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Top 10 Giving Back Quotes

Top 10 Giving Back Quotes

“If you wait until you can do everything for everybody, instead of something for somebody, you’ll end up not doing nothing for nobody.” ~ Malcom Bane

Brainstorming ways to maximize the number of lives you hope to touch or trying to think up ways to increase your range of influence isn’t as important as the actual act of giving and getting started! If you do have big plans that can make a real impact in the lives of many, by all means, pursue them! But don’t let that interfere with the small deeds anybody can do on a daily basis.

Remember, “No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted” (Aesop) “Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” (Buddha) Make what change you are able to make now, and let the ‘giving spirit’ spread like a virus, infinitely touching the lives of people you may never meet, across boundaries you may never cross, in ways you may never imagine. That is the power of giving and your ticket to changing the world.


“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” ~ Albert Einstein


“You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.” ~ Zig Ziglar


“From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.” ~ Arthur Ashe


“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” ~ Muhammad Ali


“The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but reveal to them their own.” ~ Disraeli


“To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


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


“Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.” ~ Anthony Robbins


“At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done. We will be judged by ‘I was hungry and you gave me to eat, I was naked and you clothed me, I was homeless and you took me in.’ Hungry not only for bread — but hungry for love. Naked not only for clothing — but naked for human dignity and respect. Homeless not only for want of a room of bricks — but homeless because of rejection.” ~ Mother Teresa


“Giving is the highest expression of potency. In the very act of giving, I experience my strength, my wealth, my power. This experience of heightened vitality and potency fills me with joy. I experience myself as overflowing, spending, alive, hence as joyous. Giving is more joyous than receiving, not because it is a deprivation, but because in the act of giving lies the expression of my aliveness.” ~ Erich Fromm

16 Responses to Top 10 Giving Back Quotes

  • And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.

  • The #1 quote is out of place and most likely misinterpreted. “In the very act of giving, I experience my strength, my wealth, my power.” I see this as Fromm almost blatantly saying that giving boosts his ego because he sees just how much he is above others. I do not mean to anger anyone, it is just how I see it. If you think me wrong, I would love to have a respectful and mature debate about it.

    • Hi John! An intriguing comment indeed. To be honest, I don’t know much about Fromm’s life or how he was as a person. When I was reading his quote, the idea that really hit home with me was that of giving in order to feel really alive. I guess I interpreted it more along the lines of: the very act of giving means that I am one who is alive and is able to give. Because real joy and happiness is only real when shared and strength, wealth, and power mean nothing when you are alone. Giving creates connection, an overflowing feeling of joy, and a reiteration that you are alive and a part of this life experience. I’d love to continue this conversation…! Anyone else have any thoughts?

  • These are quite an outstanding set of quotes. Thank you so much for sharing such a moving set of quotes!

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