Volunteering Quotes

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Wendell Berry
“No settled family or community has ever called its home place an “environment.” None has ever called its feeling for its home place “biocentric” or “anthropocentric.” None has ever thought of its connection to its home place as “ecological,” deep or shallow. The concepts and insights of the ecologists are of great usefulness in our predicament, and we can hardly escape the need to speak of “ecology” and “ecosystems.” But the terms themselves are culturally sterile. They come from the juiceless, abstract intellectuality of the universities which was invented to disconnect, displace, and disembody the mind. The real names of the environment are the names of rivers and river valleys; creeks, ridges, and mountains; towns and cities; lakes, woodlands, lanes roads, creatures, and people.

And the real name of our connection to this everywhere different and differently named earth is “work.” We are connected by work even to the places where we don’t work, for all places are connected; it is clear by now that we cannot exempt one place from our ruin of another. The name of our proper connection to the earth is “good work,” for good work involves much giving of honor. It honors the source of its materials; it honors the place where it is done; it honors the art by which it is done; it honors the thing that it makes and the user of the made thing. Good work is always modestly scaled, for it cannot ignore either the nature of individual places or the differences between places, and it always involves a sort of religious humility, for not everything is known. Good work can be defined only in particularity, for it must be defined a little differently for every one of the places and every one of the workers on the earth.

The name of our present society’s connection to the earth is “bad work” – work that is only generally and crudely defined, that enacts a dependence that is ill understood, that enacts no affection and gives no honor. Every one of us is to some extent guilty of this bad work. This guilt does not mean that we must indulge in a lot of breast-beating and confession; it means only that there is much good work to be done by every one of us and that we must begin to do it.”
Wendell Berry

Robert A. Heinlein
“My old man says when it's time to be counted, the important thing is to be man enough to stand up.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Between Planets

H. Jackson Brown Jr.
“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.”
H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Shannon L. Alder
“The day you find out who you are is when you look back and realize that it was never the words, rather your actions that defined you.”
Shannon L. Alder

“I find that the critics of voluntary service are all too often those who are prepared to accept such services when they require them but deride them with cynicism and scepticism when they see others helping and being helped.”
Eva Hart

Conor Grennan
“If walking into the responsibility of caring for eighteen children was difficult, walking out on that responsibility was almost impossible. The children had become a constant presence, little spinning tops that splattered joy onto everyone they bumped into.”
Conor Grennan, Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal

“A life dedicated to serving others is the life we should all aspire to live.”
Auliq-Ice

Jennifer S. Alderson
“Meandering cows, tenacious bicyclers, belching taxis, rickshaws, fearless pedestrians and the occasional mobile ‘cigarette and sweets’ stand all fought our taxi for room on the narrow two-lane road turned local byway.”
Jennifer S. Alderson, Notes of a Naive Traveler: Nepal and Thailand

“After staring at the poor in the eyes, my thoughts on how best to help people have dramatically changed.”
Moutasem Algharati

“The opportunity to serve is everywhere if the heart is seeking and there is a willingness to take action.”
Henry Hon, One: Unfolding God’s Eternal Purpose from House to House

Lailah Gifty Akita
“I devote my life in service of humanity.”
Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

Nicholas Kontis
“At a time when so many people are just checking things off a bucket list, other travelers are finding that they want more. Going Local explores the whys and how to’s of really experiencing an area and its culture through the people who live there. Includes a plethora of real life travel stories from experts and everyday people alike.”
Nicholas Kontis, Going Local: Experiences and Encounters on the Road

Lailah Gifty Akita
“Life is all we have, the grace of service to mankind.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Jennifer S. Alderson
“I ended up in the back seat of a chicken truck’s cab heading through beautiful scenery and disastrous roads to my hotel. About an hour later, we stopped to sell a few hundred of the chickens to a butcher shop.”
Jennifer S. Alderson, Notes of a Naive Traveler: Nepal and Thailand

Lailah Gifty Akita
“We can get the task done without being paid.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Lailah Gifty Akita
“Life is a service. Serve in the grace of strength within thy soul.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Lailah Gifty Akita
“Serve in the grace of strength within thy soul.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Lailah Gifty Akita
“Life is inter-dependence and co-dependence.”
Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

Nicolò Govoni
“Eppure realizzai per davvero quanto caotica e in prestito fosse la mia fortuna, la fortuna d’essere nato sulla guancia giusta del mondo, soltanto quando un vecchio, per strada, pianse e disse: "Sei bianco come Dio.”
Nicolò Govoni, Uno

Lailah Gifty Akita
“Work while you have strength.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

“Try going out of your comfort zone and doing something for someone else.”
Henry Hon, ONE: Unfolding God's Eternal Purpose from House to House

Harry Harrison
“I am seventy-five years old and I reached this venerable state by staying out of trouble, keeping my mouth shut and not volunteering, just like I learned in the Army.”
Harry Harrison, Make Room! Make Room!

Lailah Gifty Akita
“We are a blessing to each other.”
Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

“I want to take my gifts and talents and use what I've learned to share with the world. I want to make a contribution to the value of others.”
Germany Kent

Putri Agustina
“If we help each other, we will gain more kindness out of every single kind act that we do.”
Putri Agustina

W. Chan Kim
“Voluntary cooperation is more than mechanical execution, where people do only what it takes to get by. It involves going beyond the call of duty, wherein individuals exert energy and initiative to the best of their abilities—even subordinating personal self-interest—to execute resulting strategies.”
W. Chan Kim, Blue Ocean Strategy, Expanded Edition: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant

Lailah Gifty Akita
“I shall honour God in my heart.
And expressed it in humility of a humble service to humanity.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

N.J. Lysk
“He didn’t imagine hockey was a very likely career for any of them—they weren’t even playing on skates—but if they could just believe in something... In themselves, a little bit, in the world giving them a chance, in other people being worth getting to know…
If he could, somehow, offer them that much. Or even if all he did was make their week better. Hell, he’d take making their day a little less worse. It’d make him happy too and joy wasn’t something to be squandered.”
N.J. Lysk, Not Destiny

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