Be an opener of doors for such

Be an opener of doors for such as come after thee, and do not try to make the universe a blind alley.  ~Ralph Waldo EmersonCUL

A bone to the dog is not

A bone to the dog is not charity.  Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog.  ~Jack London

Past the seeker as he prayed came

Past the seeker as he prayed came the crippled and the beggar and the beaten.  And seeing them… he cried, "Great God, how is it that a loving creator can see such things and yet do nothing about them?"  God said, "I did do something.  I made you."  ~Author Unknown

There is no use whatever trying to

There is no use whatever trying to help people who do not help themselves.  You cannot push anyone up a ladder unless he is willing to climb himself.  ~Andrew CarnegieGCLE

How far that little candle throws his

How far that little candle throws his beams!
So shines a good deed in a naughty world.
~William Shakespeare, Merchant of Veniceact5 scene1 spoken by Portia, much later adapted to "So shines a good deed in a weary world" by David Seltzer for the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

To put the world right in order

To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.  ~ConfuciusGCLE

Sometime in your life hope that you

Sometime in your life, hope that you might see one starved man, the look on his face when the bread finally arrives.  Hope that you might have baked it or bought or even kneaded it yourself.  For that look on his face, for your meeting his eyes across a piece of bread, you might be willing to lose a lot, or suffer a lot, or die a little, even.  ~Daniel Berrigan

Everybody can be great because anybody serve

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 don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve.  You only need a heart full of grace.  A soul generated by love.  ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

Being a man or woman is matter

Being a man or a woman is a matter of birth.  Being a man or a woman who makes a difference is a matter of choice.  ~Byron Garrett

If you have time to whine and

If you have time to whine and complain about something then you have the time to do something about it.  ~Anthony J. D’Angelo, The College Blue Book

This is the true joy in life

This is the true joy in life – being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.  ~George Bernard Shaw

I am only one but one cannot

I am only one, but I am one.  I cannot do everything, but I can do something.  And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.  ~Edward Everett Hale

If everyone howled at every injustice act

If everyone howled at every injustice, every act of barbarism, every act of unkindness, then we would be taking the first step towards a real humanity.  ~Nelson DeMille

You may not have saved a lot

You may not have saved a lot of money in your life, but if you have saved a lot of heartaches for other folks, you are a pretty rich man.  ~Seth Parker

Love the earth and sun animals despise

Love the earth and sun and animals,
Despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks,
Stand up for the stupid and crazy,
Devote your income and labor to others…
And your very flesh shall be a great poem.
~Walt Whitman

The world is moved along not only

The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of tiny pushes of each honest worker.  ~Helen Keller

There are many in the world who

There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread, but there are many more dying for a little love.  ~Mother TeresaCSS5

The first question which the priest and

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked [on the Jericho Road] was:  "If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"  But… the good Samaritan reversed the question:  "If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"  ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you do a good job for

If you do a good job for others, you heal yourself at the same time, because a dose of joy is a spiritual cure.  ~Dietrich Bonhoeffer

If you pursue good with labor the

If you pursue good with labor, the labor passes away but the good remains; if you pursue evil with pleasure, the pleasure passes away and the evil remains.  ~Cicero

Each time a man stands up for

Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope… and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.  ~Robert F. Kennedy

When i was a young man wanted

When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world.  I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation.  When I found I couldn’t change the nation, I began to focus on my town.  I couldn’t change the town and as an older man, I tried to change my family.  Now, as an old man, I realize the only thing I can change is myself, and suddenly I realize that if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made an impact on my family.  My family and I could have made an impact on our town.  Their impact could have changed the nation and I could indeed have changed the world.  ~Author Unknown

Sometimes a man imagines that he will

Sometimes a man imagines that he will lose himself if he gives himself, and keep himself if he hides himself.  But the contrary takes place with terrible exactitude.  ~Ernest HelloCUL

Thousands of candles can be lighted from

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened.  Happiness never decreases by being shared.  ~Buddha