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80 Inspirational Social Work Quotes That Are Full Of Love

Social work quotes inspire people.

In simple words, social work is a hugely important profession, where an individual tries to make a difference for families and communities and help them meet their basic needs.

The main three goals of social work are to maximize human potential, help people meet their social needs and achieve social justice. People who take up social work as their career work hard towards these goals.

Professor Biestek introduced a set of seven principles for social workers. These are: a non judgmental attitude, accepting everybody, not getting involved emotionally, expressing feelings purposefully, individualization, being determined towards clients and maintaining confidentiality. These are the seven principles that all social workers should follow.

Creating good change in society and being willing to work hard for it is pretty amazing, and we should all thank every social worker we come across with a tight hug and beautiful smile. Nothing makes social workers happier than knowing their efforts are making a good change in the world. If you have had contact directly with a social worker, perhaps a bouquet of flowers would be a good way to say thank you to him or her?

Social work requires a lot of love, empathy and positivity. If you are an aspiring social worker or need some motivations to be one, check these social work quotes out. We know you will love them.

If you like what you are reading, check out our [charity quotes] and society quotes too.

The Best Social Work Quotes

A quote from our favorite social worker might help us try to help another person in need. Listed below are some of the best social work quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson (who beautifully describes social work as one of the "beautiful compensations" of life) and other influential thinkers. Check them out.

1. “Life's most urgent question is: What are you doing for others?”    

- Martin Luther King Jr.

2. “It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life, that you cannot sincerely try to help another person without actually helping yourself.”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson.

3. “We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.”

- Herman Melville.

4. “Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day.”

– Sally Koch.

5. “Men are rich only as they give. He who gives great service gets great rewards.”    

- Elbert Hubbard.

6. “I fell in love with social work, and that was my undoing as a poet.”

- Carl Rakosi.

7. “Unless a bunch of lionhearts are sleepless for society, the society can never sleep in peace.”

- Abhijit Naskar.

8. “One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.”    

- John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

9. “Never underestimate your ability to make someone else’s life better—even if you never know it.”

– Greg Louganis.

10. “Life is not lived till it's lived for others.”

- Abhijit Naskar.

11. “Politics is social work with power.”

- Barbara Mikulski.

12. “It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.”

- Napoleon Hill.

13. "No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave."

- Calvin Coolidge.

14.  “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

– Theodore Roosevelt.

15. “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”

- Charles Dickens.

16. “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”

- Mark Twain.

17. “Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.”

- Mother Teresa.

18. “It is not enough to be compassionate. You must act.”

- Dalai Lama.

19. “I believe, is the deep disappointment of not living up to your true calling, which is to help.”

- Jenn Bruer.

20. "To give requires good sense."

- Ovid.

21. “There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”

– John Holmes.

22. “Helping others isn't a chore; it is one of the greatest gifts there is.”

- Liya Kebede.

Inspiring Social Work Quotes

Quotes on social work are inspiring.

These inspirational quotes for social work will make us want to help the world be a better place. Here's the list of the best social work inspirational quotes.

23. “I always wondered why somebody doesn’t do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody.”

- Lily Tomlin.

24. “Life becomes harder for us when we live for others, but it also becomes richer and happier.”    

- Albert Schweitzer.

25. “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

- Dr. Seuss.

26. "There is no greater joy nor greater reward than to make a fundamental difference in someone's life."    

- Mary Rose Mcgeady.

27. “If you’re not making someone else’s life better, then you’re wasting your time. Your life will become better by making other lives better.”

– Will Smith.

28. “Evangelism without social work is deficient; social work without evangelism is impotent.”

- John Mott.

29. “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

- Helen Keller.

30. “When you want to help people, you don’t need no language – it’ll all be written on your face.”

- Tamuna Tsertsvadze.

31. “A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.”

- Steve Maraboli.

32. “The restlessness that you feel for society is the first sign of life.”

- Abhijit Naskar.

33. “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.”    

- Dalai Lama.

34. “Maybe you cannot give vision to a person, what if help him to see.”

- P.S. Jagadeesh Kumar.

35. “Always have a willing hand to help someone, you might be the only one that does.”

– Roy T. Bennett.

