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Inspiring Quotes by Rotarians


"The Roaring Lion" a portrait of Sir Winston Churchill by Yousuf Karsh.

Winston Churchill: "We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give." - Directly echoes the philosophy of Rotary, of selfless giving and service above self.

Charles H. Mayo: "The aim of medicine is to prevent disease and prolong life, the ideal of medicine is to eliminate the need of a physician." - Aligns with Rotary's commitment to enhancing health, promoting well-being, and fighting diseases.

Thomas A. Edison: "Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time." - Reflects the determination and commitment in Rotary's pursuit of community service and global change.

Orville Wright: "If we worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true really is true, then there would be little hope for advance." - Embodies the Rotary spirit of innovation, growth, and improvement.

Neil Armstrong: "I believe every human has a finite number of heartbeats. I don't intend to waste any of mine." - Resonates with Rotary's philosophy of making every moment count in the service of humanity.

John F. Kennedy: "Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country." - Emphasizes the central Rotary value of selfless service to the community.

Richard E. Byrd: "Few men during their lifetime come anywhere near exhausting the resources dwelling within them. There are deep wells of strength that are never used." - Reflects Rotary's belief in the potential of every individual to contribute significantly to society.

Sir Edmund Hillary: "It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves." - Connects with the challenges Rotary members willingly take on for personal growth and societal benefit.


Charles Lindberg: "Life is like a landscape. You live in the midst of it but can describe it only from the vantage point of distance." - Mirrors Rotary's global perspective in understanding and addressing issues.

Franklin D. Roosevelt: "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." - Reflects the Rotary focus on helping those less fortunate and promoting fairness and equity.

Walt Disney: "The greatest moments in life are not concerned with selfish achievements but rather with the things we do for the people we love and esteem, and whose respect we need." - Conveys the value Rotary places on community service and earning respect through deeds, not words.

Pope Francis: "A little bit of mercy makes the world less cold and more just." - Aligns with Rotary's mission to foster understanding, goodwill, and peace.

Luciano Pavarotti: "I think a life in music is a life beautifully spent and this is what I have devoted my life to." - Illustrates the diversity of passion that drives Rotary members in their service and commitment to making the world a better place.

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