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Get Inspired To Give Back With These Quotes

Most of us have experienced the warmth of a kind gesture from another person. It’s a feeling that, when reciprocated, can start a domino effect of generosity.

Giving back does more than make us feel good — it can help shape communities and individuals. When people give back, they invest in something bigger than themselves. It’s about making a positive impact, starting a chain reaction that not only affects those directly involved, but also often inspires others to do the same.

And these generous acts can look different for everyone. Volunteering is a common way to show up for your community, as is making donations. Even small gestures such as helping a neighbor with household tasks are helpful and meaningful. For the giver, it can also instill a renewed sense of gratitude and humility, reminding us of the privilege of being in a position to help — and the responsibility that comes with it.

The power of giving back lies not just in its ability to help those in need, but in the way it fosters empathy and connection. It’s about a collective effort toward a common good. Here are 14 quotes that help illustrate the power and significance of giving back.

It’s easier to take than to give. It’s nobler to give than to take. The thrill of taking lasts a day. The thrill of giving lasts a lifetime.
Joan Marques

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The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.
Coretta Scott King

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I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.
Maya Angelou

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

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I never think about what I want. It's about what you want to give to other people.
Oprah Winfrey

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The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.
Helen Keller

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Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.
Francis of Assisi

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Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.
Booker T. Washington

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We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But if that drop was not in the ocean, I think the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.
Mother Teresa

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No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else.
Charles Dickens

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If you knew what I know about the power of giving, you would not let a single meal pass without sharing it in some way.
Buddha

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We are not put on this earth for ourselves, but are placed here for each other. If you are there always for others, then in time of need, someone will be there for you.
Jeff Warner

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The importance of doing activist work is precisely because it allows you to give back and to consider yourself not as a single individual … but to be a part of an ongoing historical movement.
Angela Davis

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You can always, always give something, even if it is only kindness!
Anne Frank

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