36. “At this very moment, there are people only you can reach… and differences only you can make.”

– Mike Dooley.

37. “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

- Winston Churchill.

38. “Service to humanity is service to God.”

- Lailah Gifty Akita.

39. “Or a social worker who leaves his country, his comfort, his friends, and goes far away to help people he doesn't know. I want to evolve into that, ultimately. I want to be that person who could sacrifice everything for others.”

- Queen Rania of Jordan.

40. "Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much."

- Erich Fromm.

41. “You can have everything you want in life if you just help enough people get what they want in life.”

- Zig Ziglar.

42. “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment to improve the world.”    

- Anne Frank.

43. “Being able to uplift others is the biggest miracle in the world.”

- Sri Avinash Do.

44. “I prefer to sit on the sidewalk and share a hotdog with a homeless person than sit at a fancy restaurant and have dinner with a billionaire.”

- Abhijit Naskar.

Motivational Quotes For Social Work

A social work quote can motivate someone to take up social work as their career. Here's a list of quotes by some of our all time favorite social workers and people.

45. “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.”

- Angela Davis.

46. “If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”    

- Mother Teresa.

47. “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”

– John Bunyan.

48. “We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone.”

- Ronald Reagan.

49. “One person's sacrifice makes millions wake up from their sleep of indifference.”

- Abhijit Naskar.

50. “By helping others, you will learn how to help yourselves.”

- Aung San Suu Kyi.

51. “The most violent element in society is ignorance.”  

- Emma Goldman.

52. “The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but reveal to them their own.”

- Benjamin Disraeli.

53. “A hand loses nothing by holding other's hand.”

- Amit Kalantri.

54. “Every charitable act is a stepping stone towards heaven.”

– Henry Ward Beecher.

55. “Helping others is the secret sauce to a happy life.”

- Todd Stocker.

56. “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands: one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.”

- Sam Levenson.

57. “Social success is growing into a person that other people can depend on.”

- Brene Brown.

58. “As we lose ourselves in the service of others, we discover our own lives and our own happiness.”

- Dieter F. Uchtdorf.

59. “Kindness can transform someone’s dark moment with a blaze of light. You’ll never know how much your caring matters. Make a difference for another today.”

– Amy Leigh Mercree.

60. “Someone has to stand up to lift the world up.”

- Abhijit Naskar.

61. “The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity.”  

- Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy.

62. “No one has ever become poor by giving.”

- Anne Frank.

63. “How do measure your growth? By how much you help.”

- Meir Ezra.

64. “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”

– Albert Einstein.

Social Worker Quotes

Social worker quotes are appreciated by everyone.

Check out these quotes that will boost up the social worker inside every one of us.

65. “The happiest people I know are those who lose themselves in the service of others.”

- Gordon B. Hinckley.

66. “When you do ‘it’  right, Social Work is a feeling that is larger than your own life.”

- Ogden W. Rogers.

67. “Every shine which destroys the darkness of others is a holy shine!”

- Mehmet Murat İldan.

68. “To serve is beautiful, but only if it is done with joy and a whole heart and a free mind.”

- Pearl S. Buck.

69. “You are not here in the world for yourself. You have been sent here for others. The world is waiting for you!”

- Catherine Booth.

70. "The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it."

- William James.

71. “The small charity that comes from the heart is better than the great charity that comes from the head.”

– Ivan Panin.

72. “We need a stronger national voice for social workers which leads to a change in how the profession is viewed and its ability to represent itself to other professional bodies and with central government.

- Andy Sawford.

73. “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”

- Aesop.

74. “There is no greater joy, than being an ingredient in the joy of others.”

- Abhijit Naskar.

75. “When you learn, teach. When you get, give.”

– Maya Angelou.

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

– Muhammad Ali.

77. “To a social worker working for other is not a job, it is a joy.”

-  Amit Kalantri.

78. “I'm most proud of helping so many others achieve their dreams as founders.”

- David Cohen.

79. “A life lived helping and serving others is always interesting and beneficial.”

- Eric M. Watterson.

80. “We rise by lifting others.”

– Robert Ingersoll.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for social work quotes then why not take a look at these [Civil Rights quotes], or sociology quotes for more?


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