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





What we remember from childhood we remember forever-permanent ghosts, stamped, imprinted, eternally seen.


Cynthia Ozick (1928-, American novelist, short-story writer)


I don't believe civilization can do a lot more than educate a person's senses.


Grace Paley (1922-, American short story writer)


I was a fantastic student until ten, and then my mind began to wander.


Grace Paley (1922-, American short story writer)


To survive, men and business and corporations must serve.


John H. Patterson (American businessman, founder of National Cash Register)


Always do more than is required of you.


George S. Patton (1885-1945, American army general during World War II)


Find a need and fill it.


Ruth Stafford Peale


The public must and will be served.


William Penn (1644-1718, British religious leader, founder of Pennsylvania)


He who endeavors to serve, to benefit, and improve the world, is like a swimmer, who struggles against a rapid current, in a river lashed into angry waves by the wind. Often they roar over his head, often they beat him back and baffle him. Most men yield to the stress of the current. Only here and there the stout, strong heart and vigorous arms struggle on towards ultimate success.


Albert Pike (1809-1891, American lawyer, Masonic author, historian)


I wish that every child could have growing space because I think children are a little like plants. If they grow too close together, they become thin and sickly and never obtain maximum growth. We need room to grow.


Peace Pilgrim (1908-1981, American peace activist)


If you feed a man a meal, you only feed him for a day -- but if you teach a man to grow food, you feed him for a lifetime.


Peace Pilgrim (1908-1981, American peace activist)


A good education is another name for happiness.


Ann Plato


A good education is that which prepares us for our future sphere of action and makes us contented with that situation in life in which God, in his infinite mercy, has seen fit to place us, to be perfectly resigned to our lot in life, whatever it may be.


Ann Plato


Oh! may each youthful bosom, catch the sacred fire.


Ann Plato


To remove ignorance is an important branch of benevolence.


Ann Plato


Anything done for another is done for oneself.


Pope Boniface VIII


There are four things a child needs: plenty of love, nourishing food, regular sleep, and lots of soap and water.


Ivy Baker Priest


Everyone needs to be valued. Everyone has the potential to give something back.


Princess Diana (1961-1997, British Princess)


Helping people in need is a good and essential part of my life, a kind of destiny.


Princess Diana (1961-1997, British Princess)


I am all about caring. I have always been like that.


Princess Diana (1961-1997, British Princess)


I love meeting people and helping them.


Princess Diana (1961-1997, British Princess)


I want to walk into a room, be it a hospital for the dying or a hospital for the sick children, and feel that I am needed. I want to do, not just to be.


Princess Diana (1961-1997, British Princess)


A willing helper does not wait until he is asked.


Danish Proverb (Sayings of Danish origin)


Unwilling service earns no thanks.


Danish Proverb (Sayings of Danish origin)


God likes help when helping people.


Irish Proverb (Sayings of Irish origin)


A favor to come is better than a hundred received.


Italian Proverb (Sayings of Italian origin)


Do good and care not to whom.


Italian Proverb (Sayings of Italian origin)


The comforter's head never aches.


Italian Proverb (Sayings of Italian origin)


If he works for you, you work for him.


Japanese Proverb (Sayings of Japanese origin)


The man who gives little with a smile gives more than the man who gives much with a frown.


Jewish Proverb (Sayings of Jewish origin)


Do good and ask not for whom.


Yiddish Proverb (Sayings of Yiddish origin)


We want to create an atmosphere in which creation is possible.


Marie Rambert


Just as a flower gives out its fragrance to whomsoever approaches or uses it, so love from within us radiates towards everybody and manifests as spontaneous service.


Swami Ramdas


Examine the personality of the mother, who is the medium through which the primitive infant transforms herself into a socialized human being.


Beata Rank


We owe it to the unfortunate to be aware of their plight and to help them in every way we can.


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


If we all tried to make other people's paths easy, our own feet would have a smooth even place to walk on.


Myrtle Reed


The most notable fact that culture imprints on women is the sense of our limits. The most important thing one woman can do for another is to illuminate and expand her sense of actual possibilities.


