20 quotes to keep you inspired and committed to doing good

Friday is upon us. Before you power down your computer for the weekend, consider these 20 quotes we love about taking action and changing the world.

The importance of taking action




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 verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.  -Martin Luther King, Jr.

To serve is beautiful, but only if it is done with joy and a whole heart and a free mind. -Pearl S. Buck

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. -Richard Buckminster Fuller

It is not enough to be compassionate – you must act. -The Dalai Lama



The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. -Gandhi

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. -Winston Churchill

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. -William James

The willingness to share does not make one charitable; it makes one free. -Robert Brault


The power of small steps



The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you can alter, even by a millimeter, the way people look at reality, then you can change the world. -James Baldwin

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. -Margaret Mead

One person with passion is better than forty people merely interested. -E.M. Forster

No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted. -Aesop



Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. -Theodore Roosevelt

I wish to do something Great and Wonderful, but I must start by doing the little things like they were Great and Wonderful. -Albert Einstein

People say, “What is the sense of our small effort?” They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time. -Dorothy Day

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. -St. Francis of Assisi


Your turn: What quotes keep you inspired?


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    • Geetha Ghai
    • September 8, 2013

    Quotes – This was, is and will be a great idea. Please continue publishing it of and on. I learn about many organizations from idealist and enjoy the articles. Keep it going.

    • Najee
    • September 10, 2013

    “People who really want to make a difference in the world usually do it, in one way or another. And I’ve noticed something about people who make a difference in the world: They hold the unshakable conviction that individuals are extremely important, that every life matters. They get excited over one smile. They are willing to feed one stomach, educate one mind, and treat one wound. They aren’t determined to revolutionize the world all at once; they’re satisfied with small changes. Over time, though, the small changes add up. Sometimes they even transform cities and nations, and yes, the world.” – Beth Clark, Kisses from Katie

  1. «Tell someone what you want to do and someone will want to help you do it» —W. Clement Stone

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