C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


My heart is ever at your service.


They also serve who only stand and wait.


  • You know that love
  • Will creep in service where it cannot go.
  • Shakespeare.

  • They serve God well,
  • Who serve his creatures.
  • Mrs. Norton.

  • Who seeks for aid
  • Must show how service sought can be repaid.
  • Lord Lytton.

    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.
  • Shakespeare.

  • We are his,
  • To serve him nobly in the common cause,
  • True to the death, but not to be his slaves.
  • Cowper.

  • And ye shall succor men;
  • ’Tis nobleness to serve;
  • Help them who cannot help again:
  • Beware from right to swerve.
  • Emerson.

  • 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.
  • Wordsworth.

    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.