95 Humanitarian Quotes: Fueling Compassion and Empathy in Everyday Life

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The Most Famous Humanitarian Quotes (Best in 2024)

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If vegetarians eat vegetables, what do humanitarians eat — Steven Wright

Hamas is a humanitarian organization. — Nancy Pelosi

My religion is humanitarianism, which is the basis of every religion in the world. — Abdul Sattar Edhi

Americans are blessed with great plenty; we are a generous people and we have a moral obligation to assist those who are suffering from poverty, disease, war and famine. — Adam Schiff

Compassion is not religious business, it is human business, it is not luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability, it is essential for human survival. — Dalai Lama

Relief work does not consist entirely in wearisome appeals ... it has its moments of enchantment, its adventures, its unexpected vistas into new worlds — Eglantyne Jebb

Human beings who blind themselves to human need make themselves less human. — William Sloane Coffin

The most wonderful study of mankind is man. Relieving human suffering and diffusing universal knowledge is humanitarian. — Daniel D. Palmer

Benevolence is the characteristic element of humanity. — Confucius

It’s paramount for the world to look into how to implement an immediate cease-fire and increase relief aid to the Gaza Strip. — Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah

Short Humanitarian Quotes

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  • The ideal in Martial Arts is humanitarianism. Accomplishment uses diligence as a goal. — Yip Man
  • If something's not impossible, there must be a way of doing it. — Nicholas Winton
  • Empathy, humanity and support for each other is more important than revenue, than growth. — Eric Yuan
  • So therefore this is scarcity that humans can’t f*** around with. — Raoul Pal
  • So nothing fancy, maybe simple stuff… we’re missing regular, normal Earth food. — Sergei Krikalev
  • On upholding openness and cooperation — Xi Jinping
  • Give young people a chance, our generation may just surprise you. — Marc Kielburger
  • If I’m going to use social media, might as well support a cause I care about and spread awareness. — Sadie Sink
  • That’s how a team works. You help the people around you, and everybody’s better off for it. — Michael J. Massimino
  • Europe will always provide shelter to those who are in need of international protection. — Ursula von der Leyen

Humanitarian Image Quotes

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Humanitarian quote by Marc Kielburger

Give young people a chance, our generation may just surprise you. — Marc Kielburger

Humanitarian Work Quotes

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So I've gone in and out of the UN, working on counter-terrorism, on UN reform, on peacekeeping, peace and security issues, many things through the years but always with a strong interest in humanitarian issues, and human rights issues as well. — Edward Luck

There’s a wide world out there. We shouldn’t think that crypto is going to be the most fertile ground to work in forever. — Sam Bankman-Fried

I want to be in a position where when we work with people, we’re a little more generous than we have particular reason to be. — Sam Bankman-Fried

If you think about Audrey Hepburn, I think she became more beautiful when she stopped being an actress and started working with humanitarian campaigns. The more engaged you can become the more you can shed your self-consciousness. — Cate Blanchett

I want to keep working, I want to keep doing my humanitarian stuff around the world, shining light on different places that have problems. Keep making movies, make people laugh. — Chris Tucker

It's very difficult to ignore humanitarian disasters. The royalties from my albums continue to support my charity work. — Cat Stevens

When I began my humanitarian work, I understood that in order to gain credibility I needed patience, commitment and unwavering perseverance. I needed to ignore the skeptics. — Bianca Jagger

I am an actress, I earn money, I am well-known. I don't think it is altruism to become engaged in humanitarian work. It's the least one can do. — Emmanuelle Beart

It is vital that our work be grounded in the evidence and thus accepted by the public. — Susan Collins

[Bong Joon-ho'] is quite different but technically, he is as clever as [Alfred] Hitchcock. That's saying something. In humanitarian terms, I think he is much cleverer. He is one of the best directors I've worked with. I absolutely adore working with him. — John Hurt

Humanitarian Aid Quotes

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The songs that I've written about Africa, and AIDS and HIV and about the power of humanitarian love, those songs, I'm gonna sing them because I know that it's real. — India.Arie

Every dollar that we send in State Department aid or humanitarian aid that saves us from having to get involved with very expensive military actions is a good investment. And frankly, helping Israel fight terrorism in the Middle East is much cheaper than us fighting it here on our shores. — Anthony Weiner

We need to be able to demonstrate that what we do in today's world, in humanitarian aid, the enormous effort to minimize the tragic situations that we see all over the world, I think, without the U.N., people would suffer much more, and the situation would be much more terrible. — Antonio Guterres

Altruism has always been one of biology's deep mysteries. Why should any animal, off on its own, specified and labeled by all sorts of signals as its individual self, choose to give up its life in aid of someone else? — Lewis Thomas

No man can write who is not first a humanitarian — William Faulkner

The first question is something immediate -- and immediately, we need humanitarian aid to be allowed into the Sudan before it becomes the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. — George Clooney

We've killed a million Iraqis since the start of the Gulf war - mostly by blocking humanitarian aid. — Woody Harrelson

Most wars, after all, present themselves as humanitarian endeavors to help people. — Howard Zinn

Taking care of children has nothing to do with politics. I think perhaps with time, instead of there being a politicization of humanitarian aid, there will be a humanization of politics. — Audrey Hepburn

I think continued actions by Bashar al-Assad clearly call into any question of him expecting to have any legitimacy to continue as the leader of Syria. With each of those actions, like attack with conventional weapons, barrel bombs and block humanitarian aid he really undermines his own legitimacy. — Rex W. Tillerson

Great Humanitarian Quotes

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Authority comes from creating remarkable content that actually helps people. — Brian Clark

