Serving Others Quotes

Serving Others Quotes by Reggie McNeal, Albert Schweitzer, Eve Ensler, Andre Suares, Tim Tebow, Joanne Woodward and many others.

Among the gifts of serving others, then, is that we ourselves find our place of belonging.
I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.
It seems to me that we spend an inordinate amount of time and attention on fixing ourselves when we could really be directing that out to serving others.
One is called a criminal for being different, and malicious for observing other people with too much clarity and penetration. But what if one began with oneself?
Andre Suares
We have to humble ourselves and the way you do that is by serving other people.
When you give up yourself, that’s when you will feel the true spirit of Christmas. And that’s giving that’s serving others and that’s when you feel Which Christmas is the most vivid to me? It’s always the next Christmas.
The steadily inward look leads us all to death, nations as well as persons, and is equally infantile in them all. Perhaps the most useful thing I have learned in my lifetime is that the process of maturing gradually turns the mind away from the small-self to the greater-self that is only served by serving others.
As a former cop, I respect and appreciate those who’ve dedicated their lives to serving others as well as those who appreciate the rule of law and honor it.
I think that you are serving others when you share pieces of yourself with other people.
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
The means for maintaining perfect love is to accomplish frequent acts of love. Fire is kindled by the wood we cast into it and love is enkindled by acts of love.
Self-justification and judging others go together, as justification by grace and serving others go together.
A world filled with temptations needs priests who are totally dedicated to their mission. Accordingly, they are asked in a very special way to open themselves fully to serving others as Christ did by embracing the gift of celibacy.
Those who believe in the importance of serving others should lead the way by fighting against the temptation we all have, and maybe especially as we age, to close in upon ourselves.
Total openness to serving others is our hallmark, it alone is our title of honour!
If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
True patriots believe that we should measure a citizen‘s worth by contribution to country and community, not by wealth or power-that those whom America has benefited most should contribute in proportion to their good fortune-and that serving others should be esteemed more highly than serving self.
You just need to be a flea against injustice. Enough committed fleas biting strategically can make even the biggest dog uncomfortable and transform even the biggest nation.
The only joy in this hard life is serving others.
Serving others prepares you to lead others.
Everybody can be greatbecause anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.
I feel an important part of beauty is not only what you do on the outside but also what you put into the inside. Good fresh food with many vegetables along with love and caring for others. I spend way more time serving others than I do on my beauty routine daily.
It wasn’t the reward that mattered or the recognition you might harvest. It was your depth of commitment, your quality of service, the product of your devotion – these were the things that counted in life. When you gave purely, the honor in giving, and that was honor enough.
Scott O’Grady
Godly leadership is not about attaining recognition or glory; it’s about serving others.
A lot of people are waiting for Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi to come back – but they are gone. We are it. It is up to us. It is up to you.
I repeat that the poor, the sufferers from leprosy, the rejected, the alcoholics, whom we serve, are beautiful people. Many of them have wonderful personalities. The experience which we have by serving them, we must pass on to people who have not had that wonderful experience.
A man is truly ethical only when he obeys the compulsion to help all life which he is able to assist, and shrinks from injuring anything that lives.
He who wished to secure the good of others, has already secured his own.
If we wish to keep peace with our neighbours, we should never remind any one of his natural defects.
I am never weary of being useful… In serving others I cannot do enough. No labor is sufficient to tire me.
The word in language is half someone else’s… it exists in other people’s mouths, in other people’s contexts, serving other people’s intentions: it is from there that one must take the word, and make it one’s own.
The bread you store up belongs to the hungry; the cloak that lies in your chest belongs to the naked; the gold you have hidden in the ground belongs to the poor.
The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ But… the good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?’
God welcomes genuine service, and that is the service of a soul that offers the bare and simple sacrifice of truth; but from false service, the mere display of material wealth, He turns away.
Never forget that the purpose for which a man lives is the improvement of the man himself, so that he may go out of this world having, in his great sphere or his small one, done some little good for his fellow creatures and labored a little to diminish the sin and sorrow that are in the world.
Stewarding my time is not about selfishly pursuing only the things I like to do. It’s about effectively serving others in the ways I’m best able to serve and in the ways I am most uniquely called to serve.
Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve.
There are many people who can do big things, but there are very few people who will do the small things.
People feel good serving others.
