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50 Motivational Quotes about Humanity and Service from Inspiring Humanitarians | The Power of Compassion

In a world teetering on the brink of apathy, the magic of service and empathy often gets shrouded in a cloud of indifference. But there are those who defy this indifference, embodying the essence of altruism. Yes, we are talking about humanitarians. Their thoughts and words often serve as lighthouses in a storm, guiding others towards the path of service and compassion. And this is where we bring to you a collection of 50 motivational quotes about humanity and service from humanitarians that can spark a change, light a fire, and inspire a revolution of kindness and benevolence within each of us.


Here is a compilation of the first 25 quotes that have inspired countless individuals to embrace humanity and service.

50 Motivational Quotes about Humanity and Service from Inspiring Humanitarians

Number Quote Author
1 “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” Muhammad Ali
2 “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
3 “Humanity’s greatest advances are not in its discoveries, but in how those discoveries are applied to reduce inequity.” Bill Gates
4 “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Mahatma Gandhi
5 “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill
6 “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'” Martin Luther King Jr.
7 “Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.” H. Jackson Brown Jr.
8 “Our human compassion binds us the one to the other – not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.” Nelson Mandela
9 “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” John Bunyan
10 “As one person I cannot change the world, but I can change the world of one person.” Paul Shane Spear
11 “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” Mother Teresa
12 “The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.” Mahatma Gandhi
13 “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.” Martin Luther King Jr.
14 “No one has ever become poor by giving.” Anne Frank
15 “You really can change the world if you care enough.” Marian Wright Edelman
16 “If our hopes of building a better and safer world are to become more than wishful thinking, we will need the engagement of volunteers more than ever.” Kofi Annan
17 “My piece of bread only belongs to me when I know that everyone else has a share, and that no one starves while I eat.” Leo Tolstoy
18 “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” William James
19 “Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” Desmond Tutu
20 “If I am not for others, what am I? And if not now, when?” Rabbi Hillel
21 “Give your hands to serve and your hearts to love.” Mother Teresa
22 “We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.” Ronald Reagan
23 “To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” Eleanor Roosevelt
24 “A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” Steve Maraboli
25 “To give away money is an easy matter and in any man’s power. But to decide to whom to give it and how large and when, and for what purpose and how, is neither in every man’s power nor an easy matter.” Aristotle

Every quote in this collection whispers the symphony of benevolence and service. These motivational quotes about humanity and service from humanitarians not only inspire but also invite us to step into the arena of compassion and service. It’s a call to not only dream of a better world but to take action, to be the change we wish to see. To emphasize, it’s about recognizing the inherent dignity of every individual and taking a step to uplift, empower, and serve.

50 Motivational Quotes about Humanity and Service


Continuing our list of motivational quotes:

Number Quote Author
26 “Humanitarianism consists in never sacrificing a human being to a purpose.” Albert Schweitzer
27 “We are all here on earth to help others; what on earth the others are here for I don’t know.” W. H. Auden
28 “In serving the best interests of children, we serve the best interests of all humanity.” Carol Bellamy
29 “Service is the very purpose of life. It is the rent we pay for living on the planet.” Marian Wright Edelman
30 “The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive.” Albert Einstein
31 “Being good is commendable, but only when it is combined with doing good is it useful.” Unknown
32 “The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.” Albert Schweitzer
33 “I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything; but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.” Edward Everett Hale
34 “There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” John Holmes
35 “Helping one person might not change the world, but it could change the world for one person.” Unknown
36 “I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” Rabindranath Tagore
37 “I wondered why somebody didn’t do something. Then I realized, I am somebody.” Unknown
38 “Don’t be dismayed by good-byes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.” Richard Bach
39 “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” Nelson Mandela
40 “Service to a just cause rewards the worker with more real happiness and satisfaction than any other venture of life.” Carrie Chapman Catt
41 “Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.” Edmund Burke
42 “Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others.” St. Augustine
43 “What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.” Albert Pike
44 “Every good act is charity. A man’s true wealth hereafter is the good that he does in this world to his fellows.” Molière
45 “One is not born into the world to do everything but to do something.” Henry David Thoreau
46 “What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” Jane Goodall
47 “Give, but give until it hurts.” Mother Teresa
48 “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 have sought and found how to serve.” Albert Schweitzer
49 “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.” Martin Luther King Jr.
50 “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” Mother Teresa

This collection of motivational quotes about humanity and service from humanitarians is a testament to the unquenchable spirit of compassion within us all. It’s a call to action, to not just read these quotes but let them sink deep within our hearts, influence our actions, and inspire us to make a difference. One voice, one action, one person at a time, let’s change the world together with kindness, empathy, and service.

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