Don't look for big things, just do small things with great love...the smaller the thing, the greater must be our love. — Mother Teresa

He was a great patriot, a humanitarian, a loyal friend; provided, of course, he really is dead. — Voltaire

Syria has become the great tragedy of this century - a disgraceful humanitarian calamity with suffering and displacement unparalleled in recent history. — Antonio Guterres

Fewer people, more focused on just a few things, could do more than a much larger team pulled in myriad directions. — Rand Fishkin

A person who has sympathy for mankind in the lump, faith in its future progress, and desire to serve the great cause of this progress, should be called not a humanist, but a humanitarian, and his creed may be designated as humanitarianism. — Irving Babbitt

Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great, you can be that generation — Nelson Mandela

Great coaches are great humanitarians. They really care for the athlete as people first and athletes second. This is paramount in gaining respect. — Gordie Gillespie

It's a great humanitarian injustice. Their families are here and they've been here. It's long past time for them to be reunited. — Jeff Cohen

I think one big thing about the United States is that the American population, they may be excited about Iraq or one thing or another, but basically has had a great deal of interest in humanitarian causes both within the country and abroad. Even when they criticize the mechanism to which it flows. — Amartya Sen

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More Humanitarian Quotes

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Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. — Nelson Mandela

Human rights are universal and indivisible. Human freedom is also indivisible: if it is denied to anyone in the world, it is therefore denied, indirectly, to all people. This is why we cannot remain silent in the face of evil or violence; silence merely encourages them. — Vaclav Havel

This is a humanitarian crisis because of the understanding across the globe that we now have an open border here. There are people being drawn here. They're being abused. There's all kinds of horrific, terrible, terrible stories. — Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

There are few professions whose primary objective is to advance the cause of humanity rather than simply to make money or accrue power. Among this limited group of humanitarians I would number teachers, nurses, bookstore owners, and bartenders. — Jack McDevitt

One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine. It’s very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project, most people are a little reluctant to oppose anything that suggests medical care for people who possibly can’t afford it. — Ronald Reagan

Today, we have more than 110,000 men and women deployed in conflict zones around the world. They come from nearly 120 countries ... Thanks to their efforts, life-saving humanitarian assistance can be delivered and economic development can begin. — Ban Ki-moon

I was proud to witness American Jewish organizations found the Save Darfur Coalition in June 2004 to mobilize a coordinated interfaith response to the ongoing humanitarian disaster. — Jan Schakowsky

I support concrete and progressive immigration reform based on three primary criteria: family reunification, economic contributions, and humanitarian concerns. — Jeff Bingaman

Finally, I am encouraged to note that the Security Council issued a statement today expressing its concern about the massive humanitarian crisis in Darfur and calling on all parties to the conflict to protect civilians and reach a ceasefire. — Jan Egeland

I don’t know if World Mobile was originally my calling but when you find a problem so big, you just can’t ignore it. — Micky Watkins

The greatest acts of service come from a place of total selflessness, where you’re not doing it because you have to, but because you want to. — Russell Brunson

The movement is called World Mobile, and we believe that we can connect the unconnected and bank the unbanked before 2030… — Micky Watkins

We estimate that humanitarian agencies have access to about 350,000 vulnerable people in Darfur - only about one third of the estimated total population in need. — Jan Egeland

We won’t take distance for an answer. We’ll go the extra mile to connect everyone, everywhere, because we know connection is everything. — Micky Watkins

Traveling outside of Earth, I get this feeling of being part of mankind. So we do not represent only our countries in space; it’s an international adventure. — Sergei Krikalev

Before I leave this earth, I’m going to help people have a better future. — Giannis Antetokounmpo

I want to live in a world where every person gives far more than they take. — Markiplier

There are 1000 mobile network operators competing for half the world, but there’s none competing for the other half. — Micky Watkins

Show empathy for your audience by helping them solve problems or make their lives better. — Brian Clark

A need is what you believe your customers require to solve a problem, and the product or business becomes the mechanism to fulfill that requirement. — Pat Flynn

Giving back and making a positive impact on the world is a responsibility we all have. — Jim Simons

Some people are motivated by money – I’m not one of them. — Harry Kane

Art to me is a humanitarian act and I believe that there is a responsibility that art should somehow be able to effect mankind, to make the word a better place. — Jeff Koons

Don't be content in your life just to do no wrong, be prepared every day to try and do some good. — Nicholas Winton

A lot of what we ended up doing and focusing on was a distraction, to some extent, from one unbelievably important area that we completely failed on and that was risk. — Sam Bankman-Fried

The sea [and space] is a hostile environment, so people help each other to fight with nature. — Sergei Krikalev

A Europe that is so proud of its values and so proud of its rule of law has to be able to come up with an answer that is both humane and effective. — Ursula von der Leyen

I’m enjoying my life as a fighter, but more as a human and this is what matters. — Joanna Jedrzejczyk

Any security issues, you have to be very hands on to really understand what’s the exact problem, and then take quick action. — Eric Yuan

Humans are actually far more likely to get taken out by an impact event or a supervolcano than we are to get killed in a crash of a commercial airliner. — John Young

Most people are only as needy as their unmet needs. — Amir Levine

In Conclusion

Now, why should you read humanitarian quotes? Because they motivate us, they push us out of our comfort zones and propel us towards action. These quotes are the echoes of the brave hearts who have dedicated their lives to humanitarian work. They serve as gentle reminders of World Humanitarian Day, highlighting the importance of kindness and empathy in our daily lives. They encourage us to view the world not just through our own lenses but through the eyes of those who are in need. So, read them, be inspired by them, and let them guide you in your journey to making a positive difference in the world.

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