Life is not a dress rehearsal. Stop practicing what you're going to do and just go do it. --Marilyn Grey

Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you’ve got to say, and say it hot. --D. H. Lawrence

They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel. --Carl W. Buechne

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. --Winston Churchill

A passive and ignorant citizenry will never create a sustainable world. --Andrew Gaines

Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door. --Kyle Chandler

for inspiration

Service Songs and Quotes

Everyone needs a little inspiration from time to time! I found an awesome list of service songs and quotes from Youth Service America:

MAShare these quotes and listen to these songs with others. My favorite service song, Taylor Swift’s “Change” has given me motivation to keep working towards my goals on the toughest days.


Wailin' Jennys - â€śOne Voice”
Jason Mraz - "Sunshine Song"
Whitney Houston - "Greatest Love Of All"                                                              
Rachel Kurtz - "Make a Difference"
U2 - "Beautiful Day"
The Youngbloods - "Get Together"
Donavon Frankenreiter - "Life, Love & Laughter"
Andy Grammer  - "Ladies"   
Session Road - "Hand In Hand"  
Playing for Change - "What a Wonderful World" 
Idina Menzel - "I Stand" 
Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez - "Send It On"
U2 - "Pride (In The Name Of Love)"
Black Eyed Peas - "One Tribe"
Demi Lovato and Joe Jonas - "Make a Wave"
Natalie Grant - "What Are You Waiting For"
Playing for Change - "United"
McClain Sisters - "Rise" (from Disneynature's Chimpanzee)
Bob Marley - "Get Up, Stand Up"
Jason Mraz - "Anything You Want"
Bridgit Mendle - "We Can Change The World" by Disney Friends for Change 
Rick Springfield - "Celebrate Youth"
Alabama - "Angels Among Us"  
Ne-Yo, Herbie Hancock, Johnny Rzeznik, Delta Rae, Natasha Bedingfield - "Forward: An Anthem for Obama's Second Term"  
Taylor Swift - "Change" 
Playing for Change - "A Better Place" 
Trans Siberian Orchestra - "Anno Domine"    
Mumford & Sons - "Below My Feet"     
Ne-Yo - "Heroes"   
Alex Boye and Carmen Rasmusen Herbert - "Have I Done Any Good?"   
The Script - "Hall of Fame" - "Yes We Can"  
Bob Dylan - "The Times They Are A-Changin'"   
Mason Jennings - "Ballad of Paul and Sheila"  
Jonathan Edwards - "This Island Earth"  
Bomshel - "Power of One" 
Parks and Recreation's Mouse Rat - "Catch Your Dream" 
Switchfoot - "Dare You To Move" 
Michael Jackson - “Heal the World”
Lee Coulter - "I Would Love" 
Jewel - "Hands" 
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - “Teach Your Children”
Beyonce - "I Was Here" (United Nations World Humanitarian Day Performance)
John Mellencamp - “Peaceful World”
Garth Brooks - "We Shall Be Free"
Jack Johnson - "Good People"
Jon Bon Jovi - "It's My Life" 
Playing for Change - "Imagine" by John Lennon 
Kid Rock - "Care"
Peter, Paul & Mary - "If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)"
The Byrds - "Turn, Turn, Turn"
Foo Fighters - "My Hero"
My Chemical Romance - "Sing"
PBS Digital Studios - "Mister Rogers Remixed: Garden of Your Mind" 
Jason Mraz - "I Won't Give Up" 
National Memorial Day Concert - "Armed Forces Medley" 
Fleetwood Mac - "Don't Stop" 
Bill Withers - "Lean On Me" 
Playing for Change - "Stand By Me" 
Elton John (Lion King) - "Circle of Life" 
Michael Jackson with various artists - "We Are The World" 
Tyrone Wells - "Freedom" 
Jason Mraz - "The World As I See It" 
Bruce Springsteen - "We Take Care of Our Own" 
John Legend - "If You're Out There" 
Yael Naim - "New Soul"     
Five for Fighting - "World"    
Emerson Hart - "Generation"    
Randy Travis - "Point of Light
Jon Bon Jovi - "We Weren't Born to Follow"   
John Mayer - "Waiting on the World to Change"
Nickelback - "When We Stand Together" 
Black Eyed Peas featuring Sting - "Union" 
James Taylor - "Shed a Little Light"   
Dion - "Abraham, Martin, and John" 
Goo Goo Dolls - "Better Days" 


