Quotation Saturday: Let Us Help One Another

quotationsaturdayMamacita says:  Sometimes it takes a major catastrophe to remind us that we are all living on the same planet; that we all have the same basic needs; that the entire universe is based on Six Degrees of Separation; that the wheel of life turns and turns and the fly on the top will be the fly on the bottom eventually; that everything evens out because the rich have ice in the summer and the poor have it in the winter; and that if we don’t reach out a helping hand when we see someone within reach who needs one, nobody will reach out a helping hand to us when, as we eventually and inevitably will, need one ourselves.

The Samaritan had come from far away, while the priest and the Levite lived fairly nearby.  But it was the foreigner who helped the stranger; the others did not wish to get involved. The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?” But… the good Samaritan reversed the question: “If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?” –Martin Luther King, Jr.

1. A good deed becomes tainted when you expect something in return. — Duane Alan Hahn

2. It is one of the most beautiful compensations in life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

3. Nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches to conceive how others can be in want. — Jonathan Swift

4. He who waits to do a great deal of good at once, will never do anything. — Samuel Johnson

5. Charity is injurious unless it helps the recipient to become independent of it. — John D. Rockefeller

6. The measure of life is not its duration, but its donation. — Peter Marshall

7. A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog. — Jack London

8. If service is the rent you pay for your existence on this earth, are you behind in your rent? — Robert G Allen

9. I resolved to stop accumulating and begin the infinitely more serious and difficult task of wise distribution.
— Andrew Carnegie

10. Is the rich world aware of how four billion of the six billion live? If we were aware, we would want to help out, we’d want to get involved. — Bill Gates

11. The deed is everything, the glory naught. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

12. There is a natural law, a Divine law, that obliges you and me to relieve the suffering, the distressed and the destitute. — Conrad Hilton

13. An attitude of gratitude creates blessings.. Help yourself by helping others. You have the most powerful weapons on earth.. love and prayer. — John Templeton

14. It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our own home. Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start. — Mother Teresa

15. It is every man’s obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it. — Albert Einstein

16. Giving frees us from the familiar territory of our own needs by opening our mind to the unexplained worlds occupied by the needs of others. — Barbara Bush

17. God answers sharp and sudden on some prayers,
And thrusts the thing we have prayed for in our face,
A gauntlet with a gift in it. — Elizabeth Barrett Browning

18. I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver. — Maya Angelou

19. There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life — happiness, freedom, and peace of mind — are always attained by giving them to someone else. — Peyton Conway March

20. All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. — Edmund Burke

21. Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life, and not something that you do in your spare time. — Marion Wright Edelman

22. What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other? — George Elliot

23. The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not the hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That’s the essence of inhumanity. — George Bernard Shaw

24. Charity sees the need, not the cause. — German proverb

25. He who gives when he is asked has waited too long. — Lucius Annaeus Seneca  CHOOSE_GENEROSITY_by_battytothebone

26. The best portion of a good man’s life – his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love. — William Wordsworth

27. If those who owe us nothing gave us nothing, how poor we would be. — Antonio Porchia

28. Being considerate of others will take your children further in life than any college degree. — Marian Wright Edelman

29. Open your heart – open it wide; someone is standing outside. — Mary Engelbreit

30. I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again. — William Penn

31. If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one. — Mother Teresa

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

33. 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

34. This is the true joy in life – being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. — George Bernard Shaw

35. If you have no will to change it, you have no right to criticize it. — Author Unknown

36. Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity. — Horace Mann

37. The great use of life is to spend it for something that outlasts it. — William James

38. If you have time to whine and complain about something then you have the time to do something about it. — Anthony J. D’Angelo

39. If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito.
— Betty Reese

40. If you’re too busy to give your neighbor a helping hand, then you’re just too darned busy. — Marie T. Freeman

41. Do something for somebody every day for which you do not get paid. — Albert Schweitzer

42. Believe, when you are most unhappy, that there is something for you to do in the world. So long as you can sweeten another’s pain, life is not in vain. — Helen Keller

43. Success has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It’s what you do for others. — Danny Thomas

44. When a person is down in the world, an ounce of help is better than a pound of preaching. — Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

45. The impersonal hand of government can never replace the helping hand of a neighbor. — Hubert H. Humphrey

46. A life isn’t significant except for its impact on other lives. — Jackie Robinson

47. When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die. — Eleanor Roosevelt

48. Compassion is not religious business; it is human business, it is not luxury; it is essential for our own peace and mental stability; it is essential for human survival. — Dalai Lama

49. Anywhere I see suffering, that is where I want to be, doing what I can. — Diana, Princess of Wales

50. Don’t spend your precious time asking ‘Why isn’t the world a better place?’ It will only be time wasted. The question to ask is ‘How can I make it better?’ To that there is an answer. — Leo F. Buscaglia

Bonus: Business! Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were all my business. The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business! –Charles Dickens

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