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The Best Humanitarian Quotes

This X-mas, get some inspiration! The holiday season is about spending time with family. But it’s also a time to reflect and prepare for the next year. It’s a time for charity, compassion, and humanity. Many humanitarians today are not home for X-mas. They continue being in the field, implementing their mission. They do so, because of their commitment and compassion. And for that, we are grateful! That’s why we chose some of our favorite quotes that inspire humanitarianism.

The Best Humanitarian Quotes

Martin Luther King Jr.

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?”

Mahatma Gandhi

“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.”

Sergei Lavrov

“Humanitarian issues must bring together all people who act in good faith trying to alleviate the suffering of people in dire need especially women, children and the elderly.”

Dr. Albert Schweitzer

“The thinking man must oppose all cruel customs, no matter how deeply rooted in tradition and surrounded by a halo. When we have a choice, we must avoid bringing torment and injury into the life of another, even the lowliest creature; but to do so is to renounce our manhood and shoulder a guilt which nothing justifies.”

Nelson Mandela

“Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is human-made and can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. You can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.”

Mother Teresa

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, feed just one.”

Richard Dawkins

“Let us try to teach generosity and altruism because we are all born selfish.”

Audrey Hepburn

“Since the world has existed, there has been injustice. But it is one world, the more so as it becomes smaller, more accessible. There is just no question that there is more obligation that those who have should give to those who have nothing.”

J.K. Rowling

“The power of human empathy, leading to collective action, saves lives and frees prisoners. Ordinary people, whose personal well-being and security are assured, join together in huge numbers to save people they do not know, and will never meet….Unlike any other creature on this planet, humans can learn and understand, without having experienced. They can think themselves into other people’s places…. We do not need magic to change the world; we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.”

Betty Williams

“To say that on a daily basis you can make a difference, well, you can. One act of kindness a day can do it.”


“We hope that these X-mas humanitarian quotes inspired you today!” – Your Raptim Team

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