Quotes for
the Journey:



Service is the rent we pay
for our place on earth.

Shirley Chisholm


It is not the style of clothes one wears, neither the kind of automobile one drives, nor the amount of money one has in the bank, that counts.  These mean nothing.  It is simply service that measures success.        -George Washington Carver


The motive, if you are to find inner peace, must be an outgoing motive.  Service, of course--service.  Giving, not getting.  Your motive must be good if your work is to have good effect.  The secret of life is being of service.       -Peace Pilgrim

Always try to serve others.  Don't even call it helping, call it service because you are benefited by that.  If someone begs from you and you give them something, you shouldn't think you are helping them.  Instead, he or she is helping you.

One of the great underlying principles governing our life is service.  Most of us have to work, but do we serve?  Do we work in a spirit of service?  Do we work for Life and our fellows?  Or do we merely work for self, in order to make a living?       -Henry T. Hamblin

Often we can help each other most by leaving each other alone; at other times we need the hand-grasp and the word of cheer.       -Elbert Hubbard
The value of all service lies in the spirit in which you serve and not in the importance or magnitude of the service.  Even the lowliest task or deed is made holy, joyous, and prosperous when it is filled with love.        -Charles Fillmore

If you're wondering when you should give to or serve someone else, I believe in doing it spontaneously, perhaps in a shared moment of emotion.  Or any time you feel like someone needs your support.  Whether you do it all the time, occasionally, or when the opportunity arises, just do it.  Reach out and give of yourself and your time.  I have seen, time and again, that happiness and enjoyment arise from being of service in simple ways.         -Lucinda Bassett
The rare individuals who unselfishly try to serve others have an enormous advantage--they have little competition.        -Andrew Carnegie
There are those who in the name of God teach that you must deny yourself and seek only to serve others.  Godís plan is more beautiful than that.  You were created to express the will of God.  This means that your highest dreams and aspirations are of God.  By seeking these through the ways of the Lord you automatically do that which is best for all others.         -Bruce Gilbert

May no one who ever meets me
Have a meeting of little consequence.
May the simple fact of our meeting
Assist in the fulfillment of their wishes.
May I be a lamp
In the darkness of life,
A home for the homeless,
And a servant to the world.

Ancient Buddhist Blessing

The only ones among you who will be truly happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.       -Albert Schweitzer
It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no person can sincerely try to help another without helping him or herself.  Serve and you shall be served.  If you love and serve people, you cannot, by any hiding or stratagem, escape the remuneration.        -Ralph Waldo Emerson
At the heart of silence is prayer.
At the heart of prayer is faith.
At the heart of faith is life.
At the heart of life is service.

Mother Teresa
The highest service we can perform for others is to help them help themselves.        -Horace Mann
Everybody can be great. . . because anybody can serve.  You don't have to have a college degree to serve. . . . You only need a heart full of grace.  A soul generated by love.        -Martin Luther King, Jr.
Doing nothing for others is the undoing of oneís self.  We must be purposely kind and generous, or we miss the best part of existence.  The heart that goes out of itself, gets large and full of joy.  This is the great secret of the inner life.  We do ourselves the most good doing something for others.        -Horace Mann

As a young doctor, I thought that serving life was a thing of drama and action and split-second judgment calls.  A question of going sleepless and riding in ambulances and outwitting the angel of death.  A role open only to those who have prepared themselves for years.  Service was larger than ordinary life, and those who served were larger than life also.  But I know now that this is only the least part of the nature of service.  That service is small and quiet and everywhere.  That far more often we serve by who we are and not what we know.  And everyone serves whether they know it or not.
   We bless the life around us far more than we realize.  Many simple, ordinary things that we do can affect those around us in profound ways:  the unexpected phone call, the brief touch, the willingness to listen generously, the warm smile or wink of recognition.  All it may take to restore someone's trust in life may be returning a lost earring or a dropped glove.        -Rachel Naomi Remen
It is high time the ideal of success should be replaced with the ideal of service.       -Albert Einstein
We weaken the value of our gifts of service by adding to them love of praise of others, honor, or material profit.  Our goal is simply the love of God, without any other consideration whatsoever.  Not only does this unseen service help the individual being served and especially the one serving, but it also helps people who know nothing of them.  Seeing this act of unselfish giving, they are encouraged to do little acts of kindness themselves.  They sense that the real motive behind the service runs far deeper than the service act and are thus inspired in their own faith.


Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us daily.        -Sally Koch
One of the things I keep learning is that the secret of being happy is doing things for other people.       -Dick Gregory

The Sweetest Lives
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The sweetest lives are those to duty wed,
Whose deeds, both great and small,
Are close-knit strands of unbroken thread
Where love ennobles all.
The world may sound no trumpets, ring no bells;
The book of life the shining record tells.

The love shall chant its own beatitudes
After its own life working.  A child's kiss
Set on thy sighing lips shall make thee glad;
A sick man helped by thee shall make thee strong;
Thou shalt be served thyself by every sense
Of service which thous renderest.


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The more you care about others, the more confidently you act.  There is nothing you cannot do, no defeat you cannot survive, no fear you cannot overcome, when you are concentrated heart and soul in helping others.     -Robert O'Brien
Service rendered as a gift or love-offering to Life:  work that is engaged in, not for self or for profit, but as an act of love and service, these bring the doer a harvest of blessings. . . . When we serve and when we give, we open ourselves to receive life's richest blessings, its greatest prizes, and its most enduring lessons.     -Henry T. Hamblin
Whatever you have received more than others--in health, in talents, in ability, in success, in a pleasant childhood, in harmonious conditions of home life--all this you must not take to yourself as a matter of course.  In gratitude for your good fortune, you must remember in return some sacrifice of your own life for another life.     -Albert Schweitzer
Life is a place of service and in that service one has to suffer a great deal that is hard to bear, but more often to experience a great deal of joy.  But that joy can be real only if people look upon their life as a service, and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness.     -Lev Tolstoy

There is a big difference between service and working for the sake of getting something.  When you serve, you are not tied to the outcome.  You are not invested in what people do as a result of what you do, or what people think about what you are doing.  You give what you have because it makes you feel good.  You give what you have because you know that the unique way in which you do what you do will make someone else feel good.  In situations when your service is not rewarded by monetary or public recognition, you are not depleted or defeated.  You are encouraged to take your service to a higher level.  You are inspired to pour more love into your work.     -Iyanla Vanzant
Giving kids clothes and food is one thing, but it's much more important to teach them that other people besides themselves are important and that the best thing they can do with their lives is to use them in the service of other people.     -Dolores Huerta
Everybody can be great. . . because anybody can serve.  You don't have to have a college degree to serve. . . . You only need a heart full of grace.  A soul generated by love.     -Martin Luther King, Jr.
When you make a choice to be of service to others, you gain the courage and sense of determination that will fuel your efforts.  With a solid vision in place, you also become less concerned with your individual fear or self-doubt and more committed to taking the actions that will support your larger vision.     -Cheryl Richardson, Stand up for Your Life
Small service is true service while it lasts. . . 
The daisy, by the shadow that it casts,
Protects the lingering dewdrop from the sun.

William Wordsworth
The practice of loving kindness must find its root deep within us.  The story is told that Mohandas Gandhi once settled in a village and at once began serving the needs of the villagers who lived there.  A friend inquired if Gandhi's objectives in serving the poor were purely humanitarian.  Gandhi replied, "Not at all.  I am here to serve no one else but myself, to find my own self-realization through the service of these village folk."
   As Gandhi wisely points out, even as we serve others we are working on ourselves; every act, every word, every gesture of genuine compassion naturally nourishes our own hearts as well.  It is not a question of who is healed first.  When we attend to ourselves with compassion and mercy, more healing is made available for others.  And when we serve others with an open and generous heart, great healing comes to us.     -Wayne Muller
You ask me to give you a motto. Here it is:  SERVICE.  Let this word accompany each of you throughout your life. Let it be before you as you seek your way and your duty in the world.  May it be recalled to your minds if ever you are tempted to forget it or set it aside.  It will not always be a comfortable companion but it will always be a faithful one.  And it will be able to lead you to happiness, no matter what the experiences of your lives are.  Never have this word on your lips, but keep it in your hearts.  And may it. . . teach you not only to do good but to do it simply and humbly.     -Albert Schweitzer, "Letter to Students of a School for Nurses," The Schweitzer Album


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