Quotations for Daily Use

Giving, Serving Others

"A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle." Father James Keller, (June 27, 1900 – February 7, 1977), a Roman Catholic priest in the Maryknoll Order

"As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way." Mary Anne Radmacher, author, artist and professional speaker.

"Do for others with no desire of returned favors. We all should plant some trees we'll never sit under."  Unknown

"For this I bless you most: you give much and know not that you give at all." Khalil Gibran, (1883–1931), US writer and artist; born in Lebanon

"God calls you to the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet." Carl Frederick Buechner, (born July 11, 1926) is an American writer and theologian

"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, (1875–1965), German theologian, musician, and medical missionary

"If not me, then who?" Motto of the Travis Manion Foundation

"I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catchers mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back." person age 64

" . . . know the joy, feel the warmth, share the sweetness, and celebrate the gift!" Douglas Pagels (Information needed about Douglas Pagels)

"Life is NOT a plate to be emptied. It's a bowl to be filled. We each need to use our abilities and talents and contribute to the bowl."  Unknown

"Life isn't about getting and having, it's about giving and being." Kevin Kruse, motivational speaker

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?' " Martin Luther King, Jr, (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Baptist minister, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement.

"Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get - only with what you are expecting to give - which is everything." Katherine Hepburn, (May 12, 1907 – June 29, 2003) was an American actress.

"No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave." Calvin Coolidge, (1872–1933), 30th president of the US 1923–29; full name John Calvin Coolidge

"Only a life lived for others is worth living." Albert Einstein, (1879–1955), US theoretical physicist;

"Small tokens of sincere consideration or love carry messages far beyond their size." Karl-Hans Von Fremde

"So plant your own gardens and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers." Jorge Luis Borges, (1899–1986), Argentine poet, short-story writer, and essayist.

"Thank you. Thank you for your service. Thank you for your sacrifice." Visitors comments in the Bethesda Naval Hospital visiting wounded as written about in The Heart and the Fist by Eric Grditens

"The firefly only shines when on the wing. So it is with us - when we stop, we darken." Miss Sadie Baxter telling what Miss Lureen liked to say in At Home in Mitford, a book in the Mitford Series by Jan Karon

"The heart is happiest that beats for others."  Unknown

"The heart of the giver makes the gift dear and precious." Martin Luther, (1483–1546), German theologian; the principal figure of the German Reformation He preached the doctrine of justification by faith rather than by works and railed against the sale of indulgences and papal authority.

"The manner of giving is worth more than the gift." Pierre Corneille, (1606–84), French playwright; regarded as the founder of classical French tragedy

"The real issue in life is not how many blessings we have, but what we do with our blessings. Some people have many blessings and hoard them. Some have few and give everything away." Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers) - Fred McFeely Rogers (March 20, 1928 – February 27, 2003) was an American television personality, musician, puppeteer, writer, producer, and Presbyterian minister. He was known as the creator, composer, producer, head writer, showrunner, and host of the preschool television series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968–2001). The program was marked by its slow pace and its host's calm manner.

"The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve." Albert Schweitzer, (1875–1965), German theologian, musician, and medical missionary

"The smallest good deed is worth more than the most grandiose intention, so if you want to help yourself, help others. Not only will it make you feel better, being around other people who are giving of themselves keeps you connected to a larger cause." (On the Right Note, December '08 - February '09)

"There is a destiny that makes us brothers:
None goes his way alone;
All that we send into the lives of others
Comes back into our own."

Edward Markham (1852 - 1940), American Poet

"Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend." Diogenes, ( c.400– c.325 bc ), Greek philosopher

"To get more out of life, give more of yourself."  Unknown

"We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from it." William Osler, July 12, 1849 – December 29, 1919) was a Canadian physician and one of the four founding professors of Johns Hopkins Hospital

"We do not forget that you expended much time and gave yourself much trouble in order to be of assistance to us and that you rejoiced with us in our successes and grieved with us in our troubles. These were not things to compensate for with money, but we cherish them forever in our hearts." Wilbur Wright; The Wright brothers, Orville (August 19, 1871 – January 30, 1948) and Wilbur (April 16, 1867 – May 30, 1912), were two American brothers, inventors, and aviation pioneers who are generally credited with inventing, building, and flying the world's first successful airplane.

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." Winston Churchill, (1874–1965), British statesman; prime minister 1940–45 and 1951–55

"What the heart gives away is never gone. It is kept in the hearts of others." Robin St. John

"What you give you get, ten times over." Yoruba Proverb (The Yoruba people are an ethnic group of Southwestern and North central Nigeria as well as Southern and Central Benin in West Africa. The Yorùbá constitute over 40 million people in total.

"When I give, I give myself." Walt Whitman, May 31, 1819 – March 26, 1892) was an American poet, essayist and journalist.

"When you give, not only do you make others feel good . . . but you feel better about yourself."  Unknown

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