Making a Difference Plans Your Legacy of Generosity

Quotes About Giving, Generosity, and Making a Difference

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

We must become the change we want to see in the world.

— Mahatma Gandhi

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.

— Edmund Burke

The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.

— Nelson Henderson

One is not born into the world to do everything but to do something.

— Henry David Thoreau

Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.

— Margaret Mead

Be not simply good; be good for something.

— Henry David Thoreau

What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.

— Nelson Mandela

If it is to be, it is up to me.

— Unknown

Anyone who thinks that they are too small to make a difference has never tried to fall asleep with a mosquito in the room.

— Christine Todd Whitman

Live today the way you want to be remembered tomorrow.

— Dillon Burroughs

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.

— Will Rogers

I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catchers mitt on both hands.  You need to be able to throw something back.

— Maya Angelou

Go the extra mile.  It’s never crowded.

— Unknown

In a gentle way, you can shake the world.

— Mahatma Gandhi

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

— Sydney Smith

Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.

— Mohammed Ali

If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it.

— Lucy Larcom

Help one another; there’s no time like the present and no present like the time.

— James Durst

It takes each of us to make a difference for all of us.

— Jackie Mutcheson

Go out into the world and do good until there is too much good in the world.

— Larry H. Miller

Never get tired of doing little things for others. Sometimes, those little things occupy the biggest part of their hearts.

— Unknown

How wonderful that no one need wait a single moment to improve the world.

— Anne Frank

Scientists have discovered that the small, brave act of cooperating with another person, of choosing trust over cynicism, generosity over selfishness, makes the brain light up with quiet joy.

— Natalie Angier

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough, we must do.

— Leonardo da da Vinci

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

— Winston Churchill

The best things in life aren’t things.

— Art Buchwald

I have one life and one chance to make it count for something… My faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I am, whenever I can, for as long as I can with whatever I have to try to make a difference.

— Jimmy Carter

It is the heart that does the giving; the fingers only let go.

— Nigerian saying

If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.

— Mother Teresa

If you want to touch the past, touch a rock.  If you want to touch the present, touch a flower.  If you want to touch the future, touch a life.

— Unknown

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It’s not.

— Dr. Seuss

We have it in our power to change the world over.

— Thomas Paine

Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good.

— Minor Myers

When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.

— Eleanor Roosevelt

The great use of life is to spend it for something that outlasts it.

— William James

As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way.

— Mary Anne Radmacher

If there is to be any peace it will come through being, not having.

— Henry Miller

I feel that the greatest reward for doing is the opportunity to do more.

— Dr. Jonas Salk

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

Your thoughts, words and deeds are painting the world around you.

— Jewel Diamond Taylor

It’s good to be blessed.  It’s better to be a blessing.

— Unknown

We can do no great things – only small things with great love.

— Mother Teresa

I wondered why somebody didn’t do something.  Then I realized, I am somebody. 

— Unknown

The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others.

— Mahatma Gandhi

I’ve seen and met angels wearing the disguise of ordinary people living ordinary lives.

— Tracy Chapman

Money often costs too much.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.

— St. Catherine of Siena

Plant flowers in others’ gardens and your life becomes a bouquet!

— Unknown

When I chased after money, I never had enough. When I got my life on purpose and focused on giving of myself and everything that arrived into my life, then I was prosperous.

— Wayne Dyer

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.

— William James

Every piece of the universe, even the tiniest little snow crystal, matters somehow. I have a place in the pattern, and so do you.

— T.A. Barron

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