Favourite Quotes

These are some of my favourite quotes as they relate to my life and my wishes for other people. Please add your quotes in the comments.

“UBUNTU” in the Xhosa culture means: “I am because we are.”


An anthropologist proposed a game to the kids in an African tribe. He put a basket full of fruit near a tree and told the kids that who ever got there first won the sweet fruits. When he told them to run they all took each others hands and ran together, then sat together enjoying their treats. When he asked them why they had run like that as one could have had all the fruits for himself they said: ”UBUNTU, how can one of us be happy if all the other ones are sad?”

“Before we can effectively “serve” or help, first we must learn.”—Learning Service Guide

“Becoming a true global citizen is not a two-week stint in a developing country, it’s a life-long commitment, and it starts in your local community.”—PEPY

“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.  I was first introduced to this quote from Daniela Papi, former executive director for PEPY on our educational fundraising trip in 2010.

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”—Buddha

“We don’t know our full potential until we push ourselves to find it.”—Travis Rice, one of the world’s best snowboarders.

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”—Anne Frank

“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 your very agree to serve. . . You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”—Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”—Winston Churchill

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