A fixer has the illusion of being causal
a server knows s/he is being used in the service
of something greater,
essentially unknown.
We fix something specific.
We serve always something:
Wholeness and the mystery of life.
Fixing and helping are the work of the ego.
Serving is the work of the soul.
When you help, you see life as weak.
When you fix you see life as broken
When you serve you see life as whole.
Fixing and helping may cure. Service heals.
When I help, I feel satisfaction.
When I serve, I feel gratitude.
Fixing is a form of judgment.
Serving is a form of connection.
- Unknown 

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

It's up to us. A lot of people are waiting for Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi to come back - but they are gone. We are it. It is up to us. It is up to you.
-Marian Wright Edelman

It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself. 
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.
- William Shakespeare

"If you will think about what you ought to do for other people, your character will take care of itself."  
- President Woodrow Wilson

We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once. 
- Calvin Coolidge

One is not born into the world to do everything, but to do something.
- Henry David Thoreau

I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
- Edmund Everett Hale

A little light never hurt nobody, 
Send out your ray of sunshine. 
Oh, if this little light of mine 
Combined with yours today, 
How many watts could we luminate? 
How many villages could we save? 
If there's a light in everybody, 
Send out your ray of sunshine. 
- excerpts from "Sunshine Song" by Jason Mraz

"We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee."
- Marian Wright Edelman

"Service binds us to each other and to our community and to our country in a way that nothing else can."
- President Barack Obama

Someone asked the anthropologist Margaret Mead, "What is the first sign you look for, to tell you of an ancient civilization?" The interviewer had in mind a tool or article of clothing. Ms. Mead surprised him by answering, a "healed femur". When someone breaks a femur, they can't survive to hunt, fish or escape enemies unless they have help from someone else. Thus, a healed femur indicates that someone else helped that person, rather than abandoning them and saving themselves. Isn't that what we are all about? Healing femurs of one sort or another?
- Submitted to Energize, Inc.'s Volunteerism Quotes

"There is no problem in America that is not being solved somewhere."
- President George H.W. Bush

"There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America."
- President Bill Clinton

"The true meaning in life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit."
- Nelson Henderson

"Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago."
- Warren Buffett

"The United Nations can never succeed alone. Only by forming partnerships with governments, the private sector, and civil society around the world, can it change lives, save lives, strengthen democracy and human rights, and offer support, comfort, and protection to the poor, the sick, and the dispossessed. Volunteers are some of our most valued partners, and Global Youth Service Day celebrates the efforts of the youngest of them. These young people are not only the leaders of tomorrow; they can play a leading role in the development of their communities today. Let us hope that their good works today blossom into lifelong commitments that will benefit all the world's people."
- Kofi Annan, Former United Nations Secretary-General

"The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago.
The second best time is now."
- African proverb

"Perhaps the greatest social service that can be rendered by anybody to this country and to mankind is to bring up a family."
- George Bernard Shaw

"Compassion is an unstable emotion. It needs to be translated into action, or it withers." 
- Susan Sontag

"You have fully joined a generation of activists and doers.  And when you think about how your generation has come of age, that's pretty astounding.  I mean, you all have seen so much.  Just since you were in middle school, you've witnessed terrorism touch our soil, you've seen the cost of war reach into our communities.  You've watched unimaginable devastation and suffering in the aftermath of a tsunami; a hurricane; an earthquake.  You've felt the wrath of a recession that's changed your towns and even your families. Now, that's a whole lot to bear for any generation.  So, no one would have blamed you had you chosen to hunker down and turn inward; if you had simply focused on making sure that your own lives were secure. But so many of you have done the exact opposite.  Instead, you've dived in.  You've reached out. ...So for every ill of this interconnected world, you've tried to find a way to make good.  Where there's hate, you've tried to heal it. Where there's need, you've tried to fill it.  Where there's devastation, you've tried to rebuild it."
- First Lady Michelle Obama at The George Washington University Commencement Address - May 16, 2010

