What is being a humanitarian?

Our existence as a human being already has its responsibilities. But it is still a choice whether to fulfill these duties or waste your chances. You can make a decision to use your life as a blessing or the other way around. Life is full of choices, make it count.

Becoming a humanitarian does not necessarily mean you are available for everyone, any time, anywhere. It can mean that you are aware of different people’s welfare and that you are willing to help by all means necessary.

Suffering is part of human life which means you can experience it too, but trying to help other people while you are also struggling can be something that the world needs right now.

There are people who can’t be vocal on what they are feeling and you may not notice that sometimes it’s too heavy for them to bear. A simple gesture of kindness can mean a lot to them. It should be our heart’s desire to help each other out rather than bring each other down.

In this world full of judgement and discrimination, what seems to be the purpose imparted to you? What is your goal as you live the rest of your lives here? You may have heard of YOLO (You only live once) and was planning to make the most of it. Yet, is living life for selfish reasons worth it? Was it enough? Is there satisfaction, or you still felt empty inside? 

Top Humanitarian Quotes

Here are some of the top humanitarian quotes that could remind you how life as a human being should be lived.

  1. “In life, there are always two choices; the selfish and the selfless.” – Wayne Gerard Trotman
  2. “Life is not lived till it’s lived for others.” – Abhijit Naskar, No Foreigner Only Family
  3. “Labels are labels and will always be labels but people are rare jewels of the Earth.” – Helen Edwards, Nothing Sexier Than Freedom
  4. “People are the alpha – people are the omega – no law, science, art and religion should ever forget that.” – Abhijit Naskar, Ain’t Enough to Look Human
  5. “One day, I shall be retired from being professional but no day, I shall be tired of being human” –  P.S. Jagadeesh Kumar
  6. “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.” – Audrey Hepburn
  7. “Let’s try something more challenging: for instance, being humane. Compassion is the only way to maintain peace in the world.” – Shivanshu K. Srivastava
  8. Law exists so long as it has the consent of the people – science exists so long as it has the consent of the people – art exists so long as it has the consent of the people – religion exists so long as it has the consent of the people.” – Abhijit Naskar, Ain’t Enough to Look Human
  9. “We’re born accompanied; sacrifice is essential. Their pain is real, my pleasure’s potential.” – Karl Kristian Flores, Can I Tell You Something?
  10. “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.” – Dr. Albert Schweitzer
  11. “When your bones ignite and your blood boils at the sight of misery, injustice and hate, that’s when you are truly born as a human.” – Abhijit Naskar, Ain’t Enough to Look Human
  12. “What is a smile but proof that we have forgotten truth.” – Karl Kristian Flores, Can I Tell You Something?
  13. “The size of a human heart cannot be measured by money, ancestry or popularity, it can only be measured by love.” – Abhijit Naskar, Ain’t Enough to Look Human
  14. “Be afraid, be extreme and be absurd – be afraid of losing touch – be extreme in accepting others – and be absurd in serving society.” – Abhijit Naskar, Citizens of Peace: Beyond the Savagery of Sovereignty
  15. “Awake, arise, be the vessel of life and humanity, not of death and savagery.” – Abhijit Naskar, Ain’t Enough to Look Human
  16. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  17. “Be a miracle in a land that has none.” – Abhijit Naskar
  18. “Service is the highway to salvation.” – Abhijit Naskar, Ain’t Enough to Look Human
  19. “Adjusting to inhumanity is crime against humanity.” – Abhijit Naskar, Aşkanjali: The Sufi Sermon
  20. “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.” – J.K. Rowling
  21. “Power doesn’t mean to control people, real power is to bring happiness in their lives.” – Abhijit Naskar, Ain’t Enough to Look Human
  22. “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.” – Nelson Mandela
  23. “Society begins with us and ends with us.” – Abhijit Naskar, Aşkanjali: The Sufi Sermon
  24. “I don’t care about your religious belief or disbelief, all I care about is your behavior with others.” – Abhijit Naskar, Ain’t Enough to Look Human
  25. “One who knows pain, can help others without gain.” – Abhijit Naskar, Every Generation Needs Caretakers: The Gospel of Patriotism
  26. “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.” – Sergei Lavrov
  27. “Humanity first, nationality later – compassion first, religion later – acceptance first, formalities later.” – Abhijit Naskar, The Gospel of Technology
