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136 Quotes About Helping Others

Helping someone is a gift truly worth giving, and we hope that these 136 quotes about helping others will encourage you to offer to support to others in need. Whether it is helping a loved one, people less fortunate, or helping the poor, lending a hand is a truly special act.

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1. “Helping others, without expecting anything in return is what true self-worth is all about.” Gavin Bird

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2. “Part of being a person is about helping others.” –Regis Murayi

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3. “Help others achieve their dreams and you will achieve yours.” – Les Brown

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4. “Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping him up.” – Jesse Jackson

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5. “As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands. One for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” – Audrey Hepburn

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6. “By helping the poor, we must be able to remove their poverty. But extending help to one here and one there in the form of providing food will not remove poverty.” – Periyar E. V. Ramasamy

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7. “Helping others in need is not only a responsibility of life; it is what gives meaning to life.” – Mollie Marti

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8. “Remember this. Hold on to this. This is the only perfection there is, the perfection of helping others. This is the only thing we can do that has any lasting meaning. This is why we’re here. To make each other feel safe.” – Andre Agassi

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9. “Supporting the success of others, won’t ever dampen your own.” – Unknown

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10. “No joy can equal the joy of serving others.” – Sai Baba

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 11. “Serving others prepares you to lead others.” – Jim George

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

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13. “Support yourself before supporting anyone else, because if you are not strong enough, you cannot support others.” – Unknown

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14. “Time and money spent in helping men to do more for themselves is far better than mere giving.” – Henry Ford

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15. “A friend is who gives a helping hand to his friend in distress.” – Unknown

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16. “The strongest people make time to help others, even if they’re struggling with their own personal problems.” – Unknown

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17. “Helping people in need is a good and essential part of my life, a kind of destiny.” – Unknown

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18. “The art of being helpful is behaving as if everything we do matters – because we never know which things might.” – Gloria Steinem

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19. “When women support each other, incredible things happen.” – Unknown

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20. “We don’t need to have deep pockets or be rich to help the needy, the poor, and the hungry, we need to have a heart.” – Kevin Dcruz

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21. “In helping others, we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us.” – Flora Edwards

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22. “Through our willingness to help others we can learn to be happy rather than depressed.” – Gerald Jampolsky

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23. “No one has ever become poor by giving.” – Anne Frank

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24. “Help people, even when you know they can’t help you back.” – Unknown

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25. “You feel alive to the degree that you feel you can help others.” – John Travolta

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26. “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” – Hebrews 13:16

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

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28. “Service to others leads to greatness.” – Unknown

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29. “There is nothing more beautiful than someone who goes out of their way to make life beautiful for others” – Mandy Hale

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30. “I am going to give from every corner of my soul.” Mike Dolan

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31. “Life is too short not to create, not to love, and not to lend a helping hand to our brothers and sisters.” – Eric Maisel

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

33. “There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” – John Holmes

34. “We rise by lifting others.” – Robert Ingersoll

35. “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

36. “Plant flowers in others’ gardens and your life becomes a bouquet!” – Unknown

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

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

39. “Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves.” – Horace Mann

40. “Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books – especially the Bible, build a shelter against a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day.” – John Wooden

41. “What do we live for if not to make the world less difficult for each other.” – George Eliot

42. “You can have everything you want in life if you just help enough people get what they want in life.” – Zig Ziglar

43. “The more credit you give away, the more will come back to you. The more you help others, the more they will want to help you.” – Brian Tracy

44. “It’s not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something. May I suggest that it be creating joy for others, sharing what we have for the betterment of person kind, bringing hope to the lost and love to the lonely.” – Leo Buscaglia

45. “I love creativity, but I also love to help others. My mother was a hairstylist, and they listen to everyone’s problems – like a beauty therapist!” – Beyonce Knowles

46. “Life engenders life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.” – Sarah Bernhardt

47. “If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.” – Chinese Proverb

48. “What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.” ― Saint Augustine

49. “Set your heart on doing good. Do it over and over again, and you will be filled with joy.” – Buddha

50. “I’ve achieved ‘the American dream.’ I feel it’s my duty to help others achieve their vision, too – especially the youth.” – Joe Frazier

51. “Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man’s growth without destroying his roots.” – Frank A. Clark

52. “The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.” – William James

53. “If you have much, give of your wealth; if you have little, give of your heart.” –Arabian Proverb

54. “Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day.” – Sally Koch

55. “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

56. “The deed is everything, the glory is naught.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

57. “When you do nothing, you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved, you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are working to make things better.” – Pauline R. Kezer

58. “The main rule to me is to honor God with your life. To life a life of integrity. Not be selfish. You know, help others. But that’s really the essence of the Christian faith.” – Joel Osteen

59. “A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” – Steve Maraboli

60. “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” – Albert Einstein

61. “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.” – Mother Teresa

62. “Seek to do good, and you will find that happiness will run after you.” – James Freeman Clarke

63. “What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.” – Albert Pike

64. “Always have a willing hand to help someone, you might be the only one that does.” – Roy T. Bennett

65. “You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits. When we all help one another, everybody wins.” – Jim Stovall

66. “Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, ‘What’s in it for me?” – Brian Tracy

67. “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

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

69. “One of the things we’ve always tried to do is help others with our story. Whether it’s with the infertility issues, whether it’s with the breast cancer, we said we’re gonna turn these negatives into positives. And if we can help others by sharing our story, then it’s worth it.” – Bill Rancic

