Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News

The Christmas season brings with it lots of gifts, family and fun, but it can also be a time to reflect on our blessings and what is most important in life.


As you sip your hot cocoa and hang your stockings, here are a few messages to think on that might just inspire you to look outside of your front door to those in need.


Click through this list for 20 quotes of charity and love from authors and spiritual and world leaders.

Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News

"You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving."

– Amy Carmichael, missionary

Source: "The Westminster Collection of Christian Quotations"

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

"My grandmother would constantly say, 'Sister, when you get, give. When you learn, teach.'"

– Maya Angelou, author

Source: Southern Living

Stuart Johnson, Deseret News

"Rather than being judgmental and critical of each other, may we have the pure love of Christ for our fellow travelers in this journey through life."

– Thomas S. Monson, President of the LDS Church

Source: LDS.org

Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News

"We must not forget that true power, at whatever level, is service."

– Pope Francis, Pope of the Roman Catholic Church

Source: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

"In this world, it is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich."

– Henry Ward Beecher, minister

Source: Oprah.com

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

"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, author

Source: Harvard Magazine

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

"A closer look at our own experiences as well as research data suggests that the secret to lasting happiness does not lie in any goods, relationships or achievements, but rather in what we can give: not just material gifts, but gifts of time, gifts of love, gifts of ourselves. Compassion and service don't just make us happy but they also have a host of other associated benefits and may even contribute to a longer life."

– Emma M. Seppälä, psychologist

Source: Psychology Today

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

"No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another."

– Charles Dickens, author

Source: National Philanthropic Trust

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

"God does not need our money. But you and I need the experience of giving it."

– James Dobson, psychologist

Source: "The Westminster Collection of Christian Quotations"

Stuart Johnson, Deseret News

"Why can’t all of us reach out in friendship to everyone about us? Why is there so much bitterness and animosity? It is not a part of the gospel of Jesus Christ."

– Gordon B. Hinckley, President of the LDS Church (1995-2008)

Source: LDS.org

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

"When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die."

– Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States (1933-1945)

Source: "The Harper Book of Quotations"

Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News

"Teach us to give and not to count the cost."

– Ignatius of Loyola, saint

Source: "The Harper Book of Quotations"

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

"Compassion for others begins with kindness to ourselves."

– Pema Chödrön, nun

Source: "Start where You are: A Guide to Compassionate Living"

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

"The Buddha taught that anyone who experiences the delight of being truly generous will never want to eat another meal without sharing it."

– Martha Beck, life coach

Source: Oprah.com

Tom Smart, Deseret News

"Love grows by giving. The love we give away is the only love we keep. The only way to retain love is to give it away."

– Elbert Hubbard, author

Source: Oprah.com

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

"I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver."

– Maya Angelou, author

Source: National Philanthropic Trust

Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News

"If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich."

– John F. Kennedy, President of the United States (1961-1963)

Source: "The Harper Book of Quotations"

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

"If a friend is in trouble, don't annoy him by asking if there is anything you can do. Think up something appropriate and do it."

– Edgar Watson Howe, author

Source: "The Harper Book of Quotations"

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

"What is the use of living, if it be not to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who will live in it after we are gone? How else can we put ourselves in harmonious relation with the great verities and consolations of the infinite and the eternal?"

– Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1951-1955)

Source: The Churchill Centre

Ravell Call, Deseret News

"What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?"

– George Eliot, author

Source: National Philanthropic Trust