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68 Motivational Quotes about Social Workers on a Bad Day

by Shannan Reyes
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Social workers play a vital role in improving the quality of life of the downtrodden. They fight for justice, end people’s suffering, and improve lives and communities. If you are a social worker having a bad day and you need some inspiration to keep going, this article offers you the ultimate list of 68 motivational quotes about social workers.

68 Motivational Quotes about Social Workers on a Bad Day

Social Workers

1. “There is no greater joy nor greater reward than to make a fundamental difference in someone’s life.” – Mary Rose McGeady
2. “Social Work is the Art of Listening and the Science of Hope.” – unknown
3. “One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.” – J.F. Kennedy
4. “The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion.”- Paulo Coelho
5. “Never be a prisoner of your past, it was just a lesson, not a life sentence.” – unknown
6. “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.” –Angela Davis
7. “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
8. “When a flower doesn’t bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower.” –Alexander Den Heijer
9. “May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.” – Nelson Mandela
10. “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
11. “True peace is not merely the absence of tension, it is the presence of justice.” – Martin Luther King
12. “Never, ever, 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.
13. “Life’s most urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
14. “The happiest moments will also be a little sad.” – Rebecca Pearson
15. “Offer your hand, not your judgment.” – unknown
16. “Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.” – Mother Teresa
17. “I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.” – Oprah Winfrey
18. “Be gentle with yourself, you’re doing the best you can.” – unknown
19. “Be careful with your words, once they are said, they can be only forgiven, not forgotten.” – unknown
20. “Be the energy you want to attract.” – unknown
21. “What you think you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create.” – Buddha
22. “Ignoring your passion is like dying a slow death… Passion whispers to you through your feelings, beckoning you toward your highest good. Pay attention to what makes you feel energized, connected, and stimulated- what gives you your juice. Do what you love, give it back in the form of service, and you will do more than succeed. You will triumph.” – Oprah Winfrey
23. “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” -Mother Teresa
24. “Life becomes harder for us when we live for others, but it also becomes richer and happier.” –Albert Schweitzer
25. “Every time you state what you want or believe, you’re the first to hear it. It’s a message to both you and others about what you think is possible. Don’t put a ceiling on yourself.”- Oprah Winfrey.
26. “Everyone has a purpose in life…a unique gift or special talent to give to others. And when we blend this unique talent with service to others, we experience the ecstasy and exultation of our own spirit, which is the ultimate goal of all goals.”  – Deepak Chopra
27. “Strong people stand for themselves. But the strongest people stand up for others.” – unknown
28. “The life of a man consists not in seeing visions and in dreaming dreams, but in active charity and in willing service.” – H. Longfellow
29. “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
30. “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
31. “No one has ever become poor by giving.” – Anne Frank
32. “Don’t worry about being successful but work toward being significant and the success will naturally follow.” – Oprah Winfrey
33. “At any given moment, you have the power to say, this is not how the story is going to end.”- unknown
34. “Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine.” ― Roy T. Bennett
35. “Sometimes we have to do the work, even though we don’t yet see a glimmer on the horizon that it’s actually going to be possible.” – A Davis
36. “The time is always right to do what is right.” – Martin Luther King, Jr
37. “You don’t get paid for the hour. You get paid for the value you bring to the hour.” – Jim Rohn
38. “Start each day with a positive thought and a grateful heart.” ― Roy T. Bennett
39. “I am opposing a social order in which it is possible for one man who does absolutely nothing that is useful to amass a fortune of hundreds of millions of dollars, while millions of men and women who work all the days of their lives secure barely enough for a wretched existence.” – Eugene V. Debs
40. “Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.” – Albert Schweitzer
41. “Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenge, wish for more wisdom.”- Jim Rohn
42. “The more you care, the stronger you can be.” – Jim Rohn
43. “You can no longer see or identify yourself solely as a member of a tribe, but as a citizen of a nation of one people working toward a common purpose.”- Idowu Koyenikan
44. “Imagine all the little people living life in peace.” – John Lennon
45. “Live the Life of Your Dreams: Be brave enough to live the life of your dreams according to your vision and purpose instead of the expectations and opinions of others.” ― Roy T. Bennett
46. “Take advantage of every opportunity to practice your communication skills so that when important occasions arise, you will have the gift, the style, the sharpness, the clarity, and the emotions to affect other people.” – Jim Rohn
47. “Be grateful for what you already have while you pursue your goals. If you aren’t grateful for what you already have, what makes you think you would be happy with more.” ― Roy T. Bennett
48. “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” — Helen Keller
49. “Success is not how high you have climbed, but how you make a positive difference to the world.” ― Roy T. Bennett
50. “Life is about accepting the challenges along the way, choosing to keep moving forward, and savoring the journey.” ― Roy T. Bennett
51. “Collaborating with other social workers and being part of interdisciplinary units can help in many ways. By sharing their experiences with one another, social workers can share in the celebrations and challenges of their work.” – Hellen Keller
52. “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
53. “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
54. “Speak up if you want to bring change to the world.” — Dr. DaShanne Spokes
55. “The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.” — Barack Obama
56. “I believe that every single event in life happens in an opportunity to choose love over fear.” — Oprah Winfrey
57. “The happiest people I know are those who lose themselves in the service of others.” — Gordon B. Hinckley
58. “Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love.” — Mother Teresa
59. “As we lose ourselves in the service of others, we discover our own lives and our own happiness.” — Dieter F. Uchtdorf
60. “You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.” — Rosa Parks
61. “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
62. “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” — Dr. Seuss
63. “It is not enough to be compassionate. You must act.” — Dalai Lama
64. “I always wondered why somebody doesn’t do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody.” — Lily Tomlin
65. “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
66. “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” — Mahatma Gandhi
67. “Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” — Barack Obama
68. “If people were silent, nothing would change.” — Malala Yousafzai

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