100 Quotes About Helping Others That Will Empower You

By Maxime Lagacé

Maxime is the founder of WisdomQuotes. He has been collecting quotes since 2004. His goal? To help you develop a calm and peaceful mind. Learn more about him on his about page.

Here are 100 of the most inspiring quotes about helping others. The goal? To empower you to give more than you take today. You’ll discover quotes by Rumi, Lao Tzu, Dalai Lama, and more. Enjoy!

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Help others win. You win. Jake Haynes

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If a man is bad, do not abandon him. Lao Tzu (Tao Te Ching, Amazon book)

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Doing something for yourself gives motivation but doing something for others gives meaning. Maxime Lagacé

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I’d rather be the most helpful guy in the room than the smartest guy in the room. Kamal Ravikant

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The Master has no possessions. The more he does for others, the happier he is. The more he gives to others, the wealthier he is. Lao Tzu


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If we can alleviate someone’s fear, that is the greatest gift we can offer them. Thich Nhat Hanh

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The best form of service is to uplift someone’s state of mind. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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Fools count and wait for something in return. The wise just give because it’s the right thing to do. Maxime Lagacé

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Go out of your way to help people. Few things in life are as satisfying. Be nice to strangers. Be nice even when it doesn’t matter. Sam Altman

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If you have two shirts in your closet, one belongs to you and the other to the man with no shirt. Ambrose


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Each of us has a unique part to play in the healing of the world. Marianne Williamson

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Your acts of kindness are iridescent wings of divine love, which linger and continue to uplift others long after your sharing. Rumi

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Life’s greatest rewards are reserved for those who help others succeed. Shane Parrish

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What people remember most is someone who helped them in hard times. Brian Norgard

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Help people and ask for nothing in return. Anthony Pompliano


The Best Quotes About Helping Others

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Save yourself before saving others. Sahil Lavingia

Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity. Simone Weil

Good advice is embodied. Naval Ravikant

A superpower for building relationships is genuinely caring about the success of others. Ian Cassel

Before you heal someone, ask him if he’s willing to give up the things that make him sick. Hippocrates

The fastest way to earn a great reputation is to help people. Anthony Pompliano

We are only truly free if we’re able to choose to act in ways that do not solely benefit ourselves. Mark Manson

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When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves. William Arthur Ward

One person believing in you can change everything. If you can, be that person for someone else. @orangebook_

To be great, truly great, you have to be the kind of person who makes the others around you great. Mark Twain

Any definition of a successful life must include service to others. Thibaut


When you create a difference in someone’s life, you not only impact their life, you impact everyone influenced by them throughout their entire lifetime. Danielle Doby

Not only is it the case that happy people are more willing to help others, but as I generally point out, helping others is the best way to help yourself, the best way to promote your own happiness. It is you, yourself, who will receive the benefit. 14th Dalai Lama

Don’t help people because you want something in return. Help them because it’s one of your values – or because you believe in them and their values. Adam Grant

Giving advice to other people is easy. Applying that same advice to your own situation is what’s difficult. Matthew Kobach

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Help others, for no reason at all. That’s it. Gal Shapira

If you can’t ask for help without self-judgment, you cannot offer help without judging others. Brené Brown

I help people as a way to work on myself, and I work on myself to help people… To me, that’s what the emerging game is all about. Ram Dass

My work as a human being is to quiet my mind, open my heart and do what I can to relieve the suffering with as much wisdom, skill, whatever I got. Ram Dass

You can create a lot of meaning in your own life by helping someone else do something that is meaningful to them. James Clear

Without empathy, nothing works. José Andrés

Empathy is the most essential quality of civilization. Roger Ebert

Related: 7 Scientific Benefits of Helping Others (mentalfloss.com)

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The Most Famous Quotes About Helping Others

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Searching for a famous quote about helping others or a famous author? Check out those by Joel Osteen, Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, Kobe Bryant, etc.
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The way of heaven is to help and not harm. Lao Tzu (Tao Te Ching)

The gift you offer another person is just your being. Ram Dass

If you really want to create something that lasts generations, you have to help inspire the next generation. Kobe Bryant

Another person’s life is that person’s life. You can’t take responsibility. Haruki Murakami (South of the Border, West of the Sun, Amazon book)

