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“After the verb “to love” the verb “to help” is the most beautiful verb in the world” Bertha Von Suttner

“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

“If we don’t help each other, who will?”  Barbara Mandrell

“What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?”  George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)

“Where there is great love, there are always miracles” Willa Cather

“If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain:  If I can ease one life the aching, or cool one pain, or help one fainting robin undo his nest again, I shall not live in vain” Emily Dickenson

“All of us have the power to give happiness…  a listening ear, a seeing eye, an outstretched hand”  Pam Brown

“The best portion of a good man’s life, his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love”  William Wordsworth

“A lifetime of little kindnesses may well outweigh one great achievement”  Pam Brown

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted”  Aesop

“Life presents a never ending series of opportunities to perform little acts of caring.  Don’t miss even one”  Stuart and Linda Macfarlane

“Do ordinary things with extraordinary love:  little things like caring for the sick and the homeless, the lonely and the unwanted, washing and cleaning for them”  Mother Teresa

“It is the small, insignificant, simple gestures that make life bearable.  A smile, a touch, a word, a kindness, a concern”  Pam Brown

“Never lose a chance of saying a kind word”  William Makepeace Thackery

“One amiable bus driver can transform the day of hundreds.  Small kindnesses lighten any load”  Pam Brown

“The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions – the little, soon forgotten charities of a kiss, a smile, a kind look, a heartfelt compliment… and the countless other infinitesimals of pleasant thought and feeling” Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“The subject of love is inexhaustible.  In that little word is hidden the key to our own happiness as well as to the survival of the world”  Prayers for a Thousand Years Ed. E Roberts & E Amidon

“Cultivating a close, warm-hearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease.  This helps remove whatever fears or insecurities we may have and gives us the strength to cope with any obstacles we encounter.  It is the ultimate source of success in life”  The Dalai Lama

“A joyful heart is the inevitable result of a heart burning with love”  Mother Teresa

“The fruits of the spirit are love, joy and peace”  from ‘Grace’ magazine

“One’s life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation, and compassion”  Simone De Beauvior

“The moment we indulge our affections, the earth is metamorphosed:  there is no winter and no night:  all tragedies, all ennui’s vanish – all duties even”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

“When I give, I give myself”  Walt Whitman

“The simple things are often best:  A simple, helping hand, a kindly thought, the simple phrase ‘Of course, I understand’” Anne Kreer

“Most people don’t just want soup, they want contact where they are appreciated, loved, feel wanted and find some peace in their hearts.  It’s the personal touch which matters”  Sister Dolores

“Those who are unhappy have no need for anything in this world but people capable of giving them attention”  Simone Weil

“There never was any heart truly great and generous, that was not also tender and compassionate”  Robert South

“Empathy is your pain in my heart”  Author Unknown

“The kindness I have longest remembered has been of this sort, the sort unsaid; so far behind the speaker’s lips that almost it already lay in my heart.  It did not have far to go to be communicated”  Henry David Thoreau

“The only gift is a portion of yourself.  The gift without the giver is bare”  James Russell Lowell

“Do not pursue spectacular deeds.  What matters is the gift of your self, the degree of love that you put into each one of your actions”  Mother Teresa

“If someone listens, or stretches out a hand, or whispers a kind word of encouragement, or attempts to understand a lonely person, extraordinary things begin to happen”  Loretta Girzartis

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

“Love turns duty into joy”  Stuart and Linda Macfarlane

So long as we love, we serve. So long as we are loved by others, I would almost say we are indispensable; and no man is useless while he has a friend”  Robert Louis Stevenson

“Selfless duty is the silent voice of love” Stuart and Linda Macfarlane

“But when we make an effort to move ourselves away from self and begin to concentrate on the needs of others and how to serve them, we begin to heal.  Service is balm to both the spirit and body”  Betty Eadie

“Familiar acts are beautiful through love” Percy Bysshe Shelley

“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 only need a heart full of grace.  A soul generated by love” Martin Luther

“Only a life lived for others is worth living” Albert Einstein

“If I have been of service, if I have glimpsed more of the nature and essence of ultimate good, if I am inspired to reach wider horizons of thought and action, if I am at peace with myself, it has been a successful day” Alex Noble

“Love cannot remain by itself – it has no meaning.  Love has to be put into action and that action is service” Mother Teresa

“Friendships make our world” Author Unknown

“I said ‘friendship is the greatest bond in the world’ and I had reason for it, for it is all the bands that this world hath” Jeremy Taylor

“The world is so wide and each of us so small – yet bound by friendship we are giants” Pam Brown

