quote by Abdul Sattar Edhi

My religion is humanitarianism, which is the basis of every religion in the world.

— Abdul Sattar Edhi

Empowering Philanthropy quotations

If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune.

If you want happiness for a lifetime, help someone else.

If the society today allows wrongs to go unchallenged, the impression is created that those wrongs have the approval of the majority.

One of the greatest things you have in life is that no one has the authority to tell you what you want to be. You're the one who'll decide what you want to be. Respect yourself and respect the integrity of others as well. The greatest thing you have is your self image, a positive opinion of yourself. You must never let anyone take it from you.

Wealth is not to feed our egos but to feed the hungry and to help people help themselves.


I expect to pass through life but once.

If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.

Just remember the world is not a playground but a schoolroom.

Life is not a holiday but an education. One eternal lesson for us all: to teach us how better we should love.

By its very definition, civic responsibility means taking a healthy role in the life of one's community. That means that classroom lessons should be complemented by work outside the classroom. Service-learning does just that, tying community service to academic learning.

Businesses must reconnect company success with social progress.

Shared value is not social responsibility, philanthropy, or even sustainability, but a new way to achieve economic success. It is not on the margin of what companies do but at the center. We believe that it can give rise to the next major transformation of business thinking.

When you stop giving and offering something to the rest of the world, it's time to turn out the lights.


Imagination is to love what gas is to the balloon-that which raises it from earth.

Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.

A robin redbreast in a cage Puts all heaven in a rage.

If philanthropy is not voluntary, it destroys liberty and justice.

The law can give nothing that has not first been taken from its owner.

Do what you can, with what you have and do it now!


Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary.

The test of a civilization is in the way that it cares for its helpless members

What the poor need is not charity but capital, not caseworkers but coworkers.

And what the rich need is a wise, honorable and just way of divesting themselves of their overabundance.

While every refugee's story is different and their anguish personal, they all share a common thread of uncommon courage - the courage not only to survive, but to persevere and rebuild their shattered lives.

Great men cultivate love...only little men cherish a spirit of hatred


Never think you need to apologize for asking someone to give to a worthy cause, any more than as though you were giving him or her an opportunity to participate in a high-grade investment. The duty of giving is as much his or hers as is the duty of asking yours.

To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.

For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not our business.

It takes a noble man to plant a seed for a tree that will someday give shade to people he may never meet.

Charity is just writing checks and not being engaged.

Philanthropy, to me, is being engaged, not only with your resources but getting people and yourself really involved and doing things that haven't been done before.


The man who dies rich, dies disgraced.

Happiness is not so much in having as sharing.

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

Donate and do not talk about it, they say you do nothing for the society;

do and talk about it, they say you seek publicity!

Philanthropy lies at the heart of human greatness.

My father, a bookkeeper who never earned more than $11,000 a year in his life, sat there, writing out a $25 check to the NAACP. When I asked him why, he said discrimination against anyone is discrimination against us all. And I never forgot that. Indeed, his philanthropy was a gift, not just to that organization, but to me.


What really matters is what you do with what you have.

It is easy to love the people far away.

It is not always easy to love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our own home. Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start.

It is every man's obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it.

There's no substitute for rolling up your sleeves and working with the people who can make a difference. They get the benefit of your participation and you gain a direct understanding of the real problems and potential solutions, which makes you a more informed giver.

We started our foundation because we believe we have a real opportunity to help advance equity around the world, to help make sure that, no matter where a person is born, he or she has the chance to live a healthy, productive life.

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