51 Inspiring Quotes About Volunteering and Giving Back

“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands — one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” — Audrey Hepburn.

If you’d have asked me about volunteering a couple of years back, I would have given you a generic reaction – something similar to how every second person you ask about volunteering would reply!

For me, volunteering meant giving back to society in a meaningful manner, but it was only when I volunteered, I understood that it has got something more attached to it. And the lessons that you will learn would help you throughout your life.

And you know what’s the best thing about volunteering? – It’s like a double-sided coin that creates a ‘win-win’ situation for the giver and the receiver.

Volunteering isn’t just about giving back selflessly, rather it’s about being empathetic towards others, feeling a sense of compassion where we can be grateful for all that we have, and take a step to share it with others who aren’t as lucky as us.

There is something truly special about being able to contribute to the greater good.

Your experience will change you as a person, make you happier and a more confident human being.

It’ll immensely boost your career and who knows, you might just end up inspiring others to follow the path of volunteering.

Here I am sharing my best quotes about volunteering and giving back:

1) “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.” — Muhammad Ali

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2) “Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless.” – Sherry Anderson

3) “Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.” ― H. Jackson Brown Jr.

4) “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” — Mahatma Gandhi

5) “The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” – Oscar Wilde

6) “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

7) “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands — one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” — Audrey Hepburn

8) “Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another.” – Erma Bombeck

9) “You may not have saved a lot of money in your life, but if you have saved a lot of heartaches for other folks, you are a pretty rich man.” – Seth Parker

10) “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

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11) “Our generation has the ability and the responsibility to make our ever-more connected world a more hopeful, stable and peaceful place.” — Natalie Portman

12) “The purpose of life is not to be happy, but to matter– to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you have lived at all.” – Leo Rosten

13) “If you want to touch the past, touch a rock. If you want to touch the present, touch a flower. If you want to touch the future, touch a life.” – Author Unknown

14) “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” — William Shakespeare

15) “The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.” — Helen Keller

16) “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.” – Elizabeth Andrew

17) “No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another.” – Author Unknown

18) “The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.” – John E. Southard

19) “It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference. ” – Tom Brokaw

20) “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” – William James

21) “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” — Winston Churchill

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22) “If you become a helper of hearts, springs of wisdom will flow from your heart.” – Rumi

23) “Volunteers are love in motion!” – Author Unknown

24) “The broadest, and maybe the most meaningful definition of volunteering: Doing more than you have to because you want to, in a cause you consider good. ” – Ivan Scheier

25) “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” –Anne Frank

26) “Being good is commendable, but only when it is combined with doing good is it useful.” – Author Unknown

27) “Help one another. There’s no time like the present, and no present like the time.” – James Durst

28) “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – Dr. Seuss

29) “I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.” – Mother Teresa

30) “You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” – Kahlil Gibran

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31) “One can pay back the loan of gold, but one dies forever in debt to those who are kind.” – Malayan Proverb

32) “At the end of the day it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished… it’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.” – Denzel Washington

33) “Even if you just change one life, you’ve changed the world forever.” – Mike Satterfield

34) “While earning your daily bread, be sure you share a slice with those less fortunate.” –Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

35) “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.” – Edward Everett Hale

36) “Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” – Author Unknown

37) “Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.” – James Matthew Barrie

38) “The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground green.” – Thomas Carlyle

39) “It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.” – Author Unknown

40) “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

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41) “Even if it’s a little thing, do something for those who have need of a man’s help– something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it. For, remember, you don’t live in a world all your own. Your brothers are here, too.” – Albert Schweitzer

42) “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.” – Maya Angelou

43) “Kindness, like a boomerang, always returns.” – Author Unknown

44) “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” – Leo Buscaglia

45) “The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” –Nelson Henderson

46) “Not only must we be good, but we must also be good for something.” – Henry David Thoreau

47) “We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.” – Herman Melville

48) “If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito.” – Betty Reese

49) “Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.” – Seneca

50) “Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

51) “Be the change you want to see.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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I hope you like those quotes, if you have more volunteering quotes to be added in the post, let us know in the comment section below.

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