Quotes to Inspire You to Make a Difference

Make A Difference Day

Perhaps you’ve never heard of Make A Difference Day. Started in 1992, the day is one where people perform community service, volunteer, or serve others in various ways.

In the spirit of service, here are some quotes to inspire us all to give back. And, though the official day is October 27th, it’s a great reminder, no matter the date. That’s what servant leadership is all about.


“Each one of us can make a difference. Together we make a change.” –Barbara Mikulski


“In this life we cannot always do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” –Mother Teresa


“It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.” –Tom Brokaw


“When you encourage others, you in the process are encouraged because you’re making a commitment and difference in that person’s life. Encouragement really does make a difference.” –Zig Ziglar


“If you desire to make a difference in the world, you must be different from the world.” –Elaine Dalton


“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” –Leo Tolstoy


“It is better to have a meaningful life and make a difference than to merely have a long life.” –Bryant McGill

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson


“I’ve seen and met angels wearing the disguise of ordinary people living ordinary lives.” –Tracy Chapman


“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” –Mahatma Gandhi


“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” –Muhammad Ali


“The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better.” –Robert Kennedy


“We can choose to be affected by the world or we can choose to affect the world.” –Heidi Wills


“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” –Jake Goodall


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


“Aim to make a difference in someone’s life every single day, including your own.” –Dow Zantamata


“We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in our hands to make a difference.” –Nelson Mandela





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