.


Horace Greeley (1811-1872, American newspaper editor)


The service we render others is the rent we pay for our room on earth.


Wilfred Grenfell


We must do good to others because it's the right thing to do -- not to make ourselves look good.


Fritz Guy


The true value of human life is determined by the extent to which it is used to help others.


Val Halamandaris


I'm not an American hero. I'm a person who loves children.


Clara Mcbride Hale


Every kind of service necessary to the public good becomes honorable by being necessary.


Nathan Hale (1755-1776, American revolutionary soldier)


The role of a do-gooder is not what actors call a fat part.


Margaret Halsey (1910-1997, American author)


I want to talk with people who care about things that matter that will make a life-changing difference.


Mark Victor Hansen (American motivational speaker, author)

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The greatest gift is the passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination.


Elizabeth Hardwick (1916-, American novelist)


People who won't help others in trouble "because they got into trouble through their own fault" would probably not throw a lifeline to a drowning man until they learned whether he fell in through his own fault or not.


Sydney J. Harris


We are cold to others only when we are dull in ourselves.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


If you want to love you must serve, if you want freedom you must die.


Georg Hegel (1770-1831, German philosopher)


We have to improve life, not just for those who have the most skills and those who know how to manipulate the system. But also for and with those who often have so much to give but never get the opportunity.


Dorothy Height


We've got to work to save our children and do it with full respect for the fact that if we do not, no one else is going to do it.


Dorothy Height


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


Nelson Henderson


Every little deed counts. Every word has power and we can, everyone, do our share to redeem the world.


Abraham J. Heschel (1907-1972, Polish educator, author)


Love is a choice -- not simply, or necessarily, a rational choice, but rather a willingness to be present to others without pretense or guile.


Carter Heyward


Do right. Do your best. Treat others as you want to be treated.


Lou Holtz (1937-, American football coach)


The charity that is a trifle to us can be precious to others.


Homer (c. 850 -? BC, Greek epic poet)


The structure of human betterment cannot be built upon foundations of materialism or business, but upon the bedrock of individual character in free men and women.


Herbert Clark Hoover (1874-1964, American President (31st))


The mortal sickness of a mind too unhappy to be kind.


A. E. Housman (1859-1936, British poet, classical scholar)


Human service is the highest form of self -- interest for the person who serves.


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


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


We all of us need assistance. Those who sustain others themselves want to be sustained.


Maurice Hulst


There is nothing to make you like other human beings so much as doing things for them.


Zora Neale Hurston (1903-1960, American novelist)


The superior man rises by lifting others.


Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899, American orator, lawyer)


We rise by raising others -- and he who stoops above the fallen, stands erect.


Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899, American orator, lawyer)


It is in struggle and service with our brothers and sisters, individually and collectively, that we find the meaning of life.


Jesse Jackson (1941-, American clergyman, Civil Rights leader)


The key to life is service to others.


Jesse Jackson (1941-, American clergyman, Civil Rights leader)


Parenting, at its best, comes as naturally as laughter. It is automatic, involuntary, unconditional love.


Sally James


Through our willingness to help others we can learn to be happy rather than depressed.


Gerald G. Jampolsky (1925-, American psychiatrist, lecturer, author)


It is our first duty to serve society.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


Think that day lost whose descending sun, views from thy hand no noble action done.


Joseph Joubert (1754-1824, French moralist)


Believe, when you are most unhappy, that there is something for you to do in the world. So long as you can sweeten another's pain, life is not in vain.


Helen Keller (1880-1968, American blind/deaf author, lecturer, amorist)


I looked on child rearing not only as a work of love and duty but as a profession that was fully as interesting and challenging as any honorable profession in the world and one that demanded the best I could bring to it.


Rose F. Kennedy


Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others? Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how. The moment you know how, you begin to die a little.


Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968, American Civil Rights leader, Nobel Prize winner, 1964)


There's no use in doing a kindness if you do it a day too late.


Charles Kingsley (1819-1875, British author, clergyman)


There lies within most of us an innate quality that compels us to give of ourselves for the good of mankind.


Clyde C. Kissinger


Find out where you can render a service, and then render it. The rest is up to the Lord.


Sebastian S. Kresge


In this world we must help one another.


Jean De La Fontaine (1621-1695, French poet)


What its children become, that will the community become.


Suzanne Lafollette (1893-1983, American feminist, writer)


The difference between a helping hand and an outstretched palm is a twist of the wrist.


Laurence Leamer


Every child has a right to a good home.


