A Thousand Reasons

Why We Do What We Do

For Others. For Ourselves.

“Helping others is the oxygen of paradise.” ― J.F. Anstead

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”– Nelson Mandela

“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”
― Margaret Mead

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” – John Dewey

“Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.” – George Washington Carver

“Education is the movement from darkness to light.” – Allan Bloom

“The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.” – Sydney J. Harris

“Education: the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty.”
― Mark Twain

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”
― Aristotle

“Marriage can wait, education cannot.”
― Khaled Hosseini, A Thousand Splendid Suns

“A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.”
― Nelson Mandela

“Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.”
― C.S. Lewis

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” – William Butler Yeats

“The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.” – Herbert Spencer

“The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one.” – Malcolm Forbes

“You are always a student, never a master. You have to keep moving forward.” – Conrad Hall

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin

“The only fence against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.” – John Locke

“It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.” – Albert Einstein

“The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.” – Diogenes

“In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards.” – Mark Twain

“It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.” – James Thurber

“The thinking man must oppose all cruel customs, no matter how deeply rooted in tradition and surrounded by a halo. When we have a choice, we must avoid bringing torment and injury into the life of another, even the lowliest creature; but to do so is to renounce our manhood and shoulder a guilt which nothing justifies.” ― Albert Schweitzer

“To really change the world, we have to help people change the way they see things. Global betterment is a mental process, not one that requires huge sums of money or a high level of authority. Change has to be psychological. So if you want to see real change, stay persistent in educating humanity on how similar we all are than different. Don’t only strive to be the change you want to see in the world, but also help all those around you see the world through commonalities of the heart so that they would want to change with you. This is how humanity will evolve to become better. This is how you can change the world. The language of the heart is mankind’s main common language.” ― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“A great leader must serve the best interests of the people first, not those of multinational corporations. Human life should never be sacrificed for monetary profit. There are no exceptions.” ― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“We can all make a difference in the lives of others in need, because it is the most simple of gestures that make the most significant of differences.” ― Miya Yamanouchi

“Live for your country, die to yourself; live for yourself, die to your country.” ― Anthony Liccione

“I was hell-bent on being an effective humanitarian in Cambodia and Somalia. But a naïve fog is finally lifting. Revealed is a train wreck of illusions, the depravity of someone else’s war, the futility of a competence stillborn there. To understand this you have to become this.” ― Kenneth Cain, Emergency Sex (And Other Desperate Measures): True Stories from a War Zone

“Compassion without discipline is egregious self-sabotage.” ― Stefan Molyneux

“A God out there and values out there, if they existed, would be utterly useless and unintelligible to us. There is nothing to be gained by nostalgia for the old objectivism, which was in any case used only to justify arrogance, tyranny, and cruelty. People [forget] … how utterly hateful the old pre-humanitarianism world was.” ― Don Cupitt, Crisis Of Moral Authority

“In lifting another person, we also lift ourselves.” ― Seth Adam Smith, Your Life Isn’t for You: A Selfish Person’s Guide to Being Selfless

“The humanitarian is a treasure hunter seeking gems of remedy and appreciation.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich, Making Wishes: Quotes, Thoughts, & a Little Poetry for Every Day of the Year

“More than Christianity, the religion of Victorian times was a belief in human advance – the conviction that freed from ignorance and superstition, humanity could expand its power and be master of its destiny.” ― John N. Gray

“The secret is…good and evil are a myth. There is only the selfish, selfless, and those in between.” ― Belart Wright

“At times we feel outnumbered in our attempts to improve the world—to brighten and beautify, to preserve and heal and do what’s best for humanity. Selfless efforts can start to feel beleaguering, discouraging, even pointless with so little support. It is at these times I remind myself that I would rather be the last Good Samaritan standing than to join the ranks of selfish multitudes creating misery.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich, Making Wishes: Quotes, Thoughts, & a Little Poetry for Every Day of the Year

“Everyone smiles in the same language.” ― Anonymous

“I look upon the whole world as my fatherland, & every war has to me the horror od a family feud. I look upon the true patriotism as the brotherhood of man & the service to of all to all. The only fighting that saves is the one that helps the world toward liberty, justice & an abundant life for all.” ― Helen Keller, Rebel Lives: Helen Keller

“Be informed here and now that incessant prayers does  not finger God to open the Windows of heaven. What God wants to see Is your passion towards success and your giving drive…nothing else!”
― Michael Bassey Johnson, The Infinity Sign

“Our greatest responsibility is to be good ancestors.” ― Dr. Jonas Salk

“If I believe in humanity and all that encompasses it including being kind and respectful of others, then I hereby declare that my love extends to gay, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders.” ― Gloria D. Gonsalves

“Not everyone who has helped or is helping you wanted or wants to help you.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“As the sun lives on when it sets in the warmth it has given to others, you too will live on in the hearts of those whose lives you have touched.” ― Matshona Dhliwayo

“A humanitarian seldom makes a good lover. For a lover’s world revolves around their lover, while a humanitarian’s world revolves around the world.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“Life is short. Life is uncertain. But we know that we have today. And we have each other. I believe that for each of us, there is a place on the frontlines.” ― Eric Greitens, The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL

“The purpose of any charity is simply to turn people’s mirrors into windows. An outward view of the world’s needs are vast in comparison to an inward one.” ― Shannon L. Alder, 300 Questions to Ask Your Parents Before It’s Too Late

“Behind tranquillity lies conquered unhappiness.” ― J. William T. Youngs, Eleanor Roosevelt: A Personal and Public Life

“We discovered that peace at any price is no peace at all…that life at any price has no value whatever; that life is nothing without the privileges, the prides, the rights, the joys that make it worth living and also worth giving…and that there is something more hideous, more atrocious than war or than death; and that is to live in fear.”
― Ève Curie

“You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.”
― Brigham Young

“Camus and Henry waved to me from that muddy truck. They both wanted me to get over myself.
So, this was me, getting over myself. And it was about time.”
― Laura Anderson Kurk, Perfect Glass

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.”
― Bil Keane

“God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas but for scars.”
― Elbert Hubbard

“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”
― Mahatma Gandhi


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