99+ Best Social Work Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Inspirational social work quotes will make you look at life differently and help you live a meaningful life.

Famous Social Work Quotes

Life’s most urgent question is: What are you doing for others? — Martin Luther King, Jr.

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. — The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

She told us that social work was a young profession still finding itself. She called it a creative science and said that, in her opinion, the best social workers were intelligent and compassionate, and while she could give us ideas and tools to help our fellow man, she couldn’t teach us how to put ourselves into another person’s shoes. She said, If you don’t already know how to do that, you should drop this class and consider another line of work. — Anita Diamant

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. — Mohandas Gandhi

It is not enough to be compassionate. You must act. — Dalai Lama

Social success is growing into a person that other people can depend on. — Brene Brown

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. — Mohandas Ghandi

It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that you cannot sincerely try to help another without helping yourself. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

…in order to achieve improved outcomes for families at risk, a paradigm shift is required so that unequal outcomes for families and children are seen as social injustices, rather than as products of individual dysfunction or deficit ― Philip Slee

We’re all stumbling towards the light with varying degrees of grace at any given moment. — Bo Lozoff

Life becomes harder for us when we live for others, but it also becomes richer and happier. — Albert Schweitzer

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. — Helen Keller

While burnout obviously has something to do with stress, overdoing things, not being centered, and not listening to yourself or your body, one of the deepest contributors to burnout, I believe, is the deep disappointment of not living up to your true calling, which is to help. — Jenn Bruer

Civilization is a method of living, an attitude of equal respect for all men. — Jane Addams

Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person. — Mother Teresa

The happiest people I know are those who lose themselves in the service of others. — Gordon B. Hinckley

Because we often think of bias as a function of overt acts of bigotry, we can sometimes remain blind to the invisible structures, systems, and behaviors that bestow and reinforce that power and privilege on a daily basis. — Howard J. Ross

The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches but reveal to them their own. — Benjamin Disraeli

If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one. — Mother Teresa

As we lose ourselves in the service of others, we discover our own lives and our own happiness. — Dieter F. Uchtdorf

A nation with a thousand awakened citizens and a corrupt leader, is much more alive than a nation with an awakened leader and a thousand corrupt citizens. — Abhijit Naskar

Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds that we inflict on our soul when we look the other way. — Martin Luther King

Everyone has an invisible sign hanging from their neck saying, ‘Make me feel important.’ Never forget this message when working with people. — Mary Kay Ash

It is not your job to save everyone. Some people are not even ready to be helped. Focus on being of service to those who are and be wise and humble enough to know when the best service you can offer is to guide them toward help in another direction. — Anna Taylor

To make your Opinion Count, you have to do something more than just making Money. — Vineet Raj Kapoor

Men are rich only as they give. He who gives great service gets great rewards. — Elbert Hubbard

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

John Lewis said, you have to be taught the way of peace, the way of love, the way of nonviolence. In the religious sense, in the moral sense, you can say that in the bosom of every human being, there is a spark of the divine. So, you don’t have a right as a human to abuse that spark of the divine in your fellow human being. From time to time, we would discuss that, if you have someone attacking you, beating you, spitting on you, you have to think of that person. Years ago that person was an innocent child, an innocent little baby. What happened? Did something go wrong? Did someone teach that person to hate, to abuse others? You try to appeal to the goodness of every human being, and you don’t give up. You never give up on anyone. — Krista Tippett

I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I just lived the length of it. I want to live the width of it as well. — Diane Ackerman

Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more. — H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

I always wondered why somebody doesn’t do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody. — Lily Tomlin

If you say, let there be light, and then act with all your capacity to make it a reality, only then there will be light and hope in the world. — Abhijit Naskar

The unreal is more powerful than the real. Because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it. Because it’s only intangible ideas, concepts, beliefs, fantasies that last. Stone crumbles. Wood rots. People, well, they die. But things as fragile as a thought, a dream, a legend, they can go on and on. If you can change the way people think. The way they see themselves. The way they see the world. You can change the way people live their lives. That’s the only lasting thing you can create. — Chuck Palahniuk

There is no greater joy nor greater reward than to make a fundamental difference in someone’s life. — Mary Rose Mcgeady

Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love. — Mother Teresa

Every generation needs caretakers – and the caretaker of your generation is you. — Abhijit Naskar

One person can make a difference, and everyone should try. — John Fitzgerald Kennedy

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. — Mahatma Gandhi

There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest. — Elie Wiesel

Each of us wants to fuel our bodies and walk the earth with health and energy, to honour the vessel that takes us through life. We have allowed food, of all things, to divide us. Food is meant to bring us together. Food is celebratory, nourishing. Our world needs less conflict and more live and let live. — Jenn Bruer

If you don’t like the way the world is, you change it. You have an obligation to change it. You just do it one step at a time. — Marian Wright Edelman

Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile. — Unknown

You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right. — Rosa Parks

As helpers, we often feel the need to see our impact in tangible, measurable ways. We allow negative language into our head about the broken system; we look through a lens of it doesn’t matter, I can’t make a difference. These ideas are surely contributing to our burnout. — Jenn Bruer