Ettie Lee


The only thing you will take through those pearly gates is what you have given away.


Marcia Moore


Rule #1: The customer is always right. Rule number two: If the customer is wrong, see rule number one!


Steve Leonard


Doing good is the easiest way to get the most out of life.


Elmer G. Letterman


In nothing do men more nearly approach the gods than in doing good to their fellow men.


Cicero Pro Ligario


Give what you have to somebody, it may be better than you think.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892, American poet)


An act of goodness is of itself an act of happiness.


Maurice Maeterlinck (1862-1949, Belgian author)


An act of goodness is of itself an act of happiness.


Maurice Maeterlinck (1862-1949, Belgian author)


The true way of soften one's troubles is to solace those of others.


Madame De Maintenon


Work as though you would live forever, and live as though you would die today. Go another mile!


Og Mandino (1923-1996, American motivational author, speaker)

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The highest service we can perform for others is to help them help themselves.


Horace Mann (1796-1859, American educator)


Live and let live is not enough; live and help live is not too much.


Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)


There have been men and women in every generation who have longed for a better day and who have been willing to aid the forces which they believed would hasten that day.


Arnaud C. Marls


As small as it may seem, a good deed is always worth the doing.


Spark Matsunaga


The most infectiously joyous men and women are those who forget themselves in thinking about others and serving others.


Robert J. McCracken


Children are forced to live very rapidly in order to live at all. They are given only a few years in which to learn hundreds of thousands of things about life and the planet and themselves.


Phyllis McGinley (1905-1978, American poet, author)


No one has ever loved anyone the way everyone wants to be loved.


Mignon McLaughlin (1915-, American author, editor)


Energy abounds when you volunteer -- do it now.


Holly Stewart McMahon


To live is not to live for one's self; let us help one another.


Menander of Athens (BC 342-291, Greek dramatic poet)


He who does not live in some degree for others, hardly lives for himself.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


He who lives not to others, lives little to himself.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.


Maria Montessori (1870-1952, Italian educator)


Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.


Maria Montessori (1870-1952, Italian educator)


The greatness of the human personality begins at the hour of birth. From this almost mystic affirmation there comes what may seem a strange conclusion: that education must start from birth.


Maria Montessori (1870-1952, Italian educator)


The measure of a man is not the number of his servants, but in the number of people whom he serves.


Paul D. Moody (American doctor)


If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.


Mother Teresa (1910-1997, Albanian-born Roman Catholic missionary)


There is always the danger that we may become only social workers, or just do the work for the sake of the work. It is a danger if we forget to whom we are doing it.


Mother Teresa (1910-1997, Albanian-born Roman Catholic missionary)


We want to create hope for the person.... We must give hope, always hope.


Mother Teresa (1910-1997, Albanian-born Roman Catholic missionary)


One should be of service rather than be conspicuous.




Goodwill to others... helps build you up. It is good for your body. It makes your blood purer, your muscles stronger, and your whole form more symmetrical in shape. It is the real elixir of life.


Prentice Mulford


To give oneself is the only way of becoming oneself.


Earl Nightingale (1921-1989, American radio announcer, author, motivator, speaker)


We will receive not what we idly wish for but what we justly earn. Our rewards will always be in exact proportion to our service.


Earl Nightingale (1921-1989, American radio announcer, author, motivator, speaker)


They serve God well, who serve his creatures.


Caroline Sheridan Norton


I hope all Americans will vigorously participate in their community's efforts to better the lives of their fellow citizens.


Ronald Reagan (1911-2004, American President (40th))


No matter how big and powerful government gets and the many services it provides, it can never take the place of volunteers.


Ronald Reagan (1911-2004, American President (40th))


Along the way of our service to others and community, we learn that a very large side benefit is an enormous sense of personal satisfaction, personal purpose and personal worth.


Brian O'Connell


Through our voluntary organizations and the giving that supports them, ever more Americans worship freely, study quietly, are cared for compassionately, experiment creatively, advocate aggressively and contribute generously. These national traits are constantly beautiful and must remain beautifully constant.


Brian O'Connell


Always serve too much hot fudge sauce on hot fudge sundaes. It makes people overjoyed, and puts them in your debt.


Judith Olney


Once you shape a company to service the marketplace and your services are necessary, the company develops a compulsion of its own to grow.


Elisabeth Claiborne Ortenberg (1929-, American businesswoman, founder of Liz Claiborne)


Where there is no capacity to affirm another as a person in his own right, there is no love. There is only masked fear.


Bonaro Overstreet


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