"A leader is best when people barely know he exists, not so good when people obey and acclaim him, worse when they despise him....But of a good leader who talks little when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say, 'We did it ourselves.' " 
- Lao Tzu

"Setting an example is not the main means of influencing another, it is the only means."
- Albert Einstein

"Leadership should be born out of the understanding of the needs of those who would be affected by it."
- Marian Anderson

"One person can make a difference, and every person should try."
- President John F. Kennedy

"I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers."
- Ralph Nader 

"You don't lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case."
- Ken Kesey

"If you ever think you're too small to be effective, you've never been in bed with a mosquito!"
- Anonymous

"Young people should be at the forefront of global change and innovation. Empowered, they can be key agents for development and peace. If, however, they are left on society's margins, all of us will be impoverished. Let us ensure that all young people have every opportunity to participate fully in the lives of their societies."
- Kofi Annan

"The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible, and achieve it, generation after generation."
- Pearl S. Buck

"Service-learning is academics in action."
- Senator John Glenn

"We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends."
- Mary McLeod Bethune 

"Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing."
- President Theodore Roosevelt

"Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity."
- Buddha

"How wonderful that no one need wait a single moment to improve the world." 
- Anne Frank

"As far as service goes, it can take the form of a million things. To do service, you don't have to be a doctor working in the slums for free, or become a social worker. Your position in life and what you do doesn't matter as much as how you do what you do."
- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

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

"Start where you are. Distant fields always look greener, but opportunity lies right where you are. Take advantage of every opportunity of service."
- Robert Collier

"How can I be useful, of what service can I be? There is something inside me, what can it be? 
- Vincent Van Gogh

"To give real service, you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity."
- Douglas Adams

"No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy, the kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure."
- Emma Goldman

"Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life, but define yourself."
- Harvey S. Firestone

"No one is born a good citizen; no nation is born a democracy. Rather, both are processes that continue to evolve over a lifetime. Young people must be included from birth. A society that cuts off from its youth severs its lifeline."
- Kofi Annan

"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."
- John Stewart Mill

"We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends." 
- Mary McLeod Bethune

"Age is foolish and forgetful when it underestimates youth."
- J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

"We must view young people not as empty bottles to be filled, but as candles to be lit." 
- Robert Shaffer

"You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result." 
- Mahatma Gandhi

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." 
- John Quincy Adams.

"I expect to pass through life but once.  If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again." 
- William Penn

"We recognize our own mortality, and we are reminded that in the fleeting time we have on this Earth, what matters is not wealth, or status, or power, or fame -- but rather, how well we have loved -- and what small part we have played in making the lives of other people better."
- President Barack Obama at Tucson Memorial Service, January 12

"Serve, serve, serve.  Because in the end, it will be the servants who save us all."
- Sargent Shriver 

"Most of the things worth doing in the world have been declared impossible before they were done."
- Justice Louis Brandeis

"If your contribution has been vital there will always be somebody to pick up where you left off, and that will be your claim to immortality."
- Walter Gropius

"One of the deep secrets of life is that all that is really worth doing is what we do for others."
- Lewis Carroll

"I wish to do something Great and Wonderful, but I must start by doing the little things like they were Great and Wonderful."
- Albert Einstein

"The purpose of life is a life of purpose.
- Robert Byrne 
"..things are never as complicated as they seem. It is only our arrogance that prompts us to find unnecessarily complicated answers to simple problems." 
- Muhammad Yunus

"The secret message communicated to most young people today by the society around them is that they are not needed, that the society will run itself quite nicely until they - at some distant point in the future - will take over the reigns. Yet the fact is that the society is not running itself nicely... because the rest of us need all the energy, brains, imagination and talent that young people can bring to bear down on our difficulties. For society to attempt to solve its desperate problems without the full participation of even very young people is imbecile." 
- Alvin Toffler

