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Share your favorite quotes about volunteers and volunteering so that others can add a spark to their presentations!  Also look at the other categories of "Quotables":  poems, humor, songs, stories, and parables.

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Some get and forget. Some give and forgive.

--Marquis on a street corner        

Help one another; there's no time like the present and no present like the time.

--James Durst, poet/songwriter/troubadour        

Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day.

--Sally Koch        

If every American donated five hours a week, it would equal the labor of twenty million full-time volunteers.

--Whoopi Goldberg        

Each one of us should lead a life stirring enough to start a movement.

--Max Lucado, in On the Anvil        

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.


There is only one thing worse than training your volunteers and having them leave - and that's not training them, and having them stay.


There are two kinds of gratitude: The sudden kind we feel for what we receive, and the larger kind we feel for what we give.

--Edward Arlington Robinson        

Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received - only what you have given: a full heart, enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage. 

--St. Francis of Assisi        

Unless your department has a budget infinitely greater than most, you will not get rich being a volunteer director/coordinator, but your life will be indescribably enriched by the people you meet and work with. A wise lady once told me that when you find your ideal job, you will do it for less than they pay you and when you find your calling you will do it for free. This is my ideal job. I hope you find yours.

--Martin Tichenor, Volunteer Director for a medium security prison in Missouri, written to a newly "appointed" volunteer coordinator        

How wonderful that no one need wait a single moment to improve the world

--Anne Frank        

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. 


I have the audacity to believe that people everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits. I believe that what self-centered people have torn down, other-centered people can build up.

--Martin Luther King        

I have an almost complete disregard of precedent, and a faith in the possibility of something better. It irritates me to be told how things have always been done. I defy the tyranny of precedent. I go for anything new that might improve the past.

--Clara Barton        

Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.


It's good to be blessed. It's better to be a blessing.


Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: if you are alive, it isn't.

--Richard Bach        

There are only two rules to change: One is to begin; the second is to continue.


There are three kinds of people: Those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who say, 'what happened?'

--Casey Stengel        

You have to become involved to make an impact. No one is impressed with the won/loss record of the referee.

--John Holcomb        

Whatever you do may seem insignificant, but it is most important that you do it.


As many arrows, loosed several ways, come to one mark...so many a thousand actions, once afoot, end in one purpose.

--William Shakespeare Henry V, Act I, Sc.2        

Past the beggar and the suffering walks he who asks, 'Why, oh God, do you not do something for these people?' To which God replied, 'I did do something, I made you.'

--Sufi saying        

You've got to think about 'big things' while you're doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction. 

--Alvin Toffler        

The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.

--Albert Einstein        

You can't leave footprints in the sands of time while sitting down. 

--Nelson Rockefeller        

Be the change that you wish to see in the world


If your heart is full, it shouldn't matter if your pockets are empty.

--Karen Dawson, Volunteer at Clay Elementary School Clay, WV        

The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other people.


A man never stands as tall as when he kneels to help a child.

--Knights of Pythogoras         

The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision.

--Helen Keller        

To keep a lamp burning we have to keep putting oil in it. 

--Mother Teresa        

Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression. 

--Dodie Smith        

You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do. 

--Henry Ford        

Don't wait for the last judgement - it takes place every day. 

--Albert Camus         

Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers. 

--Mignon McLaughlin         

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumps, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory or defeat.

--Theodore Roosevelt        

It is better to shoot for the moon and miss, than shoot for nothing and hit it.

--Reverend Eloise Page, Casadaga, Florida        

Good ideas remain ideas - unless we act upon them.


Some people see things as they are and say 'why', I look at things that never were and say 'why not'.

--Robert F. Kennedy        

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.


The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others.


Destiny is not necessarily what we get out of life, but rather, what we give.

--Cary Grant        

One of the things I keep learning is that the secret of being happy is doing things for other people. 

--Dick Gregory        

A civilization flourishes when people plant trees under which they will never sit.

--Greek Proverb         

We are all like one-winged angels. It is only when we help each other that we can fly.

--Luciano de Crescenzo        

Volunteerism is the voice of the people put into action. These actions shape and mold the present into a future of which we can all be proud.


Life is never so busy that there is no time to serve.


I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.

--Albert Schweitzer        

He who does nothing for others does nothing for himself