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

Have you had a kindness shown pass

Have you had a kindness shown?
Pass it on;
‘Twas not given for thee alone,
Pass it on;
Let it travel down the years,
Let it wipe another’s tears,
‘Til in Heaven the deed appears –
Pass it on.
~Henry Burton, Pass It OnMCTO

What we have done for ourselves alone

What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.  ~Albert PikeNov03mail (Thanks, Carl)

You give but little when you of

You give but little when you give of your possessions.  It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.  ~Kahlil Gibran

Even if its a little thing do

Even if it’s a little thing, do something for those who have need of a man’s help, something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it.  For, remember, you don’t live in a world all your own.  Your brothers are here too.  ~Albert Schweitzer

Volunteers are the only human beings on

Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another.  ~Erma Bombeck

Something that has always puzzled me all

Something that has always puzzled me all my life is why, when I am in special need of help, the good deed is usually done by somebody on whom I have no claim.  ~William Feather

No one who achieves success does so

No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others.  The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.  ~Author Unknown

The work an unknown good man has

The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground green.  ~Thomas Carlyle

The broadest and maybe the most meaningful

The broadest, and maybe the most meaningful definition of volunteering:  Doing more than you have to because you want to, in a cause you consider good.  ~Ivan Scheier

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