Adrienne Rich (1929-, American poet)


Teaching was the hardest work I had ever done, and it remains the hardest work I have done to date.


Ann Richards (1933-, American politician)


There ain't nothing but one thing wrong with every one of us, and that's selfishness.


Will Rogers (1879-1935, American humorist, actor)


Service to many leads to greatness -- great respect, great satisfaction. Success is not having to wait until someone goes to Hong Kong before you get a camera.


Jim Rohn (American businessman, author, speaker, philosopher)

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Whoever renders service to many puts himself in line for greatness -- great wealth, great return, great satisfaction, great reputation, and great joy.


Jim Rohn (American businessman, author, speaker, philosopher)

Author's website:


If I were asked what is the best thing one can expect in life, I would say the privilege of being useful.


Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962, American First Lady, columnist, lecturer, humanitarian)


To be permanently effective, aid must always take the form of helping a man to help himself.


Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919,  American President (26th))


As soon as public service ceases to be the chief business of the citizens, and they would rather serve with their money than with their persons, the State is not far from its fall.


Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778, Swiss political philosopher, educationist, essayist)


When their children flourish, almost all mothers have a sense of well-being.


Sara Ruddick


We deceive ourselves when we fancy that only weakness needs support. Strength needs it far more.


Anne Sophie Swetchine (1782-1857, Russian author)


Let every dawn of the morning be to you as the beginning of life. And let every setting of the sun be to you as its close. Then let everyone of these short lives leave its sure record of some kindly thing done for others; some good strength of knowledge gained for yourself.


John Ruskin (1819-1900, British critic, social theorist)


Don't forget that compared to a grownup person every baby is a genius. Think of the capacity to learn! The freshness, the temperament, the will of a baby a few months old!


May Sarton (1912-1995, American poet, novelist)


Compassion is the basis of all morality.


Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860, German philosopher)


My heart is ever at your service.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


My purse, my person, my extremist means, lie all unlocked to your occasion.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


We bear the world and we make it.... There was never a great man who had not a great mother -- it is hardly an exaggeration.


Olive Schreiner


Together, we can be twice as effective, twice as efficient, and twice as persuasive in helping solve this nation's serious social problems through community service.


Richard F. Schubert


Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light.


Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965, German born medical missionary, theologian, musician, and philosopher)


There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed."


Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965, German born medical missionary, theologian, musician, and philosopher)


You don't live in a world all your own. Your brothers are here, too.


Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965, German born medical missionary, theologian, musician, and philosopher)


It's a rare thing, graciousness. The shape of it can be acquired, but not, I think, the substance.


Gertrude Schweitzer


No matter how old a mother is, she watches her middle-aged children for signs of improvement.


Florida Scott-Maxwell


If you want to live a long life, focus on making contributions.


Hans Selye (1907-1982, Canadian physician born in Austria, research on stress)


He that does good to another does good also to himself.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


What madness it is for a man to starve himself to enrich his heir, and so turn a friend into an enemy! For his joy at your death will be proportioned to what you leave him.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


You must live for another if you wish to live for yourself.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


hen you rise in the morning, form a resolution to make the day a happy one for a fellow creature.


Sydney Smith (1771-1845, British writer, clergyman)


To me education is a leading out of what is already there in the pupil's soul.


Muriel Spark (1918-, British novelist)


First, teach a person to develop to the point of his limitations and then -- pfft!-- break the limitations.


Viola Spolin (1911-, American theatrical director, producer)


Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others.


St. Augustine (354-430, Numidian-born bishop of Hippo, theologian)


A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.


St. Basil (329-379, Bishop of Caesarea)


Preferring to store her money in the stomachs of the needy rather than hide it in a purse.


St. Jerome (c.342-420, Croatian Christian ascetic, scholar)


Sow good services: sweet remembrances will grow from them.


Anne Germain De Stael (1766-1817, French-Swiss novelist)


To throw obstacles in the way of a complete education is like putting out the eyes.


Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902, American social reformer and women's suffrage leader)


Zeal for the public good is the characteristic of a man of honor and a gentleman, and must take the place of pleasures, profits and all other private gratification.