70. “A community is like a ship, everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm.” – Henrik Ibsen

71. “There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread, but there are many more dying for a little love.” – Mother Teresa

72. “Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor.” ― Proverb 22:9

73. “Never underestimate the difference you can make in the lives of others. Step forward, reach out and help. This week reach to someone that might need a lift.” – Pablo

74. “Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.” – Mother Teresa

75. “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

76. “An effort made for the happiness of others lifts us above ourselves.” – Lydia M. Child

77. “The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.” – Benjamin Disraeli

78. “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

79. “It’s not that successful people are givers; it is that givers are successful people.” – Patti Thor

80. “Don’t be afraid of outgiving God. It is impossible to do that.” – Charles R. Swindoll

81. “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

82. “Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, it’s at the end of your arm, as you get older, remember you have another hand: The first is to help yourself, the second is to help others.” – Audrey Hepburn

83. “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” – Pablo Picasso

84. “Everyone suffers some injustice in life, and what better motivation than to help others not suffer in the same way.” – Bella Thorne

85. “To do more for the world than the world does for you, that is success.” – Henry Ford

86. “Life is never so busy that there is no time to serve.” – Unknown

87. “When you dig another out of their troubles, you find a place to bury your own.” – Unknown

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

89. “My role model was my grandfather. He instilled in me the feeling that no matter how successful you are you have a responsibility to help others.” – Kevin Johnson

90. “Caring has the gift of making the ordinary special.” – George R. Bach

91. “It’s good to be blessed. It’s better to be a blessing.” – Unknown

92. “If you get, give. If you learn, teach.” – Maya Angelou

93. “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

94. “Heroes represent the best of ourselves, respecting that we are human beings. A hero can be anyone from Gandhi to your classroom teacher, anyone who can show courage when faced with a problem. A hero is someone … faced with a problem. A hero is someone who is willing to help others in his or her best capacity.” – Ricky Martin

95. “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

96. “You may not have saved a lot of money in your life, but if you have saved a lot of heartaches for other folks, you are a pretty rich man.” – Seth Parker

97. “Selfless giving is the art of living.” – Frederic Lenz

98. “I have quite a strong sense of wanting to sort of, wanting to help others. I’m not claiming I’m a saint, but I have a genuine, genuine belief in trying to help others.” – John Key

99. “To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own.” – Abraham Lincoln

100. “Once I leave this earth, I know I’ve done something that will continue to help others.” Jackie Joyner-Kersee

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

102. “In about the same degree as you are helpful you will be happy.” – Karl Reiland

103. “Happiness is a by-product of an effort to make someone else happy.” – Gretta Brooker Palmer

104. “Try to help others. Consult their weaknesses, relieve their maladies; strive to raise them up, and by so doing you will most effectually raise yourself up also.” –Joseph Barber Lightfoot

105. “Nothing liberates our greatness like the desire to help, the desire to serve.” – Marianne Williamson

106. “It’s also selfish because it makes you feel good when you help others. I’ve been helped by acts of kindness from strangers. That’s why we’re here, after all, to help others.” – Carol Burnett

107. “Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others.” – Saint Augustine

108. “I believe that love expands. As you give love out, it’s received and reciprocated and it grows. That’s the beauty of it.” – Hill Harper

109. “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” – Dalai Lama

110. “There is no use whatever trying to help people who do not help themselves. You cannot push anyone up a ladder unless he is willing to climb himself.” – Andrew Carnegie

111. “Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light.”– Norman B. Rice

112. “Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve…. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

113. “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” – Charles Dickens

114. “I think to have the skillset and the ability to physically help others in matters of life and death must be incredibly empowering.” – Karlie Kloss

115. “Even the smallest act of caring for another person is like a drop of water -it will make ripples throughout the entire pond.” – Jessy and Bryan Matteo

116. “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing.” – Hebrews 13:16

117. “Progress depends on our brain. The most important part of our brain, that which is neocortical, must be used to help others and not just to make discoveries.” – Rita Levi-Montalcini

118. “There is no use whatever trying to help people who do not help themselves. You cannot push anyone up a ladder unless he is willing to climb himself.” – Andrew Carnegie

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

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

121. “What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains is immortal.” – Albert Pine

122. “People with lower incomes tend to give a greater percentage of their incomes to help others and show greater empathy and compassion – perhaps because they know they might face the same circumstances.” – Kavita Ramdas

123. “He who serves the most reaps the most.” – Jim Rohn

124. “My piece of bread only belongs to me when I know that everyone else has a share, and that no one starves while I eat.” – Leo Tolstoy

125. “We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.” – Dr. Loretta Scott

126. “I feel that if you are blessed, or lucky enough, to be doing well, you should help others.” –Laurell K. Hamilton

127. “When you open your heart to giving, angels fly to your door.” – Unknown

128. “If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your path.” – Buddha

129. “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

130. “If we always helped one another, no one would need luck.” – Sophocles

131. “Bread for myself is a material question. Bread for my neighbor is a spiritual one.” – Nicholas Berdyaev

132. “When a person is down in the world, an ounce of help is better than a pound of preaching.” – Edward G. Bulwer

133. “Let each of you look not only to his own interests but also to the interests of others.” – Philippians 2:4

134. “Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day.” –Sally Koch

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

136. “Love one another and help others to rise to the higher levels, simply by pouring out love. Love is infectious and the greatest healing energy.” – Sai Baba