Top 31 Reasons to Get Outside Yourself

1. "No one can deny the persisting continuities of long traditions, sustained habitations, national languages, and cultural geographies, but there seems no reason except fear and prejudice to keep insisting on their separation and distinctiveness, as if that were all human life were about. Survival in fact is about connections between things." Edward Said

2. "People and their cultures perish in isolation, but they are born or reborn in contact with other men and women, with men and women of another culture, another creed, another race. If we do not recognize our humanity in others, we will not recognize it in ourselves." Carlos Fuentes

3. "Oh I get by with a little help from my friends." The Beatles

4. "There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed." Woodrow Wilson

5. "We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop there is at last a drop which makes it run over, so in a series of kindness there is at last one which makes the heart run over." James Boswell

6. "A person who sows seeds of kindness enjoys a perpetual harvest." Unknown

7. "The race of mankind would perish did they cease to aid each other. We cannot exist without mutual help. All therefore that need aid have a right to ask it from their fellow-men; and no one who has the power of granting can refuse it without guilt." Walter Dill Scott

8. "You will find that the mere resolve not to be useless, and the honest desire to help other people, will, in the quickest and most delicate ways, improve yourself." John Ruskin

9. "Always try to be a little kinder than necessary." Sir James Matthew Barrie

10. "Lose yourself in generous service and every day can be a most unusual day, a triumphant day, an abundantly rewarding day!" William Arthur Ward

11. "Wanted: More Praise I cannot help believing that the world will be a better and a happier place when people are praised more and blamed less; when we utter in their hearing the good we think and also gently intimate the criticisms we hope may be of service. For the world grows smaller every day. It will be but a family circle after a while." Francis Elizabeth Willard

12. "Whoever renders service to many puts himself in line for greatness--great wealth, great return, great satisfaction, great reputation, and great joy." Jim Rohn

13. "Kindness is never wasted. If it has no effect on the recipient, at least it benefits the bestower." Unknown

14. "When persons manifest the least kindness and love to me, O what power it has over my mind, while the opposite course has a tendency to harrow up all the harsh feelings and depress the human mind." Joseph Smith, Jr.

15. "Service helps break rigid patterns of relating and teaches new ways of give-and-take with other people. Volunteers consistently report improved friendships and better relationships within their families." John and Eleanor Raynolds

16. "Life is made up, not of great sacrifices or duties, but of little things, in which smiles and kindnesses, and small obligations, given habitually, are what win and preserve the heart and secure comfort." Sir Humphrey Davy

17. "Service opens windows in your life instead of just mirrors that always reflect yourself." Russell C. Taylor

18. "This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love; the more they give, the more they possess of that precious nourishing love from which flowers and children have their strength and which could help all human beings if they would take it without doubting." Rainer Maria Rilke

19. "A sure way for one to lift himself up is by helping to lift someone else." Booker T. Washington

20. "If you always give, you will always have." Chinese Proverb

21. "Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness, and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again." Og Mandino

22. "There were ten lepers healed, and only one turned back to give thanks, but it is to be noticed that our Lord did not recall His gift from the other nine because of their lack of gratitude. When we begin to lessen our acts of kindness and helpfulness because we think those who receive do not properly appreciate what is done for them, it is time to question our own motives." Clyde Francis Little

23. "Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolutions." Kahlil Gibran

24. "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle." Plato

25. "Consciously or unconsciously, every one of us does render some service or other. If we cultivate the habit of doing this service deliberately, our desire for service will steadily grow stronger, and will make, not only our own happiness, but that of the world at large." Mahatma Gandhi

26. "Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day." Sally Koch

27. "I can say with conviction that the struggle which evil necessitates is one of the greatest blessings. It makes us strong, patient, helpful men and women. It lets us into the soul of things and teaches us that although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcomings of it. My optimism, then, does not rest on the absence of evil, but on a glad belief in the preponderance of good and a willing effort always to cooperate with the good, that it may prevail." Helen Keller

28. "Kind words do not cost much. They never blister the tongue or lips. Mental trouble was never known to arise from such quarters. Though they do not cost much yet they accomplish much. They make other people good natured. They also produce their own image on men's souls, and a beautiful image it is." Blaise Pascal

29. "A person starts to live when he can live outside himself." Blaise Pascal

30. "Small service is true service while it lasts. Of humblest friends, bright creature! scorn not one: The daisy, by the shadow that it casts, Protects the lingering dewdrop from the sun." William Wordsworth

31. "Life's most urgent question is: what are you doing for others?" Martin Luther King