Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can.
—Attributed to John Wesley (1703–1791)
There is a wonderful 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 (1864–1955)
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
—Winston Churchill (1874–1965)
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 (1879–1955)
No person was ever honored for what he received. He was honored for what he gave.
—Calvin Coolidge (1872–1933)
One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is “love.”
—Sophocles (496?–406? BC)
Do something for somebody every day for which you do not get paid.
—Albert Schweitzer (1875–1965)
We should apply love as God intended for it to be applied—“fervently with a pure heart.” (1 Peter 1:22) That means to be truly concerned. It’s not saying, “I love you,” and then walking off and forgetting people in need. It’s not saying, “Be warmed and filled,” but not giving them the things they need when it’s in your power to help. (James 2:16; Proverbs 3:27–28) Love without physical application is like faith without works, which is dead. (James 2:26)
—David Brandt Berg
Lord, help me live from day to day
In such a self-forgetful way
That even when I kneel to pray
My prayer shall be for others.
Help me in all the work I do
To ever be sincere and true
And know that all I’d do for You
Must needs be done for others.
Let self be crucified and slain
And buried deep, and all in vain
May efforts be to rise again,
Unless to live for others.
And when my work on earth is done,
And my new work in Heav’n’s begun,
May I forget the crown I’ve won,
While thinking still of others.
Others, Lord, yes others,
Let this my motto be,
Help me to live for others,
That I may live like Thee.
—Charles D. Meigs (1792–1869)