“When we remember the good things we have done, the times of generosity and caring, the times of holding back from hurting someone, we can rejoice in our own goodness.  We do good because it frees the heart” Sharon Salzberg

“All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love” Leo Tolstoy

“Spiritual energy brings compassion into the real world.  With compassion, we see benevolently our own human condition and the condition of our fellow human beings.  We drop prejudice.  We withhold judgement”  Christina Baldwin

“Compassion is the basis of all morality”  Arthur Schopenhauer”

“We need each other to share the mysteries of life and death, to give substance to our joy and sorrows, to help us on our journey, and to remind us that we are all one”  Author Unknown

Benevolence doesn’t consist in those who are prosperous pitying and helping those who are not.  Benevolence consists in fellow feeling that puts you upon actually the same level with the fellow who suffers” Woodrow Wilson

“O Great Spirit, help me never judge another until I have walked two weeks in his moccasins”  Edwin Laughing Fox

“We need to see the homeless for who they are and see that we need them as much as they need us.  Only by recognising that we’re all roommates in the house of life together can we clean up our house and make it liveable again” William Lawyer

“When indeed shall we learn that we are all related one to the other… Until the spirit of love for our fellow men, regardless of race, colour or creed, shall fill the world.. until the great mass of the people shall be filled with the sense of responsibility for each other’s welfare, social justice can never be attained” Helen Keller

“The response to people different to oneself must be an eagerness to learn, a recognition of he things you share” Pam Brown

“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion.  People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than the opposite” Nelson Mandela

“Do we look at the poor with compassion?  They are hungry not only for food; they are hungry to be recognised as human beings.  They are hungry for dignity and to be treated as we are treated.  They are hungry for love” Mother Teresa

“It is not what you have in your pocket that is so important.. It’s what you have in your heart”  Cardinal Bernadin

“You know that compared to most we have lived the life of royalty.  We have had time for laughter, time for dreams.  Out of our rich lives we can spare something for those who lack such necessities.  We must.  From love. Pam Brown

“So long as little children are allowed to suffer, there is no true love in this world”  Isadora Duncan

“Love is all we have; the only way that each can help the other” Euripides

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it for anyone else” Charles Dickens

“Children who have suffered beyond belief can learn to smile again with patience and with love” Pam Brown

“Love is not patronising and charity isn’t about pity, it is about love.  Charity and love are the same – with charity you give love, so don’t just give money but reach out your hand instead” Mother Teresa

“Be kind – everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle”  John Watson

“The poor need more than gifts.  They need to be needed” Pam Brown

“Charity is never lost: it may meet with ingratitude, or be of no service to those on whom it was bestowed, yet it ever does a work of beauty and grace upon the heart of the giver” Conyers Middleton

“Those who care for the terribly injured in mind or body are astounded by their courage.  It reignites their own – a mutual interchange of hope  Pam Brown

“Often with poorest people you cannot completely alleviate their problem but by being with them, by being for them, whatever you can do for them makes a difference” Brother Geoff (Missionaries of Charity Brothers)

“Where there is sorrow, where there is pain, where there is fear – then loving kindness grows”  Pam Brown

“Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get – only what you are expecting to give” Katherine Hepburn

“Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness.  Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness” George Sand

“Giving is a joy if we do it in the right spirit.  It all depends on whether we think of it as ‘What can I spare?’ or as ‘What can I share?’ Esther York

“I have found that there is a tremendous joy in giving.  It is a very important part of the joy of living” William Black

“You are forgiven for your happiness and your successes only if you generously consent to share them” Albert Camus

“They who give have all things; they who withhold have nothing”   Hindu Proverb

“Giving and taking, taking and giving, in affection and goodwill, weaves all mankind into a simple family” Pam Brown

“I had found a kind of serenity.. It seemed no longer important whether everyone loved me or not – more important now was for me to love them.  Feeling that way turns your whole life around; living becomes the act of giving” Beverly Sills

“The love we give away is the only love we keep” Elbert Hubbard

“We know that God’s arithmetic is somewhat odd.  When you subtract by giving away, you get more.  When you seek to hoard, somehow you lose out” Archbishop Desmond Tutu

“I like to see the person’s face light up with joy, and the rustling of the wrapping paper being torn off the present.  It’s so nice when they thank you for the present, and that warms you all over” Paul Owen, age 13

“The source of love is deep in us and we can help others realise a lot of happiness.  One word, one action, one thought can reduce another person’s suffering and bring that person joy”  Thich Nhat Hanh

“If you spend time with a person then that is as much an expression of love as what you can do for them” Brother Geoff

“Compassion acts like rain upon dry ground” Maya V Patel

“’I care for you’ is a tepid declaration.  ‘I will care for you’ is an act of love” Pam Brown

