33 Inspirational Charity Quotes for The International Day of Charity

33 Inspirational Charity Quotes for The International Day of Charity


Today is the International Day of Charity, which is why I wanted to bring you some inspiration on the subject. But before I get started, I want to define what the word charity means to me personally:

Giving without expecting any return, of either my time, my money, or a combination of both.

I know that others may have a different definition of charity and that in some cases, especially as it relates to charitable organizations, this can have a negative feel, however, I hope this will not distract you from finding a way to do acts of kindness.


How do you define charity?

Note: At the end of the list of quotes, you will find video and action steps, that will improve your life!

  • “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 verb agrees 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.
  • “If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito.” – Betty Reese
  • “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” – Leo Buscaglia
  • “What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.” – Albert Pike

“The greatest gift you can ever give is yourself.” ― Michel Templet

  • At the end of the day, it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished… it’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.” – Denzel Washington
  • “The greatest gift you can ever give is yourself.” ― Michel Templet
  • We never think lightly of those who walk with us on our uphill days.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich
  • power isn’t controlled at all-power is a strength, and giving that strength to others. A leader isn’t someone who forces others to make him stronger; a leader is someone willing to give his strength to others so that they may have the strength to stand on their own.” ― Beth Revis
  • “There are these amazing little seeds called compassion. You should grow some.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich
  • “Helping others carries its own rewards, the first of which is a return to humanity.” ― Richard Paul Evans

  • Fight vigorously against the wolves, but on behalf of the sheep, not against the sheep. And this you may do by inveighing against the laws and lawgivers, and yet at the same time observing these laws with the weak, lest they are offended until they shall themselves recognize the tyranny, and understand their own liberty.” ― Martin Luther
  • “Charity ain’t giving people what you want to give, it’s giving people what they need to get.” ― Terry Pratchett
  • “I believe when you integrate charity in your craft and not just think of the fame and riches it would entitle you with, you will feel this true sense of fulfillment.
  • “I try not to speak about all the charities and people I help because I believe we can only be truly generous when we expect nothing in return.” ― Muhammad Ali

When in doubt as to what you should do, err on the side of 'giving.” ― Tony Cleaver

  • “Charity is injurious unless it helps the recipient to become independent of it.” ― John D. Rockefeller
  • “Examine your heart often to see if it is such toward your neighbor as you would like his to be toward you were you in his place. This is the touchstone of true reason.” ― St. Francis de Sales
  • “If you have two shirts in your closet, one belongs to you and the other to the man with no shirt.” ― St. Ambrose
  • “The more you put your arm around those that you might naturally look down on, the more you will love yourself. And the more you love yourself, the less need you’ll ever have to find fault or be better than others. And the less we all find fault or have a need to be better than others, the quicker this world becomes a far better place to live.” ― Dan Pearce
  • “It is not the number of prayers that will give you happiness, but the number you answer to another person.” ― Shannon L. Alder
  • “Kindness is a currency that can cover a multitude of interpersonal debts.” ― George Alexiou
  • “I think it’s important that we give back to society and our fellow man regardless of our professions. We all need help at times. And when we support each other, we’re all a little stronger.” ― Rhonda Hopkins
  • “When in doubt as to what you should do, err on the side of ‘giving.” ― Tony Cleaver

“I think it's important that we give back to society and our fellow man regardless of our professions. We all need help at times. And when we support each other, we're all a little stronger.” ― Rhonda Hopkins

  • “The more you give the less your poor” ― Benny Bellamacina
  • “Hide your good actions as you would your bad.” ― Zarina Bibi
  • “Everyone can choose to live with a golden heart, it is a privilege of loving truly.” ― Angelica Hopes
  • “As much as I don’t want it to be true, the reasons I don’t do something define me as a person even more so, perhaps, than the reasons I do something.” ― Dan Pearce
  • “While the word charity connotes a single act of giving, justice speaks to right living, of aligning oneself with the world in a way that sustains rather than exploits the rest of creation.” ― Rachel Held Evans
  • “Cheerfulness means a contented spirit, a pure heart, a kind, and loving disposition; it means humility and ~ charity, a generous appreciation of others, and a modest opinion of self.” ― William Makepeace
  • “The greatest work you will ever do is charity – Author Unknown
  • “Be a gift, a light, a blessing as far as the eye can see to answer a call as well as a genuine, compassionate heart can reach.” ― Angelica Hopes

  • Social media is a powerful tool to raise awareness and create change. But we must take care not to rely upon it as a reflection of our charitable efforts.” ― Charlie Caruso
  • “You see,” she interrupted his blank stare, “it doesn’t take much effort to be kind. It only takes the ability to recognize where kindness is needed.” ― Stephen Reid Andrews
  • “It’s hard to make things right for everyone. “But if everybody helped just one person, lots of people would get helped.” ― Linwood Barclay


As some of my regular readers know, I am a firm believer in not just reading about charity and or kindness, but that information is only as useful as the action is that we take afterward. Today, I wanted to share with you a video to inspire you to be more charitable and kind – not only with money (because let’s face it, not all of us are able to give monetary gifts or donations) but also with our time and attention. Mark Kelly – an inspirational podcaster has some absolutely great ideas on how we could all spread a little kindness, and how it will not only benefit the person we are giving it to, but also feel the reward of this action as an increase of our own happiness.

