15 Volunteer Quotes to Inspire You This Giving Season

UPDATED: November 15, 2023
PUBLISHED: December 22, 2016
Diverse group of people happy after volunteering and sharing volunteer quotes

One of the best feelings in the world is giving. The positive energy is contagious. With just one act of kindness, you can inspire others to go out and plant seeds of happiness through giving back to the community, too. Your greatest gift is the ability to share your blessings; it’s what makes life meaningful. Remember what it means to be a giver with these 15 thoughtful quotes about volunteering.

Inspirational volunteer quotes to remind you of the joys of giving back

1. “No one has ever become poor by giving.” 

Anne Frank

2. “Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.” 

H. Jackson Brown Jr.

3. “Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.” 

Eleanor Roosevelt

4. “We must give more in order to get more. It is the generous giving of ourselves that produces the generous harvest.” 

Orison Swett Marden

5. “The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” 

Oscar Wilde

6. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

7. “Be of service. Whether you make yourself available to a friend or co-worker, or you make time every month to do volunteer work, there is nothing that harvests more of a feeling of empowerment than being of service to someone in need.” 

Gillian Anderson

8. “Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give.” 

Ben Carson

9. “At the end of the day, it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished… it’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.”

Denzel Washington, A Hand to Guide Me

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

Muhammad Ali

11. “Think of giving not as a duty but as a privilege.” 

John D. Rockefeller Jr.

12. “I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.” 

Maya Angelou

13. “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” 

Mahatma Gandhi

14. “The best thing to do with the best things in life is to give them away.” 

Dorothy Day

15. “Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.” 

Booker T. Washington

This article was updated November 2023. Photo by Rawpixel.com/Shutterstock.com

Lydia Sweatt is a freelance writer, bookworm, and bass guitar enthusiast. When she goes outside, a bicycle goes with her.