go ahead, quote them: 10 slamming quotes about serving others

Written by Amy L. Sullivan

SERVE Editor Word lover. Book devourer. Music addict. Amy is a Northern girl who found herself living in the South. She drinks sweet tea, turns her nose up at okra, and attempts to tell her daughters "yella" isn't a color.

August 15, 2013

quotes about serving others

Quotes about serving others from a few of the greats. Go ahead, quote them.

1.  But just as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in  your love for us—see that you also excel in the grace of giving. 2 Corinthians 8:7.

2. “If we do not lay out ourselves in the service of mankind whom should we serve?”- John Adams

3. “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.

4.  “I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.” Albert Schweitzer

5.  “It’s an amazing thing to think that ours is the FIRST GENERATION in history that can really put an end to injustice and extreme poverty. We let our own pathetic excuses about how it’s “difficult” justify our own inaction. Be honest. We have the science, the technology, and the wealth. What we don’t have is the will, and that’s not a reason that history will accept.” ― Bono, U2

6.  We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. Romans 15:1-2

7.  “Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time.” ―Marian Wright Edelman

8.  “You have not lived a day until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” ―John Bunyan

9. “I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.”  ―Maya Angelou

10. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16

What about you? Do you have a favorite quote, verse, or saying about serving others?


  1. Patricia W Hunter

    A quote I’ve heard in various forms that speaks to me every time goes something like this: “You’ll know you are truly a servant in how you react when you are treated like one.”

    • Amy L. Sullivan

      Bam! I haven’t heard this one, Patricia. That’s really good.

  2. SimplyDarlene

    This applies to lots of areas in life too:

    Do what you can
    with what you have
    while you are able.


    • Amy L. Sullivan

      YES, that one is a favorite. Why didn’t I include it?

  3. David Rupert

    “It might be the devil. It might be the Lord. But you gotta serve somebody.” — Bob Dylan


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go ahead, quote them: 10 slamming quotes about serving others

by Amy L. Sullivan time to read: 2 min