Helping Others Quotes

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Help men but don't get in the way of men being able to help themselves.
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.

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Every man is guilty of all the good he didn't do.
We as often repent the good we have done as the ill.

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A man's true wealth is the good he does in this world.
If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.


He that does good to another does good also to himself.
They have a right to censure, that have a heart to help.


If you do not care for each other, who will care for you?

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An ounce of help is worth more than a pound of pity any day.
Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression.

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Love is all we have, the only way
that each can help the other.


No matter what accomplishments you achieve, somebody helps you.
The whole worth of a kind deed lies in the love that inspires it.
— Talmud


The more help a person has in his garden, the less it belongs to him.
You can't help someone uphill without getting closer to the top yourself.
— Chinese proverb

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I believe...that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.
What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?
There are two types of men: those who take care of the pain and those who pass by.
There is a sort of gratification in doing good which makes us rejoice in ourselves.
We ought to be careful not to do for a fellow what we only intended to help him do.
When a man is down in the world, an ounce of help is better than a pound of preaching.
The difference between a helping hand and an outstretched palm is a twist of the wrist.


If we could all hear one another's prayers, God might be relieved of some of his burden.


Do not free a camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel.
All we can ever do in the way of good people is to encourage them to do good for themselves.
All of us want to do well.  But if we do not do good, too, then doing well will never be enough.
Each day, we all face the choice to be Good Samaritans or to be indifferent travelers passing by.
The greatest pleasure I know is to do a good action by stealth and have it found out by accident.
Oh!  What a Godlike Power is that of doing Good!  I envy the rich and the great for nothing else!
Keep doing good deeds long enough, and you'll probably turn out a good man.  In spite of yourself.
What greater bliss than to look back on days spent in usefulness, in doing good to those around us.
The smallest good deed done unselfishly is more precious than innumerable good deeds done selfishly.


To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.
He is not an honest man who has burned his tongue and does not tell the company that the soup is hot.
— Yugoslavian proverb

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Do not run after happiness, but seek to do good, and you will find that happiness will run after you.


The greatest pleasure I know, is to do a good action by stealth, and to have it found out by accident.
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.


The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.
The happiness of the tender heart is increased by what it can take away from the wretchedness of others.


That best portion of a good man's life,
His little, nameless, unremembered, acts
Of kindness and of love.

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Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon him and to let him know that you trust him.


Serving God is doing good to man. But praying is thought an easier service and is therefore more generally chosen.


The pleasure we derive from doing favors is partly in the feeling it gives us that we are not altogether worthless.
We know that we can help ourselves only as we help others, and that the love we give away is the only love we keep.

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Do not commit the error, common among the young, of assuming that if you cannot save the whole of mankind you have failed.

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Give a bowl of rice to a man and you will feed him for a day. Teach him how to grow his own rice and you will save his life.
We can't help everyone, but our responsibility lies in not looking the other way when someone crosses our path that we can help.
The older I get, the greater power I seem to have to help the world; I am like a snowball—the further I am rolled, the more I gain.


Those who loved you, and were helped by you, will remember you when forget-me-nots are withered.  Carve your name on hearts, and not on marble.
To be good, we must do good; and by doing good we take a sure means of being good, as the use and exercise of the muscles increase their power.
Independence is my happiness, and I view things as they are, without regard to place or person; my country is the world, and my religion is to do good.


Every man has to seek in his own way to do some good.  Every man has to seek in his own way to make himself more noble and to realize his own true worth.
The great danger — or the great temptation — of helping the poor lies in falling into the role of paternalistic protector, which ultimately doesn't let people grow.
Wouldn't it be a beautiful world if just 10 percent of the people who believe in the power of love would compete with one another to see who could do the most good for the most people?

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Would that I were a dry well, and that the people tossed stones into me, for that would be easier than to be a spring of flowing water that the thirsty pass by, and from which they avoid drinking.
Jesus did not spend a great deal of time discoursing about the trinity or original sin or the incarnation, which have preoccupied later Christians. He went around doing good and being compassionate.
Hope is renewed each time that you see a person you know, who is deeply involved in the struggle of life, helping another person. You are the unaffected witness and must agree that there is hope for mankind.


The happiest people I know are people who don't even think about being happy. They just think about being good neighbors, good people. And then happiness sort of sneaks in the back window while they're busy doing good.


The inclusion or exclusion of the wounded person by the wayside defines all economic, political, social, and religious projects. All of us, each day, are presented with the option of being Good Samaritans or indifferent passersby.
Each time life puts the option in front of us to serve inclusively or to take advantage by excluding [others], between washing another's feet or washing our hands of someone else's troubles, let the image of Jesus and the joy of service come to mind.


We must stop hiding the pain of our losses and take responsibility for our crimes, our apathy, and our lies, because it is only through reparative reconciliation that we will be resuscitated, and, in the process, that we will lose fear of our own selves.


To me it seems that to give happiness is a far nobler goal that to attain it: and that what we exist for is much more a matter of relations to others than a matter of individual progress: much more a matter of helping others to heaven than of getting there ourselves.


You must give some time to your fellow man.  Even if it is a little thing, do something for those who have need of help, something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it.  For remember, you don't live in a world all your own.  Your brothers are here too.
You have to become indignant against the injustice that not everyone has bread and work. In this world many people look out for themselves. And how curious it is that those who look out for themselves and not for the common good are usually the ones who go around cursing, who curse other people and things.

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The first question the Levite asked was, "If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?" But then the Good Samaritan came by. And he reversed the question: "If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?" That's the question before you tonight. . . . If I do not stop to help the sanitation workers, what will happen to them? That's the question.


Our body and mind are sustained by the cosmos. The clouds in the sky nourish us; the light of the sun nourishes us. The cosmos offers us vitality and love in every moment. Despite this fact, some people feel isolated and alienated from the world. As a bodhisattva, you can approach such a person, and with this mantra you can open the door of his or her heart to the world and to the love that is always happening: "Dear one, I know that you are suffering a lot. I know this, and I am here for you, just as the trees are here for you and the flowers are here for you."


Bodhichitta is the mind of enlightenment, beginner's mind. When we're inspired by the desire to practice and transform our suffering so we can help the many people around us who suffer, the mind of that moment is very beautiful. It's the mind of a bodhisattva, one who attains his or her own liberation in order to help all beings. Sometimes we call it the "mind of love." It's because of love that we practice. We're not just trying to run away from suffering. We want more than that. We want to transform our own suffering and be free in order to help many other people to transform their suffering.