Your compliments, your encouragement, your kind words, it’s the healing that people need. Don’t withhold it. Joel Osteen

Something powerful happens when you get your mind off yourself and you go out and be good to somebody else. Joel Osteen

One person’s suffering represents the suffering of the world. If you can help one person, you help the whole world. Thich Nhat Hanh

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You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want. Zig Ziglar

You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end, each of us must work for his own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful. Marie Curie

The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively. Bob Marley

There were two classes of charitable people: one, the people who did a little and made a great deal of noise; the other, the people who did a great deal and made no noise at all. Charles Dickens

Wherever you live, try to create a happy community. I pray that every human being, indeed every sentient being, should be happy. So, if you come across individuals facing problems, help them. Share their problems and try to bring them peace of mind. 14th Dalai Lama

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When you meet people, show real appreciation, then genuine curiosity. Martha Beck

If you dedicate yourself to helping others, you’ll be happier. 14th Dalai Lama

The essence of Buddhism is, if you can, to help others. If not, then at least refrain from hurting others. 14th Dalai Lama

When you counsel someone, you should appear to be reminding him of something he had forgotten, not of the light he was unable to see. Baltasar Gracián

Relax. You can’t save someone from themselves. Paulo Coelho

Kindness is for your soul as health is for your body: you do not notice it when you have it. Leo Tolstoy

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The purpose of human life is to serve and to show compassion, and the will to help others. Albert Schweitzer

Don’t help others without their permission. Sometimes we want to fix things that they don’t consider to be broken. Paulo Coelho

The best thing a human being can do is to help another human being know more. Charlie Munger

I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world. Fred Rogers

You don’t need a reason to help people. Zinedine Zidane

If life is a game, being there for others will make you win. Maxime Lagacé

Inspirational Quotes About Helping Others

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Win to give back to all the people who support you. Gal Shapira

Helpful people don’t ask “how can I help?” They just help. Naval Ravikant

Never pass the chance to tell someone you love them. Lance Allred

Find meaning by fighting for what you stand for. Find meaning by helping others. Find meaning by being kind to others. Maxime Lagacé

We make each other better by loving each other, by lifting each other, by protecting, nurturing, supporting and listening to each other. There is no growth without community. Joél Leon

It feels good to help people. So get out there and feel good. Simon Sinek (Source)

The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy. Kalu Ndukwe Kalu

The kind of behavior that really is spiritual practice consists of refraining from falsehood and abiding by the truth, neither humiliating nor mocking others, being humble, and having a good heart and helping others. 14th Dalai Lama

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Have courage – raw courage – to stand up and speak up for those left out and left behind. John Lewis

I don’t like formality. There’s no formality when we’re born and none when we die. In between we should treat each other as brothers and sisters because we all want to live a happy life. This is our common purpose and our right. 14th Dalai Lama

When you care for others, you manifest an inner strength despite any difficulties you face. Your own problems will seem less significant and bothersome to you. Reaching beyond your own problems and taking care of others, you gain confidence, courage and a greater sense of calm. 14th Dalai Lama

One of the best anti-anxiety medications available is generosity. Helping others reduces stress by helping us feel valued and capable. Talking through someone else’s problems can give us wisdom for our own challenges — and motivate us to follow through. Adam Grant

We have two tasks, to do what you enjoy (happiness through excellence) and to be a good person (integrity via empathy and honesty). Ryan Holiday

The only three ways to make money: 1. Help people make money 2. Help people save money 3. Help people save time. Sahil Lavingia

If you help without expecting anything in return, you will eventually get something in return. Sahil Lavingia

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Respect anyone who’s earnestly working to get their life in order. Ed Latimore (edlatimore.com)

Be kind. Right now, right here, in your own life, in whatever way you can. Just be kind. There’s so much going on that we cannot solve. So many people we cannot help. So much cruelty we can do nothing about. But we can be kind to one another. That’s a step we can all take today. Jason Garner

What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like. Augustine of Hippo

Leave everything better than you found it. Naval Ravikant (Source)

My view of human nature is that all of us are just holding it together in various ways — and that’s okay, and we just need to go easy with one another, knowing that we’re all these incredibly fragile beings. Alain de Botton

Loving someone means helping them to be more themselves, which can be different from being what you’d like them to be, although often they turn out the same. Merle Shain