"The difficult, I'll do right now. The impossible will take a little while."
- Sung by Billy Holiday, Lyrics by Bob Russell

"The world is not dangerous because of those who do harm, but because of those who look at it without doing anything."
- Albert Einstein

"Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. We have seen the future, and the future is ours."
- Cesar Chavez

"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn."
- Benjamin Franklin

"I hope that every single one of you, and young people across the globe, will take up that work –- the work of helping others in need, the work of building stronger nations and a better world, because if we’re going to tackle the challenges of our time -– if we’re going to make our world safer and healthier and more prosperous and more free -– we are going to need the passion and the daring and the creativity of every last one of you.
- First Lady Michelle Obama

 "Someday after mastering winds, waves, tides and gravity, we shall harness the energies of love, and then, for the second time in the history of the world, man will discover fire."
- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

"The Youth of a Nation are the trustees of posterity."
- Benjamin Disrael

"Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person."
- Mother Teresa

"Vocation is where our greatest passion meets the world’s greatest need."
- Frederick Buechner

"To teach a man how he may learn to grow independently, and for himself, is perhaps the greatest service that one man can do another."
- Benjamin Jowett

"Great people talk about ideas. Average people talk about things. Small people talk about other people."
- Anonymous 

"Nothing could be worse than the fear that one had given up too soon, and left one unexpended effort that might have saved the world."
- Jane Addams

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
- Martin Luther King, Jr. 

"Live your life so your children can tell their children that you not only stood for something wonderful, you acted on it. 
- Dan Zander 

"The best way to predict the future is to invent it."
- Alan Kay 

"They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself." 
- Andy Warhol

"It isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And, it isn't enough to believe in it. One most work at it." 
- Eleanor Roosevelt 

"Children learn how to make good decisions by making decisions, not by following directions."
- Alfie Kohn 

"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." 
- Howard Thurman 

"A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm."
- Henrik Ibsen  

"The job of a citizen is to keep his mouth open."
- Gunter Grass

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then you are a leader."
- John Quincy Adams  

"The mind, once expanded to the dimensions of larger ideas, never returns to its original size."  
- Oliver Wendell Holmes  

"If you're not failing every now and again, it's a sign you're not doing anything very innovative."  
- Woody Allen    

"A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed."
- Henrik Ibsen  

"I cannot help fearing that men may reach a point where they look on every new theory as a danger, every innovation as a toilsome trouble, every social advance as a first step toward revolution, and that they may absolutely refuse to move at all."
- Alexis de Tocqueville   

"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. " 
- Steve Jobs  

"With all the challenges that our country is facing right now, we don't just need you for the future; we actually need you now.  America needs young people's passion and their ideas.  We need your energy right now.  I know you're up to it because I've seen it.  Nothing inspires me more than knowing that young people all across the country are already making their marks.  They're not waiting.  They're making a difference now. " 
- President Barack Obama, 2011 Back-to-School Speech 

"A different world cannot be built by indifferent people." 
- Peter Marshall  

"This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind, a temper of the will, a quality of imagination, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over the love of ease."
- Robert F. Kennedy    

"Great changes in the destiny of mankind can be effected only in the minds of little children."
- Sir Herbert Read

"Students should not only be trained to live in a democracy when they grow up; they should have the chance to live in one today."  
- Alfie Kohn

"The way to get things done is not to mind who gets the credit for doing them."
- Benjamin Jowett 

"The young, free to act on their initiative, can lead their elders in the direction of the unknown... The children, the young, must ask the questions that we would never think to ask, but enough trust must be re-established so that the elders will be permitted to work with them on the answers."
- Margaret Mead

"The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention."
- Oscar Wild

"General opinion's starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don't see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often it's not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it's always there - fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. ... If you look for it, I've got a sneaky feeling you'll find that love actually is all around."
- Love Actually