No one is useless in this world
who lightens the burden
of it to anyone else.
As to the kindness you mention, I wish I
could have been of more service to you
than I have been,
but if I had, the only thanks that I should desire
that you would
always be ready to serve any other person
that may need your assistance, and so let
good offices go
for humankind are all of a family. As for my own
when I am employed in serving others I do not look
as conferring favors but paying debts.
in their hearts, wise people know this truth: the only way
to help yourself is to help others.
ego is often deeply involved in the desire to help others. If
do not want your ego to be involved in this way, do not be available
for others unless you really want to be available. Do not feel
you should be available. Don't sacrifice yourself in any
go against your true feelings. Don't carry the cross for anyone
else. Make sure that there's no sense that helping others makes you a
better person or that it will gain you easy access into Heaven. Don't be a martyr.
greatest comfort of my old age,
and that which gives me the highest
satisfaction, is the pleasing remembrance
of the many benefits and friendly
I have done to others.
hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and
depend on the labors of other people, living and
and that I must exert myself in order to give
the same measure as I have received and am still
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us make one point. . . that we meet each other with a
when it is difficult to smile. . . . Smile at each
other, make time for each other in your family.
Helping others, that's
the main thing. The only way for us
to help ourselves
to help others and to listen to each other's stories.
only ones among you who
will be really happy
are those who
will have sought and found how to serve.
We who lived in
concentration camps can remember the people who
through the huts comforting others, giving away their
of bread. They may have been few in number,
but they offer sufficient
proof that everything can be
taken away from a person but one thing:
the last of the
human freedoms--to choose one's attitude in any given
of circumstances, to choose one's own way.
find, as you look back upon your life,
that the moments
that stand out are the moments
when you have done things
cure for worry, depression, melancholy,
go deliberately forth and try to lift with one's
the gloom of somebody else.
arts require long study
but the most
of all, that of pleasing, only the desire.
I may, I want it said
of me by
those who knew me best,
that I always
plucked a thistle
and planted a flower
thought a flower would grow.
I pray, I never pray for myself, always for others,
hold a silly, naive, or deadly serious dialogue
with what is deepest
inside me, which for the sake of
I call God. Praying
to God for something for
yourself strikes me as
being too childish
for words. To
pray for another's well-being
is something I find
as well; one should only pray that another
should have enough strength to
shoulder his burden. If
you do that, you lend him some of your own strength.
might not need me; but they might.
I'll let my head be just in sight;
A smile as small as mine might be
Precisely their necessity.
When one has
reverence for life, one will never do anything
hinder, or destroy life.
Instead one bends every
effort to help life to fulfill its highest destiny. One strives to
enhance, and assist life to make the most of
your eyes and look for a human being, or some work
devoted to human welfare,
which needs from someone a
little time or friendliness, a little sympathy, or
sociability, or labor.
There may be a solitary or an
embittered fellowman, an invalid, or an inefficient
to whom you can be something. Perhaps it is an old
person or a child. Or some good work
needs volunteers who
can offer a free evening, or run errands. Who can
the many ways in which that costly piece of
working capital, a human being,
can be employed? More of
him is wanted everywhere! Search, then,
investment for your humanity, and do not be frightened
if you have to wait, or to be taken on trial. And be
prepared for disappointments.
But in any case, do not be
without some secondary work in which you can
yourself as a human to other humans. It is marked out for you,
you only truly will to have it.
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The greatest happiness in the
world is to make others happy.
word to one in trouble is often like a switch on a
railroad track . . .
an inch between wreck and smooth,
Henry Ward Beecher
The healthy and strong individual is
the one who asks
for help when he or she needs it, whether one's
got an abscess on one's knee, or in one's soul.
We not only need to be willing to give,
also to be open to receiving from others.
To feel sorry for the needy is not
of a Christian--to help them is.
Frank A. Clark
my career, I have learned that giving of your services for free
you a good return on your investment, not just financially but
It supplements my personal integrity.
is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life
that you cannot sincerely try to help another without helping
helping yourself, you are helping humankind.
By helping humankind, you are helping yourself.
That's the law of all spiritual progress.
have not lived a perfect day, even though you have earned your
unless you have done something for someone who will
never be able to repay you.
studies imply that doing something with other people,
especially something for them, is the most powerful
of all stimuli to longevity and health.
|For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run their fingers through it
once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.
People, more than things, have to be restored, renewed,
reclaimed, and redeemed. Remember, if you ever need a helping
you will find one at the end of each of your arms.
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands,
for helping yourself and the other for helping others.