Quotes - Community Service

The time is always right to do what is right.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world:  indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead

It takes a village to raise a child.

African Proverb

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.

Mohammed Ali

If there be any truer measure of a man than by what he does, it must be by what he gives.

Robert South

From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.

Arthur Ashe

If I am not for myself, who will be?
If I am only for myself, who am I?
And if not now, when?


I have a great belief in the future of my people and my country.

Marian Anderson, 1960

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

Edmund Burke

Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.

Albert Einstein

I have an irrepressible desire to live till I can be assured that the world is a little better for my having lived in it.

Abraham Lincoln

I am overwhelmed by the grace and persistence of my people.

Maya Angelou

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.

Stephan Grellet

We are each other's harvest; we are each other's business; we are each other's magnitude and bond.

Gwendolyn Brooks

Snowflakes, leaves, humans, plants, raindrops, stars, molecules, microscopic entities all come in communities. The singular cannot in reality exist.

Paula Gunn Allen

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.  This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

 One man with courage makes a majority.

Andrew Jackson

True worth is in being, not seeming —
In doing, each day that goes by,
Some little good —

Alice Cary

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

Mahatma Gandhi

I would like to be known as a person who is concerned about freedom and equality and justice and prosperity for all people.

Rosa Parks

If you don't like the way the world is, you change it.  You have an obligation to change it.  You just do it one step at a time.

Marion Wright Edelman

You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.

Jane Goodall

The only tyrant I accept is the still voice within.

Mahatma Gandhi

Be not simply good; be good for something.

Henry David Thoreau

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