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My Favourite Volunteer Quotes

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I decided today to share some of my favourite volunteer quotes and why I love them. From Seneca to Audrey Hepburn, from Malala Yousafzai to Muhammad Ali, here is wisdom distilled into a few lines. I hope you find them as insightful as I do.

I was reading some volunteer quotes today and came across one that I hadn’t heard before: “Without volunteers, we’d be a nation without a soul.” Rosalyn Carter. Quotes about volunteers and giving make me happy. I decided today that I would share with you my ten favourites.

“Brave leaders are never silent around hard things.” Brene Brown

As leaders of volunteers, we often come across things that are hard to talk about. It’s too easy to let things slide and hope they get better on their own. They rarely do. Use Brene’s advice and speak up, no matter how uncomfortable it is.

“Volunteerism is the voice of the people in action.” Helen Dyer

How true this is. When people really care about something, they will act. Politicians should pay attention to this. It’s a great way of judging the priorities of a community.

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

This is something that all committed volunteers know. There is an incredible joy to be found in helping others.

“Anyone, anywhere, can make a positive difference.” Mark Sanborn

Too often we think that we need to join an organization or become part of a movement to make a difference in the world. Not true. All you need to do is to act on the opportunities that are all around us.

“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.” Malala Yousafzai

Oftentimes people won’t act because they feel that the problem is too big for one person to tackle. Take inspiration from Malala.

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

What makes this one of my favourite volunteer quotes is that Audrey gives equal weight to helping ourselves. We can’t care for others unless we care for ourselves, too.

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

The wisdom of the ancients. You don’t need to go looking for people who are obviously in need. There are many people who could use your help in some way, even if they don’t specifically ask for it.

“We are here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark.” Whoopi Goldberg

I love this one, not only for its wisdom, but also for the beautiful visual image it evokes.

“When we can’t see clearly for ourselves, we need others to speak greatness over us. People don’t need you to tell them what’s wrong with their lives; they already know. They need you to reassure them that they can still make it right.” Brianna Wiest

Our role as volunteers, and leaders of volunteers, isn’t to fix things for others. It’s to show them that, no matter what they’re going through, they can fix it themselves, and to support them while they do it.

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

Human society developed to care for one another. It’s why we gain such satisfaction and joy from helping. Without the willingness to lift others up, society would collapse.

Quotes are tiny pieces of knowledge that, like seeds in fertile ground, sink into our minds and develop into wisdom. These volunteer quotes are some of the best “seeds” that there are. I hope you enjoy them!

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