Famous Quotes on Service and Well-Being

Motivational Quotes on the Benefits of Serving Others


by Whitney Hopler, Communications Manager

Serving others helps those who give as well as those who receive. Service empowers people to put their talents into action for good purposes, bringing them fulfillment as they meet others’ needs. Research shows that volunteering to serve others benefits both mental and physical well-being. Let these famous quotes on service and well-being motivate you to serve:

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

“The end of all knowledge should be service to others.” – Cesar Chavez

“Without service, we would not have a strong quality of life. It’s important to the person who serves as well as the recipient. It’s the way in which we ourselves grow and develop.” – Dorothy Height

“Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“There are many wonderful things that will never be done if you don’t do them.” – Charles Gill

“Leadership is service, not position.” – Tim Fargo

“Help others and give something back. I guarantee you will discover that while public service improves the lives and the world around you, its greatest reward is the enrichment and new meaning it will bring your own life.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

“Being of service to others is what brings true happiness.” – Marie Osmond

“Give your hands to serve, and your hearts to love.” – Mother Teresa

“It’s easy to make a buck.  It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.” – Tom Brokaw

“The more we give away, the more is given to us.” – Wayne W Dyer

“The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.” – Albert Schweitzer

“As we lose ourselves in the service of others we discover our own lives and our own happiness.” – Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.” – Howard Zinn

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

“Everyone has a purpose in life and a unique talent to give to others. And when we blend this unique talent with service to others, we experience the ecstasy and exultation of our spirit, which is the ultimate goal of all goals.” – Kallam Anji Reddy

“Always render more and better service than is expected of you, no matter what your task may be.” – Og Mandino

“Service doesn’t have to be big and grandiose to be meaningful and make a difference.” – Cheryl Esplin

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“There is nothing small in the service of God.” – St. Francis De Sales

“Earn your success based on service to others, not at the expense of others.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.

“There is incredible value in being of service to others.” – Elizabeth Berg

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“You have two hands: One to help yourself, the second to help others.” – Audrey Hepburn

“Help the life of one person and you can help the community.” – Steven Sawalich

“Some of our finest work comes through service to others.” – Gordon Hinckley

“To give real service, you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money.” – Douglas Adams

“Love in action is service to the world.” – Lynne Namka

“Do some selfless service for people who are in need. Consider the whole picture, not just our little selves.” – Nina Hagen

“A life of significance is about serving those who need your gifts, your leadership, your purpose.” – Kevin Hall

“If you really want to receive joy and happiness, then serve others with all your heart. Lift their burden, and your own burden will be lighter.” – Ezra Taft Benson

“Our rewards in life will always be in direct ratio to our service.” – Earl Nightingale

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” – Desmond Tutu

“He profits most who serves best.” – Arthur F. Sheldon

“The thing that lies at the foundation of positive change, the way I see it, is service to a fellow human being.” – Lee Iacocca

“Whoever renders service to many puts himself in line for greatness – great wealth, great return, great satisfaction, great reputation, and great joy.” – Jim Rohn

“Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.” – Booker T. Washington

“Joy can only be real if people look upon their life as a service and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness.” – Leo Tolstoy

“All other pleasures and possessions pale into nothingness before service which is rendered in a spirit of joy.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“You can start right where you stand and apply the habit of going the extra mile by rendering more service and better service than you are now being paid for.” – Napoleon Hill

“As far as service goes, it can take the form of a million things. To do service, you don’t have to be a doctor working in the slums for free, or become a social worker. Your position in life and what you do doesn’t matter as much as how you do what you do.” – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

“Service brings satisfaction.” – James Cash Penney

“Don’t ever forget that you’re a citizen of this world, and there are things you can do to lift the human spirit – things that are easy, things that are free, things that you can do every day: Civility, respect, kindness, character.” – Aaron Sorkin

“Start where you are. Distant fields always look greener, but opportunity lies right where you are. Take advantage of every opportunity of service.” – Robert Collier

“It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do little – do what you can.” – Sydney Smith

“Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you.” – Mother Teresa

“I am only one, but I am one.  I cannot do everything, but I can do something.  And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.” – Edward Everett Hale

“So long as we love we serve; so long as we are loved by others, I would almost say that we are indispensable; and no person is useless while he has a friend.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”- Anne Frank