“It is in the shelter of each other that the people live” Irish proverb

“In the gentle relief of another’s care, in the darkness of night and the winter’s snow, in the naked and outcast, seek Love there” William Blake

“We want people to feel with us more than to act for us” George Eliot

“The efficient nurse brings respite.  The caring nurse brings joy” Pam Brown

“Compassion – literally ‘suffering with’ – is born out of feeling the rawness of the heart, which also makes us more sensitive to others” John Welwood

“Love is comfort in sadness, quietness in tumult, rest in weariness, hope in despair” Marion C Garretty

“Compassion is being in tune with oneself, the other person (s) and the whole world.  It is goodness at its most intuitive and unreflective.  It is harmony which opens itself and permits the flowing out of love towards others without asking any reward.  David Brandon

“It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put in the doing – that’s compassion in action” Mother Teresa

“What value has compassion that does not take its object in its arms?” Antoine De Saint-Exupery

“All the beautiful sentiments in world weigh less than a single lovely action” James Russell Lowell

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

“So many people say they want to save the world.  Just try your block will you”  Rev. Cecil Williams

“The outrage of hunger amidst plenty will never be solved by “experts” somewhere.  It will only be solved when people like you or me decide to act.  Frances Moore Lappe

“Indifference is the invincible giant of the world” Ouida

“Life is short and we have not too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are travelling in the dark way with us.  Oh, be swift to love!  Make haste to be kind”.  Henri Frederic Amiel

“We have too many high-sounding words and too few actions that correspond with them”.  Abigail Adams

“I thought, ‘Why doesn’t someone do something about this?’  And then I realised I am someone” Author Unknown

“One of the deepest secrets of life is that all that is really worth doing is what we do for others” Lewis Carroll

“Each human creature is alone – but acts of kindness take away our loneliness, for we discover that others are concerned for us” Pam Brown

“You have not lived a perfect day, even though you have earned your money, unless you have done something for someone who will never be able to repay you”  Ruth Seltzer

“May no one ever come to you without going away better and happier.  Everyone should see kindness in your face, in your eyes, in your smile” Mother Teresa

“Always be a little kinder than necessary” James M Barrie

“Never feel your life has been wasted.  You will never know the lives you’ve touched…  The doors you’ve opened.  The reassurance you have given.  An absent minded kindness.  A word, a smile, can have changed a life forever.  No good is ever lost”.  Charlotte Gray

“A kind heart understands a need before it’s spoken – and answers it so quietly it seems coincidence. Pam Brown

“When you are kind to someone in trouble, you hope they’ll remember and be kind to someone else.  And it’ll become like a wildfire” Whoopi Goldberg

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are endless” Mother Teresa

“One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life.  That word is love” Sophocles

“We can, as individuals, do so little to help the suffering in the world.  Yet we can reach out to those within our knowledge.  Treating them with the respect that they deserve” Pam Brown

“If something comes to life in others because of you, then you have made an approach to immortality” Norman Cousins

“Hate cannot destroy hate, but love can and does.  Not the soft and negative thing that has carried the name and misrepresented the emotion, but love that suffers all things and is kind, love that accepts responsibility” Daniel A Poling

“How bright, how clear this light, this love that shines out in a shadowed world” Pam Brown

You do not need special gurus or Babas to grow.  Teachers come in all forms and disguises.  Children terminally ill, a cleaning woman.  All the theories and science in the world could not help anyone as much as one human unafraid to open his heart to another” Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend” Martin Luther King Jnr

“There is no need to go searching for a remedy for the evils of the time.  The remedy exists – it is the gift of one’s self to those who have fallen so low that even hope fails them” Rene Bazin

“Without the human community one single human being cannot survive”  The Dalai Lama

“Love alone is capable of uniting human beings in such a way as to complete and fulfil them, for it alone takes them and joins them by what is deepest in themselves” Pierre Teilhard De Chardin

“Every step that has been really gained in the world has been gained by love, criticising can never do any good, it has been tried for thousands of years.  Condemnation accomplishes nothing” Swami Vivekananda

“We cannot live only for ourselves.  A thousand fibres connect us with our fellow men, and among those fibres, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects” Herman Melville

“And all people live, not by reason of any care they have for themselves, but by the love for them that is in other people” Leo Tolstoy

“This is what sets this tiny opal of a planet off from a million greater worlds – the possibility of kindness – the possibility of care” Pam Brown

“It is not the threat of death, illness, hardship, or poverty that crushes the human spirit; it’s the fear of being alone and unloved in the universe”  Anthony Walsh