To serve is beautiful, but only if it is done with joy and a whole heart and a free mind. — Pearl S. Buck

Never, never, be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. — Proverbs

Slowly you may have transformed from a helper to one in need of help. It’s important to talk about this, to identify the wounds you carry. — Jenn Bruer

We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked, and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty. — Mother Teresa

Somewhere someone is waiting for our help. — Purushottam Kumar Suman

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

Offer your hand, not your judgment. — Unknown

Be the change you wish to see in the world. — Mahatma Gandhi

As you move through this world advocating for what you believe in, do it with love and an open heart, not with anger and a closed heart. — Jenn Bruer

Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. — Elie Wiesel

Dig deep, past the pain of knowing you failed or that you could have done things differently and past the temptation to self-loathe. Live in the pain of the mistake, notice your ego’s attempt to protect you by justifying your mistake or blaming another for their part in a situation. We must go deeper into ourselves, to tap into the wisdom that resides underneath our mistakes. — Jenn Bruer

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. — Henry Ford

Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you. — Mother Teresa

We rarely hear about clients who come in and ask for the newest social worker. That’s too bad because, to me, new social workers are a gift. — Danna R. Bodenheimer

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do. — Susan B. Anthony

Let me do all the good I can, to all the people I can, as often as I can, for I shall not pass this way again. — John Wesley

All stains of the society are born in the mind, and so is the detergent to clean them off. — Abhijit Naskar

We cannot hold a torch to light another’s path without brightening our own. — Ben Sweetland

Remember my friend, everybody wants to have a family of their own, but what about the greater family called humanity beyond the personal domain of individual existence! Who will take care of them, if not you! Your blood is full with vigor my brave soldier of destiny, so bring all that vigor out in the service of your family called humanity. — Abhijit Naskar

Social Work is the Art of Listening and the Science of Hope. — Unknown

Letting confusion get in the way of changing your diet and lifestyle will deter you from facing the reality of how hard it is to give up sugar. If you’ll forgive the expression, I am not going to sugar-coat it: sugary drinks, donuts, cake, cookies and candy are out. And there’s no okay in moderation. What does that mean: once a week, once on the weekend, only on holidays? It probably doesn’t mean Friday after work until Monday morning! — Jenn Bruer

As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others. — Audrey Hepburn

The sun gives warmth and light to the world and expects nothing in return, not because it is good or bad, but because it is the sun’s nature. — Abhijit Naskar

What a man does for others, not what they do for him, gives him immortality. — Daniel Webster

The human must become the saint and the messiah to his or her part of the global society. — Abhijit Naskar

No one has ever become poor by giving. — Anne Frank

The world has loads of human bodies to relentlessly want for more and more despite having all. What the world lacks are real human beings, with veins of steel and heart of honey. — Abhijit Naskar

I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy. — Rabindranath Tagore

Work, work and work, until you see the change manifesting as reality, which everybody else only wishes for with their hands joined and head bowed as meek, mind-less, second-hand worshipers and slaves of illusory masters. — Abhijit Naskar

Never look down on someone unless you’re helping them up. — Unknown

First know the Self and then talk of social reformation. — Abhijit Naskar

The life of a man consists not in seeing visions and in dreaming dreams, but in active charity and in willing service. — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Those who help humanity reap the fruits of progress by sowing the seeds with their own two hands, must do so knowing that they may never taste the fruits themselves. — Abhijit Naskar

There is only one science, physics: everything else is social work. — James D. Watson

Never ask what the world has given you, ask what you can give the world. — Abhijit Naskar

I believe the best service to the child is the service closest to the child, and children who are victims of neglect, abuse, or abandonment must not also be victims of bureaucracy. They deserve our devoted attention, not our divided attention. — Kenny Guinn

There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed. — Woodrow T. Wilson

I could go into their reality any time I chose to, but they could never come into mine. This is what I called ‘helping’ them. — Agnostic Zetetic

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

When you do it right, Social Work is a feeling that is larger than you own life. — Ogden W. Rogers

Strong people stand up for themselves. But the strongest people stand up for others. — Unknown

Adoption is the most intentional process on Earth. — Jody Cantrell Dyer

At this very moment, there are people only you can reach and differences only you can make. — Mike Dooley

What’s nice about both clouds, and art, is that you can look at them and just resonate. That can be good for both the heart and the mind. — Ogden W. Rogers

We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone. — Ronald Reagan

The purpose behind discerning the nature of love is not to satisfy ivory tower discussions or to produce fodder for academic delectation. Instead, as our work makes all too clear, the world is full of live men and women who encounter difficulty in loving or being loved, and whose happiness depends critically upon resolving that situation with the utmost expediency. — Thomas Lewis

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little. — Edmund Burke

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

It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible, but also for what we do not do. — Moliere

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. — Theodore Roosevelt

The time is always right to do what is right. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity. — Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy

Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth. — Shirley Chisholm

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