activity that directly satisfies wants without producing a lasting asset
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Service is work people do for others. Service in exchange for money is known as trade.


  • Everything in our modern substitutes for religion—whether Baconian or Rousseauistic—will be found to converge upon the idea of service. The crucial question is whether one is safe in assuming that the immense machinery of power that has resulted from activity of the utilitarian type can be made, on anything like present lines, to serve disinterested ends; whether it will not rather minister to the egoistic aims either of national groups or of individuals.
    • Irving Babbitt, "What I Believe" (1930), Irving Babbitt: Representative Writings (1981), pp. 7-8
  • We are his,
    To serve him nobly in the common cause,
    True to the death, but not to be his slaves.
Господин стеснен при слуге, слуга стеснен перед господином; только с равным себе вполне свободен человек.
  • The rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave; just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve.
    • Jesus as reported in Matthew 20:25-27.
  • A servant is the true reflection of his master.
  • We say that life is service for evolution. One might find it simpler to say that life is evolution, but We emphasize the idea of service. Indeed, everything is in the process of evolution, but life’s full expression can come only under conditions of voluntary service. It is the voluntary quality of service that indicates the rightness of the path. In general, people dislike the concept of service. They dream about a time when there will be no need for it, and would be horrified to learn that all of life is unending service... It is hard for them to understand that art is a refined aid for evolution, and that We recommend the mastery of any art or craft as a rapid approach to service. A master will willingly agree to perpetual service in the perfection of his art, and feels no need to count the hours of labor.... Our life is a voluntary mastership and is not concerned with limits. 305
  • Even on Earth it is possible to almost forget time, and service becomes joy. I affirm that one can prepare oneself for such service under all circumstances. One need not be a sage to accept life as something important and responsible. There are examples of even simple farmers who were ready to devote themselves to the idea of service. It was the loss of this concept of service that turned earthly life into slavery and insanity. But the time is approaching when people will be looking, even unwittingly, for the purpose of life. They will first refer to evolution in scientific terms, but the next step will be the acceptance of service as the right approach to life. The Thinker taught that the concept of service can solve the riddles of life. 305
  • Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
    • Matthew 6:19–21,24 (KJV)
  • I am an ass, indeed, you may prove it by my long ears. I have served him from the hour of my nativity to this instant, and have nothing at his hands for my service but blows. When I am cold, he heats me with beating.
  • Had I but serv'd my God with half the zeal
    I serv'd my king, he would not in mine age
    Have left me naked to mine enemies.
  • We cannot all be masters, nor all masters cannot be truly followed.
  • Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.
  • Understanding who you serve is always a very important problem, and it only gets harder the more people that you serve. We try to pay a lot of attention to this by a combination of very rigorous quantitative and qualitative feedback. But if you’re serving 1.2 billion people, it’s very hard.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical QuotationsEdit

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 699.
  • If I had always served God as I have served you, Madam, I should not have a great account to render at my death.
    • Francis Bacon, Life and Times of Francis the First, Volume I, p. 46, of ed. 2.
  • And Master Kingston, this I will say—had I but served God as diligently as I have served the king, he would not have given me over in my grey hairs.
  • When I have attempted to join myself to others by services, it proved an intellectual trick,—no more. They eat your service like apples, and leave you out. But love them, and they feel you, and delight in you all the time.
  • Had I but written as many odes in praise of Muhammad and Ali as I have composed for King Mahmud, they would have showered a hundred blessings on me.
  • Is thy servant a dog, that he should do this great thing?
    • II Kings, VIII. 13.
  • "Sidney Godolphin," said Charles (II), "is never in the way and never out of the way."
  • Who seeks for aid
    Must show how service sought can be repaid.
  • They also serve who only stand and wait.
    • John Milton, Sonnet, On his Blindness.
    • Compare "Patience is also a form of action." Attributed to Auguste Rodin in: Leonard William Doob (1990). Hesitation: Impulsivity and Reflection. p. 124
  • They serve God well,
    Who serve his creatures.
    • Mrs. Norton, The Lady of La Garaye, Conclusion, line 9.
  • God curse Moawiyah. If I had served God so well as I have served him, he would never have damned me to all eternity.
    • Found in Ockley's History of the Saracens. An. Hegira 54, A. D. 673.
  • Domini pudet non servitutis.
  • Small service is true service while it lasts:
    Of humblest friends, bright Creature! scorn not one;
    The Daisy, by the shadow that it casts,
    Protects the lingering dew drop from the Sun.

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