Every once in a while, it’s nice to be inspired by the philanthropic-minded people that have worked hard to make our world a better place. Here are some thoughtful words from humanitarians, activists, and powerful individuals with a penchant for philanthropy.
“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.” – Maya Angelou
“We are responsible for the world in which we find ourselves, if only because we are the only sentient force which can change it.” – James Baldwin
“The test of a civilization is in the way that it cares for its helpless members.” – Pearl S. Buck
“If you’re in the luckiest 1% of humanity, you owe it to the rest of humanity to think about the other 99%.” – Warren Buffett
“Wealth is not to feed our egos but to feed the hungry and to help people help themselves.” – Andrew Carnegie.
“It is every man’s obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it.” – Albert Einstein
“The only gift is a portion of thyself.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Nothing brings me more happiness than trying to help the most vulnerable people in society. It is a goal and an essential part of my life – a kind of destiny.” – Diana, Princess of Wales
“How wonderful that no one need wait a single moment to improve the world.” Anne Frank
“If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.” – John F. Kenned
“Life’s persistent and most urgent questions is ‘What are you doing for others?’” – Martin Luther King Jr.
“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of whose who have too much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
“I choose to rise up out of that storm and see that in moments of desperation, fear, and helplessness, each of us can be a rainbow of hope, doing what we can to extend ourselves in kindness and grace to one another.” – Oprah Winfrey