Being on a mission-not thinking about myself and focusing on serving other people-is what brought me closer to God than anything else.
Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.
I demand from you deeds of mercy which are to arise out of love for me. You are to show mercy to your neighbors always and everywhere. You must not shrink from this or try to excuse yourself from it.
Because the Lord hears their cries and feels your deep compassion for them, He has from the beginning of time provided ways for His disciples to help. He has invited His children to consecrate their time, their means, and themselves to join with Him in serving others.
Our greatest individual challenge in life is self-discipline. The self-discipline of a healthy diet, daily exercise, controlling our thoughts, selflessly serving others, and living a life of integrity.
Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.
Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.
You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.
There is as much greatness of mind in acknowledging a good turn, as in doing it.
If we do not lay out ourselves in the service of mankind whom should we serve?
An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.
Why don’t people ask us about our hope? The answer is probably that we look as if we hope in the same things they do. Our lives don’t look like they are on the Calvary road, stripped down for sacrificial love, serving others with the sweet assurance that we don’t need to be rewarded in this life.
Let us use love and compassion. Peace begins with a smile. Smile five times a day at someone you don’t really want to smile at at all. Do it for peace.
Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves.
In order to console a soul in it’s sufferings, point out to it all the good it can still do.
Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.
If leadership is, fundamentally, about serving others, then any one person should be able to move between being a “leader” and a “follower.”
It is to those who have the most need of us that we ought to show our love more especially.
When you surrender completely to God, as the only truth worth having, you find yourself in service of all that exists. It becomes your joy and recreation. You never tire of serving others.
If you want God to hear your prayers, hear the voice of the poor. If you wish God to anticipate your wants, provide those of the needy without waiting for them to ask you. Especially anticipate the needs of those who are ashamed to beg. To make them ask for alms is to make them buy it.
Thomas of Villanova
So long as you can sweeten another‘s pain, life is not in vain.
As long as any one has the means of doing good to his neighbours, and does not do so, he shall be reckoned a stranger to the love of the Lord.
A rich life consists fundamentally of serving others, trying to leave the world a little better than you found it.
The bread which you use is the bread of the hungry; the garment hanging in your wardrobe is the garment of him who is naked; the shoes you do not wear are the shoes of the one who is barefoot; the acts of charity that you do not perform are so many injustices that you commit.
Serving others breaks you free from the shackles of self and self-absorption that choke out the joy of living.
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.
The best antidote I know for worry is work. The best cure for weariness is the challenge of helping someone who is even more tired. One of the great ironies of life is this: He or she who serves almost always benefits more than he or she who is served.
Every reality before your eyes was once imagined in the mind of one person. No matter who judges or knocks your dream, pay no attention to them. Instead, create what you imagine, and you will then be amazed at the Divine creative capacity you do have that will be well remembered for serving others.
If you will think about what you ought to do for other people, your character will take care of itself. Character is a by-product, and any man who devotes himself to its cultivation in his own case will become a selfish prig.
You only need a heart full of grace
It is good to be helpful and kindly, but don’t give yourself to be melted into candle grease for the benefit of the tallow trade.
Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.
If we practice love of neighbor with great perfection, we will have done everything.
If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.
Show me your hands. Do they have scars from giving? Show me your feet. Are they wounded in service? Show me your heart. Have you left a place for divine love?
Religion is to do right. It is to love, it is to serve, it is to think, it is to be humble.
Happiness is not so much in having as sharing. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
Norman MacEwen
To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own.
It’s more blessed to give than to receive – especially kittens.
We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.
Let us not love by words alone, but let us love until it hurts.
The American Dream means giving it your all, trying your hardest, accomplishing something. And then I’d add to that, giving something back. No definition of a successful life can do anything but include serving others.
Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. […] You only need a heart full of grace.
If you are going to do something for the poor, the abused, or the imprisoned, above all be faithful. People with broken lives often come from lives with broken promises.
If you have a sick or lonely person at home, be there. Maybe just to hold a hand, maybe just to give a smile, that is the greatest, the most beautiful work.
We must show charity towards the sick, who are in greater need of help. Let us take them some small gift if they are poor, or, at least let us go and wait on them and comfort them.
May I not come before You with empty hands, since we are rewarded according to our deeds.
