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Helpfulness 2

What do we live for if
not to make life less difficult
for each other?

George Eliot


Studies of volunteers have shown there is a benefit to performing acts of love for other people. The irony is that it is actually in your best interest to be selfless. The things you do for the benefit of others not only make you feel fulfilled, they increase your chances of living a long and happy life.  Remember that an act of love always benefits at least two people.       -Bernie Siegel

We live very close together.  So, our prime purpose in this life is to help others.  And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.        -Dalai Lama
Whoever in trouble and sorrow needs your help, give it to them.  Whoever in anxiety or fear needs your friendship, give it to them.  It isn't important whether they like you.  It isn't important whether you approve of their conduct.  It isn't important what their creed or nationality may be.        -E.N. West
As Aunt Naomi was listing all the things she was going to do to help this person, her friend stopped her in mid-sentence.  "Naomi, girl," she said, "you need to resign as general manager of the universe.  You need to learn that sometimes the best way to help a person is to let them help themselves.  Otherwise, they never learn how.  And they are always going to make their problems your problems."        -Patti LaBelle
To complain that life has no joys while there is a single person whom we can relieve by our bounty, assist by our counsels or enliven by our presence, is to lament the loss of that which we possess, and is just as rational as to die of thirst with the cup in our hands.        -Thomas Fitzosborne

Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm. . . As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands.  One is for helping yourself, the other for helping others.        -Audrey Hepburn
In helping others, we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us.        -Flora Edwards
As to the kindness you mention, I wish I could have been of more service to you than I have been, but if I had, the only thanks that I should desire are that you would always be ready to serve any other person that may need your assistance, and so let good offices go around, for humankind are all of a family. As for my own part, when I am employed in serving others I do not look upon myself as conferring favors but paying debts.        -Benjamin Franklin
You will find, as you look back upon your life, that the moments that stand out are the moments when you have done things for others.       -Henry Drummond
No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else.       -Charles Dickens
Most arts require long study and application; but the most useful of all, that of pleasing, only the desire.       -Lord Chesterfield
Let us make one point. . . that we meet each other with a smile, when it is difficult to smile. . . . Smile at each other, make time for each other in your family.        -Mother Teresa
Helping others, that's the main thing.  The only way for us to help ourselves is to help others and to listen to each other's stories.        -Eli Wiesel
We not only need to be willing to give, but also to be open to receiving from others.        -On Hope
To feel sorry for the needy is not the mark of a Christian--to help them is.       -Frank A. Clark


A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.        -Erin Majors

On his early morning walk along the shore, an old man noticed a young woman picking up starfish and tossing them into the ocean.  As they passed each other, the old man said, "Pardon me, but why are you picking up all those starfish?"  The young woman answered, "Because if I leave them stranded, they'll die in the hot sun."
   "But," the old man said, "this beach is miles long and there must be hundreds of starfish on it.  No matter how many you help, how can it make any difference?"
   The young woman looked down at the starfish in her hands, threw it into the sea, and said:  "It makes a difference to this one."     -Contemporary spiritual story
Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day.       -Sally Koch
If you really want to help, then help others to be more present.  Help others to free themselves from the past.  Help others to take responsibility for themselves.  Help them to see how they are creating their own suffering.  Every now and then, you will encounter innocent ones who are suffering through no fault of their own, particularly animals and children.  Do not hesitate!  Help them.       -Leonard Jacobson
Our worth is determined by the good deeds we do, rather than by the fine emotions we feel.        -Elias L. Magoon
In this world we must help one another.        -Jean de la Fontaine
I've been the person who got into trouble on my own, through my own mistakes, and believe me, some help would have been appreciated at those times.  But I also know that it's very important to learn how to deal with adversity on our own, without someone else bailing us out whenever we get into trouble, so therein lies an interesting dilemma--how do we decide when our help is necessary and when our help is damaging?  Are we going to let someone else founder and lose their faith in people, or are we going to become enablers by pulling them out of their own mess?       -tom walsh
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.       -Anne Frank
It is because one antelope will blow the dust from the other's eye that two antelopes walk together.        -West African Proverb
The race of humankind would perish did they cease to aid each other.  We cannot exist without mutual help.  All therefore that need aid have a right to ask it from their fellow humans; and no one who has the power of granting can refuse it without guilt.        -Walter Scott

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