  28. “I do not care whether there is an almighty lord up there, all I care is that this is our world and if we don’t take responsibility for it, then we better pack up our bags and head back home to the jungle.” – Abhijit Naskar, Ain’t Enough to Look Human
  29. “It’s time that we teach humanity to the humans, and the only way to do that, is by being the emblem of humanity ourselves. And being an emblem of humanity means being an emblem of justice, equality, reasoning and acceptance.” – Abhijit Naskar, See No Gender
  30. “To say that on a daily basis you can make a difference, well, you can. One act of kindness a day can do it.” – Betty Williams
  31. “Selfishness is death, service is life.” – Abhijit Naskar
  32. “Human welfare is human duty.” –  Abhijit Naskar, Ain’t Enough to Look Human
  33. “In our angst and joy, we are ONE under the sky of humanity ~ Mala Naidoo, Author” – Mala Naidoo
  34. “If you can’t feed a hundred people, feed just one.” – Mother Teresa
  35. “There is power in you to either make the world or break the world – so what will it be?” – Abhijit Naskar, Ain’t Enough to Look Human
  36. “Injustice won’t destroy our world, indifference to injustice will.” – Abhijit Naskar, Operation Justice: To Make A Society That Needs No Law
  37. “The question is not how long will you live, the question is, if you die tomorrow, will your name be alive even after a hundred years!” – Abhijit Naskar, Ain’t Enough to Look Human
  38. “Stand free and stand human, and the whole world will stand by you.” – Abhijit Naskar, See No Gender
  39. “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.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  40. “Animals care for caste, creed and color, humans care for humanity.” – Abhijit Naskar
  41. “The title human is not our birthright, we have to earn it by living with humanity.” – Abhijit Naskar, Ain’t Enough to Look Human
  42. “People are slaves to time and time is slave to those who sacrifice all for people.” – Abhijit Naskar, Monk Meets World
  43. “To really change the world, we have to help people change the way they see things.” – Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem
  44. “If we don’t take responsibility of what happens to our society, then no amount of Independence can improve human condition.” – Abhijit Naskar, Citizens of Peace: Beyond the Savagery of Sovereignty
  45. “As long as there is even a single community of thinking humans who could say I am not their own, I’ll consider my mission to be incomplete. I must belong to everyone, or else my life is worthless, for belonging to the whole of humanity is what makes us human.” – Abhijit Naskar, Ain’t Enough to Look Human
  46. “Fear, by definition, is the feeling caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain or pose a threat.” – Terence Lester, I See You: How Love Opens Our Eyes to Invisible People
  47. “Let us try to teach generosity and altruism because we are all born selfish.” – Richard Dawkins
  48. “Humans without borders, that’s what the world needs – beings of conscience and courage, with no rigidity of religion, gender, nationality, or any other.” – Abhijit Naskar, Ain’t Enough to Look Human
  49. “Be human. Free your mind” – Arif Naseem
  50. “It’s not enough to shout about equality, we must feel it, mean it and act on it.” – Abhijit Naskar, Ain’t Enough to Look Human

Reflections on Today’s Quotes

It only takes a minute or two to say “Hello” and “How are you?”. How often do you say these words? Or are you someone who’s waiting for these words to be asked to you?

Yes, we all face battles we don’t usually share to others, in fears of wasting their time or bothering them. We are often afraid to be seen as weak, but we all have our times when we feel so low, yet we are scared to admit it to the world. So we end up keeping it all in, until we can’t carry them anymore. Continuously drowning in thoughts and doubts.

This is where anxiety and depression could start. Imagine how many people seem to be looking for help, but no one seems to be responding. The change could start in you, no matter how small the good deed is. It doesn’t need to be grand and world changing.

Sometimes, a bright small action can do great things and can brighten up someone’s day whom you didn’t know was suffering a hard battle inside. It could cheer up someone who’s about to end it all. It can save a life.

At what costs are you willing to take to make this world a better place to live in? How long are we going to wait for that someone to step up and then we follow after? If the change starts in us, and the others do so as well, progress can be faster than what we expect it to be. Can you imagine how the world would look like if the good overpowers the wicked things? You can do something, and that something can be started today.

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