Real strength has to do with helping others. Fred Rogers

Related: 25 Ways to Help a Fellow Human Being Today (zenhabits.net)


Wise Sayings About Helping Others

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Truth without a hopeful narrative is often more harmful than helpful. Angela Jiang

Celebrate the success of others. Life is not a zero-sum game. Lex Fridman

After climbing the ladder, you have a choice — kick it away, or hold it so the next generation can climb up. Chris Dixon (Source)

Do your very best not to push an emotionally wounded person beyond where they are willing to go. Honor their boundaries. Iyanla Vanzant

You cannot save anyone until you yourself are beyond the need for saving. Thibaut

No one saves another. We can give others understanding, compassion, and encouragement, but what they do with that is up to them. Like a gardener scattering seeds and caring for them. Thibaut

What we reason for ourselves may help others. What we reason for others will not help us. Naval Ravikant

Even a good person may still meet with suffering so long as his good deed does not bear fruit: but when it does bear fruit he will enjoy the benefits of his good deed. The Dhammapada

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More often than not, listening is the best help you can give. Thibaut

Our visit to this planet is short, so we should use our time meaningfully, which we can do by helping others wherever possible. And if we cannot help others, at least we should try not to create pain and suffering for them. 14th Dalai Lama

What is important is not so much how long you live as whether you live a meaningful life. This doesn’t mean accumulating money and fame, but being of service to your fellow human beings. It means helping others if you can. 14th Dalai Lama

Do something difficult for someone else that is truly of aid to them. Jordan Peterson (Source)

We don’t need more empathy in the world. We need more compassion. Empathy is feeling the pain and suffering of others. Compassion is acting to relieve the pain and suffering of others. Adam Grant

It’s easy to cheer for people when they’re up. A better test of character is whether you keep rooting for them when they’re down. Don’t be a fair-weather fan of people. They need support more when they’re struggling than when they’re succeeding. Adam Grant

If someone isn’t willing to hurt your feelings in the short term to make you better in the long term, do they really even care about you? Ed Latimore


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The best way to get people to help you is to first help them. The second-best way is to be working on something interesting. Sam Altman

Hierarchy of helping people: 1st: Yourself. 2nd: Family. 3rd: Friends. 4th: Your local community. 5th: Your country. 6th: Other countries. You don’t get to go to the next number unless the previous number’s been taken care of. I’ll feed a kid down the road before I feed one abroad. @TellYourSonThis

The aim of spiritual practice is to become the friend of all beings, concerned and ready and able to help them. 14th Dalai Lama

The art of being helpful is behaving as if everything we do matters – because we never know which things might. Gloria Steinem

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Helping others is important. However, don’t put yourself second. Some people are ok with spending their whole life living for others, but if you have other goals, make sure you don’t neglect them. Gal Shapira

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Most people need love and acceptance a lot more than they need advice. Bob Goff

Never give advice before asking clarifying questions. Dan Go

Those who love less should be helped out and lavished with more. Marcus Aurelius

It is ingrained in all living creatures, first of all, to preserve their own safety, to guard against what is harmful, to strive for what is advantageous. Ambrose

Don’t worry if you feel you can only do one tiny good thing in one small corner of the cosmos. Just be a Buddha body in that one place. Thich Nhat Hanh

Until we are able to love and take care of ourselves, we cannot be of much help to others. Thich Nhat Hanh

We work on ourselves in order to help others, but also we help others in order to work on ourselves. Pema Chödrön

RelatedHelping Others Can Increase Happiness and Reduce Stress (verywellmind.com)


If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. 14th Dalai Lama

Did you make someone smile today? You’ve still got time. Melissa Stewart

Key Takeaways

  • The benefits of helping others?
    • You make others feel good
    • You make yourself feel good
    • You make the world a better place
  • Be the example. Be generous, even with selfish people.
  • Stay wise: help yourself first before helping others.
  • A sign of wisdom: you give/help/serve, for fun.
  • The world needs more people like you. The world needs to heal.

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Author Bio

maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He started journaling, reflecting, writing his thoughts, feelings and quotes.

His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal.

A few years later, he started his first website to share his love of quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, husband, and INFJ.

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, bananas, SEO, human potential, and education.

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October 14, 2022

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