Sir Richard Steele (1672-1729, British dramatist, essayist, editor)


Goodwill... is an immeasurable and tremendous energy, the atomic energy of the spirit.


Eleanor B. Stock


Let our children grow tall, and some taller than others if they have it in them to do so.


Margaret Thatcher (1925-, British Prime Minister (1979-90))


We came here to serve not be served.


Author Unknown


I know of no great man except those who have rendered great services to the human race.


Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire (1694-1778, French historian, writer)


Fill the cup of happiness for others, and there will be enough overflowing to fill yours to the brim.


Rose Pastor Stokes


There are times when sympathy is as necessary as the air we breathe.


Rose Pastor Stokes


The general who advances without coveting fame and retreats without fearing disgrace, whose only thought is to protect his country and do good service for his sovereign, is the jewel of the kingdom.


Sun Tzu (c 400-430 BC, Chinese military strategist, author of "Art of War")


He who lives only for himself is truly dead to others.


Publilius Syrus (85 BC- 43BC, Roman writer)


And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)


Every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Proverbs 19:6


Feed the flock of God; care for it willingly, not grudgingly; not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve the Lord.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Peter 5:2


For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in the.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Ephesians 2:10


He hath made His wonderful works to be remembered: The Lord is gracious and full of compassion.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Psalms 111:4


He that despiseth his neighbor sinneth; but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Proverbs 14:21


The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Matthew 20:28


This one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark!


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Philippians 3:13


Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in the land.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Deuteronomy 15:11


Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love.


St. Theresa of Lisieux (1873-1897, French saint)


May he who is highest serve best.


Robert Thibodeau


Success has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It's what you do for others.


Danny Thomas


We must take root, send out some little fibre at least, even every winter day.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity.


Leo Todstoy


Joy can be real only if people look on their life as a service, and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness.


Count Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910, Russian novelist, philosopher)


The simplest and shortest ethical precept is to be served as little as possible and to serve others as much as possible.


Count Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910, Russian novelist, philosopher)


Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, "What's in it for me?"


Brian Tracy (1944-, Canadian-born American trainer, speaker, author, businessman)

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One of the difficulties with all our institutions is the fact that we've emphasized the reward instead of the service.


Harry S. Truman (1884-1972, American President (33rd))


Let every man of whatsoever craft or occupation he be of... serve his brethren.


William Tyndale


A little help is worth a great deal of pity.


Author Unknown


Be alert to give service -- what counts most in life is what we do for others.


Author Unknown


Contributing to a meaningful cause does not slow down life's pace, but it does make it more tolerable.


Author Unknown


Do something for somebody, gladly, twill sweeten your every care; In sharing the sorrow of others Your own are less hard to bear. Do something for somebody always, whatever may be your creed. There's nothing on earth can help you so much as a kindly deed.


Author Unknown


I'm not quite sure what the greatest achievement in a lifetime may be, but I am sure up there at the top of the list somewhere is to give pleasure to others.


Author Unknown


It is when we forget ourselves that we do things which will be remembered.


Author Unknown


Make sure somebody needs you.


Author Unknown


Never stop serving your customers. They'll love you for it.


Author Unknown


Promise only what you can deliver. Then deliver more than you promise.


Author Unknown


Somebody did a golden deed; Somebody proved a friend in need; Somebody sang a beautiful song; Somebody smiled the whole day long; Somebody thought, 'Tis sweet to live; Somebody said, I'm glad to give; Somebody fought a valiant fight; Somebody lived to shield the right; Was that somebody you?


Author Unknown


Teach me to do the best I can To help and cheer my fellowman; Teach me to lose my selfish need, And glory in the larger deed, Which smothers the road and lights the day, For all who chance to come my way.


Author Unknown


The foundation stone of the whole scheme is service. Service to the people, a service that will lighten, brighten, and make more profitable the lives of the majority who do the necessary work of the world.


Author Unknown


You cannot create genius. All you can do is nurture it.