Questions to ponder:

  1. what little act of kindness can you do, starting today? Make a list, and do them.
  2. how can you get people you care about involved in doing these acts of kindness as well?
  3. Consider starting a related journal practice. Journal about what you did, how you felt. I personally would not share this journal with anyone – as I would consider this boasting – but it can help you through times where you might not think that you can actually make a difference, to help you realize how much of a difference you are actually making.

Book Recommendations:

Make & Share Random Acts of Kindness: Simple Crafts and Recipes to Give and Spread Joy

Easy Handmade Crafts, Treats & Inspirations to Fill the World with Kindness

Brighten the lives of family members, friends or strangers with the fun projects in Make & Share Random Acts of Kindness.




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  1. What a nice collection of inspirational quotes for the International Day of Charity. I found truth in each one of them. I especially liked, “It’s hard to make things right for everyone, but if everybody helped just one person, lots of people would get helped.” It’s a great reminder that even if you feel insignificant, your actions can make all the difference in someone elses life. 

    1. Author

      Indeed! I hope it inspires everyone to take some kind of loving action! Blessings! 

  2. Hmm! These are really great quotes with underlying information that would get anyone excited to know more and more about and to think more on the need to be more generous and grateful for everything we have. Reading through this, I realised we dont need to have a billion dollars before we vam be helpful towards others and extend a hand of charity to people. All we need is a goof heart and a great mind to do little out of the little we have. Thanks

    1. Author

      you are so right – it does not take much! Blessings! 

  3. A lovely collection of quotes on charity, thank you.  I really loved Denzel Washington’s quote!  Plus the unknown author quote about the greatest work is charity.  Very inspirational list and I loved you included a video at the end to help people take action to be more charitable.  Thanks for the uplifting post!

  4. Being generous and giving charity is not a matter of being born with it, we all decide to be great or less in our dealings. I like the quote that states ” the greatest ever gift you can give is yourself”. That is simply exceptional and worthy of thinking about. I really fancy this a lot and would surely bookmark this post for later references. Thanks so much for sharing

    1. Author

      my pleasure, Tracy – thank you for stopping by

  5. Never really thought of the importance of giving. Seeing so many of my favorite people giving awesome quotes and the importance of charity has given me the conviction that I too need to give. I am glad I found this post and I didn’t know that today celebrated charity. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Author

      I am happy to hear that I was able to inspire you – blessings! 

  6. Very nice, inspiring and generally good mood -article I would say. In these modern societies we are living in and all the good sides of our free markets, there are also downsides like some people start to think too much themselves and forget other people’s well-being. I have been pretty poor, I have been pretty rich in terms of money and “wealth” but I have always had some sort of motto and guideline; “you are not rich if you have lots of money, you start to be rich when you can share a lot”. Or it can be spelled also wealthy in terms of money doesn’t make you rich, being rich enough to share and help each other, makes you rich. However, this is just my guideline and opinion and somebody may determine being rich by way different way. However, lots of beautiful and nice quotes in your post, charity is one of the most fundamental forms of caring for each other. 

    1. Author

      I love your motto! 

  7. What a beautiful post. I am a huge fan of ‘quotes’ as the wise have given us something we may not have thought of, or about, ourselves. ‘Charity’ does seem to have different connotations, depending on who you’re talking to. I like your take on it. It should be purely altruistic, for some, that is easier said than done. I am a firm believer in ‘Paying it forward’ and have a group of friends who all share the same sentiment and not just in material giving, it can be emotional support also. Being in a position to help someone because you can and for no other reason than it is the right thing to do, is a one of the greatest gifts we can give.

    1. Author

      indeed it is the greatest gift – thank you for stopping by!


  8. Wow, this is not bad at all, I love reading  quotes a lot mostly because they give me some good inspiration. I understand the importance of giving much better and I like the concept that we can celebrate giving. From time to time I also give back to humanity but I feel more obliged to give out more. I also really need to get that journal practice.Thank you for sharing this

  9. These are some amazing quotes. I really loved reading them all. I love reading such Motivational quotes. Its always good to give something to others. Charity should be done by everyone.

  10. These quotes are all truly inspirational. At the end of the day, no one is an Island. We all need to invest in people because no one should have to suffer or stand alone.

  11. The first quote is kind of cheesy,, but it is so interesting that it can be interpreted in many ways! Cool. Great list.

  12. Each of these quotes point to the fact that this life is not about what we get. It’s about what we give back in our lifetime. The little things can make a big difference.

    1. Author

      indeed, if we all do the little things, imagine just how much the world would change for the better

  13. I am a huge fan of quotes and I love lots of the ones you have included here, I also found some new ones I hadn’t seen before so thanks for sharing! x

  14. Love the quotes. Saw a few new ones and am going to bookmark this post for future reference.

  15. The greatest gift you can give is yourself.! That is why you can never say that you have nothing to offer for any good cause. If you grow seeds of compassion, that will be the best gift you can ever easily give.

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