Quotes on Service


“The purpose of life is not to win. The purpose of life is to grow and to share. When you come to look back on all that you have done in life, you will get more satisfaction from the pleasure you have brought into other people’s lives than you will from the times that you outdid and defeated them.” ~ Harold Kushner

“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.

“Show me a man who cannot be bothered to do little things and I’ll show you a man who cannot be trusted to do big things.” ~ Lawrence D. Bell

“Doing nothing for others is the undoing of one’s self. We must be purposely kind and generous, or we miss the best part of existence. The heart that goes out of itself gets large and full of joy. This is the great secret of the inner life. We do ourselves the most good doing something for others.” ~ Horace Mann

“If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a months, get married. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, serve others.” ~ Chinese proverb

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“All of us are born for a reason, but all of us don’t discover why. Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It’s what you do for others.” ~ Danny Thomas

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” ~ Mohandas K. Gandhi

“Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love.” Therese de Lisieux

“Service is the measure of greatness; it always has been true; it is true today, and it always will be true, that he is greatest who does the most of good. Nearly all of our controversies and combats grow out of the fact that we are trying to get something from each other–there will be peace when our aim is to do something for each other. The human measure of a human life is its income; the divine measure of a life is its outgo, its overflow–its contribution to the welfare of all.” ~ William Jennings Bryan


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    Me encanta mucho el tema del liderazgo que John a investigado,
    quiero levantar un obra para Dios en servicio de los hombres viviendo estos principios.
    me gustaria estar en el equipo de trabajo de Jonh C. Maxwel
    existira alguna oportunidad…
    Ubicacion Bogotá Colombia.

    Charles Roman.


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    Uche says:

    These are wonderful quotes John. Service to the living remains one of the highest calling. May we serve with joy

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    Tim says:

    Incredible quotes on service. Words that serve us well. Thank you John for providing value to others

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    Kent says:

    Thanks for the quotes, I think we should have quotes from bible as well because Jesus Christ uses His life to serve us.

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    Mike says:

    Make Someone Happy.
    Make just one someone happy.
    And you will be Happy too!
    Jimmy Durante

    Loving your latest book on growth John!
    Very, Very Blessed. Mike

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    PastorMason says:

    Outstanding quotes here! Loved MLK’s. Thank you!

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    Manny says:

    Love It!!

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    Stephen says:

    I think Mr. Emerson has said it completely.

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    Rebecca says:

    It was refreshing to find your website this morning and read these leadership quotes. Thank you!

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    Mafingei Myamwanza says:

    Thank you for the quotes which in no uncertain terms confirm that this World could be a better place if we all understood the meaning if giving!
    I have sent the quotes to as many if my friends as possible so that more people get to hear these wise words .

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    Kumar Gauraw says:

    Excellent quotes. Very refreshing to see this coming in the morning. Thank you for sharing, John.

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    Nomsa Gwatiringa says:

    Happy New Year Sir John Maxwell,

    Profound words I must say and they reached me at the right moment, thanks to Mafingeyi Nyamwanza, I would love to receive them everyday.

    God Bless You for impacting leaders with the great wisdom that God has endowed you with. You are a blessing to the leadership in the House of God and the world at large.

    Thank you Sir.

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    Philip Mudimu says:

    If only all of mankind would be willing to give and not to take away from each other we would have no conflicts and wars. This world would certainly be a better place to live in.

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    the greatest food for this universe is something that you feed for nobody that gives creative energy that continously flows and bear fruits of greatness through out generation….

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    Thank you sir for these wonderful quotes. They are simply inspiring!

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    I really needed the encouragement. Thank you for all of the quotes. You don’t know how much it means. It was well timed.

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    Erica Stuart says:

    Thank you for the Great quotes! They are so true. Some things to think about and live by. Thank You for being such an inspiration.