This is a compilation of thoughts and quotes that I have found or written recently, as well as many that I've collected throughout the years. Most thoughts are posted randomly, as I feel inspired. A listing of quotes can be found alphabetically (check the 2008 and 2009 archives listing), or by source.

Feel free to suggest additions!

“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” – Proverbs 23:7

Monday, January 5, 2009

Service Quotes

1. Don’t go through life with catchers mitts on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back. – Unknown

2. The most acceptable service of God is doing good to man. - Benjamin Franklin

3. Only the hands that give away flowers of their plucking retain the fragrance thereof. - Ancient proverb

4. Down in their hearts, wise men know this truth: the only way to help yourself is to help others. - Elbert Hubbard

5. I slept, and I dreamt that life was joy. I woke, and saw that life was but service. I served, and discovered that service was joy. – Rabindranath Tagore

6. Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant with the weak... because in your life you will have been all of these. - Mac Anderson

7. Give to the world the best you have, and the best will come back to you. - Madeline Bridges

8. Daily unselfish service to others is one of the rudimentary mechanics of the successful life... What a strange paradox this! And yet one needs only to analyze it to be convinced of its truth. - Spencer W. Kimball

9. Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time. - Marion Wright Edelman

10. Real unselfishness consists in sharing the interests of others. - George Santayana

11. It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life, that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

12. The Purpose of Life
If you’ve never made another
Have a happier time in life;
If you’ve never helped a brother
Through his struggle and his strife;

If you’ve never been a comfort
To the weary and the worn–
Will you tell us what you’re here for
In this lovely land of morn?

If you’ve never made the pathway
Of some neighbor glow with sun;
If you’ve never brought a bubble
To some fellow’s heart with fun;

If you’ve never cheered a toiler
That you tried to help along–
Will you tell us what you’re here for
In this lovely land of song?

If you’ve never made a comrade
Feel the world a sweeter place
Because you lived within it,
And had served it with your grace;

If you’ve never heard a woman
Or a little child proclaim
A blessing on your bounty–
You’re a poor hand at the game.


13. The rare individual who unselfishly tries to serve others has an enormous advantage–he has little competition. - Andrew Carnegie

14. Don't spend your precious time asking, "Why isn't the world a better place?" It will only be time wasted. The question to ask is, "How can I make it better?" To that there is an answer. - Leo F. Buscaglia

15. To find real happiness, we must seek for it in a focus outside ourselves. No one has learned the meaning of living until he has surrendered his ego to the service of his fellow man. Service to others is akin to duty-the fulfillment of which brings true joy. We do not live alone-in our city, our nation, or our world. There is no dividing line between our prosperity & our neighbor's wretchedness. 'Love thy neighbor' is more than a divine truth. It is a pattern for perfection. - Thomas S. Monson

16. The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but reveal to them their own. - Benjamin Disraeli

17. To me, success is not something to be measured in power or fortune or fame. I believe a life of service to others is a successful life. - Gerald R. Ford

18. The highest of distinctions is service to others. - George VI

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