Ninette De Valois


The more a man takes the needs of others on his own heart, the more he must take his own heart to God.


Author Unknown


The reward, the real grace of service is the opportunity not only to relieve suffering but to grow in wisdom, experience greater unity, and have a good time while doing it.


Author Unknown


The road to daily happiness is not hard to find, it's what we do for others that brings us peace of mind.


Author Unknown


There are at least four things you can do with your hands. You can wring them in despair; you can fold them in idleness; you can clench them in anger; or you can use them to help someone.


Author Unknown


There is no success or happiness without service.


Author Unknown


Those who see the needs of the world -- the helpless children, the hungry children, the unclothed children, the unhealed children, the uneducated children, the unloved children of every age -- these will find God.


Author Unknown


Try and forget our cares and sickness, and contribute as we can to the happiness of each other.


Author Unknown


We're put on this earth not to see through each other but to see each other through.


Author Unknown


We're put on this earth not to see through each other but to see each other through.


Author Unknown


When you dig another out of their troubles, you find a place to bury your own.


Author Unknown


You cannot always have happiness, but you can always give happiness.


Author Unknown


To help all created things, that is the measure of our responsibility; to be helped by all, that is the measure of our hope.


Gerald Vann


Generosity gives assistance, rather than advice.


Marquis De Vauvenargues (1715-1747, French moralist)


Obedience to our Heavenly Father starts with our loving service to a needy brother.


William A. Ward


No other job in the world could possibly dispossess one so completely as this job of teaching.You could stand all day in a laundry, for instance, still in possession of your mind. But this teaching utterly obliterates you. It cuts right into your being: essentially, it takes over your spirit.


Sylvia Ashton Warner


The truth is that I am enslaved ... in one vast love affair with seventy children.


Sylvia Ashton Warner


When I teach people, I marry them.


Sylvia Ashton Warner


If you wish to be a leader you will be frustrated, for very few people wish to be led. If you aim to be a servant you will never be frustrated.


Frank F. Warren


If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.


Booker T. Washington (1856-1915, American black leader and educator)


What you teach your own children is what you really believe in.


Cathy Warner Weatherford


What a man does for others, not what they do for him, gives him immortality.


Daniel Webster (1782-1852, American lawyer, statesman)


I did not want simply to live or simply to live happily or well; I wanted to serve and do and make with some nobility.


H.G. Wells (1866-1946, British-born American author)


Teaching is the royal road to learning.


Jessamyn West (1903-1984, American author)


Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.


Mae West (1892-1980, American actress)


What we can do for another is the test of powers. What we can suffer for is the test of love.


Bishop Westcott


A man is called selfish not for pursuing his own good, but for neglecting his neighbor's.


Richard Whately (1787-1863, British prelate, writer)


Teaching was the best way to learn.


Edna Gardner Whyte


Every day use your magic to be of service to others.


Marcia Wieder (American speaker, trainer, author)


The sweetness of life lies in usefulness, like honey deep in the heart of a clover bloom.


Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957, American author, "Little House On The Prairie")


Nothing liberates our greatness like the desire to help, the desire to serve.


Marianne Williamson (1952-, American author, lecturer on spirituality)


You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.


Woodrow T. Wilson (1856-1924, American President (28th))


Every single one of us has the power for greatness, because greatness is determined by service to yourself and to others.


Oprah Winfrey (1954-, American TV personality, producer, actress, author)


I think education is power. I think that being able to communicate with people is power. One of my main goals on the planet is to encourage people to empower themselves.


Oprah Winfrey (1954-, American TV personality, producer, actress, author)


No one has learned the meaning of life until he has surrendered his ego to the service of his fellow men.


Beran W. Wolfe


My dad has always taught me these words: care and share. That's why we put on clinics. The only thing I can do is try to give back. If it works, it works.


Tiger Woods (1975-, American golfer)


Small service is true service, while it lasts.


William Wordsworth (1770-1850, British poet)


When you learn to live for others, they will live for you.


Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952, Indian spiritual author, lecturer)


To leave a sting within a brother's heart.


Edward Young (1683-1765, British poet, dramatist)


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