Everyone has a responsibility to not only tolerate another person’s point of view, but also to accept it eagerly as a challenge to your own understanding. And express those challenges in terms of serving other people.
I’m doing what I think I was put on this earth to do. And I’m really grateful to have something that I’m passionate about and that I think is profoundly important.
Everyone is my teacher. Some I seek. Some I subconsciously attract. Often I learn simply by observing others. Some may be completely unaware that I’m learning from them, yet I bow deeply in gratitude.
No one has ever become poor by giving.
No one has ever been accused for not providing ornaments, but for those who neglect their neighbour a hell awaits with an inextinguishable fire and torment in the company of the demons. Do not, therefore, adorn the church and ignore your afflicted brother, for he is the most precious temple of all.
Sometimes it is harder for us to smile at those who live with us, the immediate members of our families, than it is to smile at those who are not so close to us. Let us never forget: love begins at home.
Do not shift your focus from serving others to focusing exclusively on school, work, or social activities.
Man’s value before God is estimated by the dispositions of his heart, its uprightness, its good will, its charity, and not by keenness of intellect or extent of knowledge.
We know that service is indispensable for bringing us close to the Savior and letting us feel his Spirit. In nothing do we resemble the Savior more than in serving others. So in nothing should we feel greater love and joy than in service.
Happiness comes from serving others.
No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else.
The most beautiful act of faith is the one made in darkness, in sacrificing, and with extreme effort.
The only way you can serve God is by serving other people.
Too old to plant trees for my own gratification, I shall do it for my posterity.
If you are always trying to do something for a cause bigger than you – connected with serving others – then it is hard to be guilty.
Everyone can be great, because everyone can serve.
Under capitalism everybody provides for their own needs by serving others.
We may be excused for not always being bright, but we are not excused for not being gracious, yielding and considerate.
He who loses an opportunity is like the man who lets a bird fly from his hand, for he will never recover it.
My confidence is placed in God who does not need our help for accomplishing his designs. Our single endeavor should be to give ourselves to the work and to be faithful to him, and not to spoil his work by our shortcomings.
Isaac Jogues
The value of life does not depend upon the place we occupy. It depends upon the way we occupy that place.
If it were given to a man to see virtue‘s reward in the next world, he would occupy his intellect, memory and will in nothing but good works, careless of danger or fatigue.
When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?
The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.
Truly, matters in the world are in a bad state; but if you and I begin in earnest to reform ourselves, a really good beginning will have been made.
It would be considered a theft on our part if we didn’t give to someone in greater need than we are.
Ethical religion can be real only to those who are engaged in ceaseless efforts at moral improvement. By moving upward we acquire faith in an upward movement, without limit.
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
I learned a lot of lessons growing up on my family‘s farm on the Eastern Shore: the dignity of hard work, the importance of planning ahead, and the joy you get from serving others. Not to mention how to collect eggs, shear a sheep, and bail hay by hand.
People have forgotten what the human touch is, what it is to smile, for somebody to smile at them, somebody to recognize them, somebody to wish them well. The terrible thing is to be unwanted.
Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
I think those who choose to find joy in serving others, those who choose to find their voice, to pursue their vocation and to act on their vision oftentimes have to sacrifice much.It’s almost like a crucifixion in terms of the cross you have to bear.
Now the only way you can serve God on earth is by serving others.
I will be kind to everybody, particularly to those whom I find troublesome.
I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher‘s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.
First, there’s the job – where the goal is simply to earn a living and support your family. Then there’s the career – where you trace your progress through various appointments and achievements. Finally, there’s the calling – the ideal blend of activity and character that makes work inseparable from life.
Robert Bella
The true aim of our Christian life consists in the acquisition of the Holy Spirit of God. As for fasts, and vigils, and prayer, and almsgiving, and every good deed done for Christ’s sake, they are only means of acquiring the Holy Spirit of God.
We are all like one-winged angels. It is only when we help each other that we can fly.
I never looked at the masses as my responsibility. I can only love one person at a time. So I began. I picked up one person. Maybe if I didn’t pick up that one person, I wouldn’t have picked up forty-two thousand.
Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’
[I am a co – creator], an active agent in this universe who makes things happen. If I want the world to change, I have to change it.
There is great joy in leading with authority, which is serving others by meeting their legitimate needs.
Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.
We must make our homes centers of compassion and forgive endlessly.