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“Self-centered leaders manipulate when they move people for personal benefit. Mature leaders motivate by moving people for mutual benefit.”
-John C. Maxwell
“Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution.”
“People have found inner peace by losing themselves in a cause larger than themselves. Finding inner peace means coming from the self-centered life into the life centered.”
“It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.”
“It is our hypocrisy and self-focus that drains us. When we become purpose centered, internally directed other focused and externally open, we discover energy we didn’t know we had.”
-Robert E. Quinn
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
“It’s not that successful people are givers; it is that givers are successful people.”
“You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.”
-James D. Miles
“The purpose of life is not to be happy – but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you have lived at all.”
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
“You will never find a truly happy, self-centered person. They simply don’t exist.”
“No man stands so straight as when he stoops to help a boy.”
-Knights of Pythagoras
“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.”
-Edward Everett Hale
“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.”
“Charity sees the need, not the cause.”
“He who gives when he is asked has waited too long.”
“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”
“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.”
“Always do more than is required of you.”
-George S. Patton
“Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him.”
“If we live a self-directed, self-motivated, self-centered life, always needing to get our own way, then we’re going to be miserable. In fact, many times we believe it’s our problems that are making us unhappy when, in reality, it’s because we’re focused on ourselves!”
How can you use Quotes?
- Start a discussion: Quotes can start a discussion about a character trait at the beginning of a meeting or the dinner table. You can ask questions about what it means, how they have seen the trait demonstrated in their own lives, or how they can develop it themselves.
- Provide a model: Quotes can provide a model of good character. When you read a quote from a famous person or historical figure, you show that people they admire also value the same character traits.
- Use quotes as writing/journal prompts: Ask them to write a short essay about a quote to help them think more deeply about its implications for their lives.
- Post quotes: You can post quotes where they will be seen/heard often – classroom, breakroom, lobby, dining room, email signatures, video bulletin boards, morning announcements, social media, etc.
- Read quotes aloud: You can read quotes aloud to your children during mealtimes, bedtime, or any other time you spend together.
- Make it fun: You can make it even more fun by incorporating games, activities, or crafts. Let children decorate signs with the quotes to hang in the classroom or a bedroom door. Record children saying it and post it on social media.