Motivational & Inspirational Social Worker Quotes

“We need a stronger national voice for social workers which leads to a change in how the profession is viewed and its ability to represent itself to other professional bodies and with central government.” – Andy Sawford

“We are not social workers. We are contemplatives in the heart of the world.” – Mother Teresa

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“You cannot sincerely try to help another without helping yourself” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The judges of normality are present everywhere. We are in the society of the teacher-judge, the doctor-judge, the educator-judge, the social worker -judge.” – Michel Foucault

“While some who downplay Christ’s divinity have imagined Jesus as a great social worker ‘being kind to old ladies, small dogs and little children,’ orthodox Christianity has not wanted Jesus to have a political message.” – N. T. Wright

“If there is ever a fascist takeover in America, it will come not in the form of storm troopers kicking down doors but with lawyers and social workers saying. “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” – Jonah Goldberg

“If I hadn’t become a model I thought of doing many things. I wanted to be an archaeologist at one point, but I was a little kid. I wanted to be a social worker.” – Amber Valletta

“I look at Van Halen as social workers. What we’re really doing is creating jobs for rock critics.” – Alex Van Halen

“I was like a social worker for lepers. My clients had a chunk of their body they wanted to give away; for a price I was there to receive it.” – Tama Janowitz

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“I don’t do research for my novels. Obviously, in my other line of work as a reporter and a columnist, I’ve had the opportunity to get to know both social workers and TV talk-show hosts.” – Anna Quindlen

“The child welfare system – devised and run by liberal social workers, psychologists, and judges. . .Treats incompetent or abusive parents as its clients, and only secondarily considers the needs and well-being of the children involved.” – Mona Charen

“I’d been a psychiatric social worker for 17 years, but within 24 hours after I started the case against studying reading Bible in school by my son, I was fired from my job as a supervisor in the city public welfare department. And I was unable to find another one. So my income was completely cut off.” – Madalyn Murray O’Hair

“My children needed me, and I like my job as a social worker.” – Indira Gandhi

“My mom was a social worker. I had a pretty good idea of what the authorities can do when a parent’s not around.” – Leigh Newman

“Drug programs began to turn their attention and money away from prevention and into maintenance. Methadone was cheaper than social workers, I suppose.” – John Dufresne

My father was a psychiatrist

“My father was a psychiatrist and a social worker but he was a very talented painter and musician and writer on the side.” – Babatunde Adebimpe

“To confine soldiers to purely military functions while urgent and vital tasks have to be done, and nobody else is available to undertake them, would be senseless. The soldier must then be prepared to become a propagandist, a social worker, a civil engineer, a schoolteacher, a nurse, a boy scout. But only for as long as he cannot be replaced, for it is better to entrust civilian tasks to civilians.” – David Galula

“One of the reasons I came into politics was because I thought I lacked the skills to be a social worker.” – Margaret Beckett

“I was under the librarians’ protection. Civil servants and servants of civility, they had my back. The would be whatever they needed to be that day: information professionals, teachers, police, community organizers, computer technicians, historians, confidantes, clerks, social workers, storytellers, or, in this case, guardians of my peace.” – Marilyn Johnson

“If ever we needed in this country to adopt a new attitude towards homosexuality, this is the time. Instead of treating it as a crime, and driving it underground, we ought to recognize it for what it is: it’s a mental illness, it’s a psychiatric condition which ought to be treated sympathetically by psychiatrists and social workers.” – Tommy Douglas

“Alan: Conning people out of their savings. Forgery. Blackmail. Selling real estate on Mars. We could have it all. You with me, Bambi?” Sin: “Clive, I was with you from ‘I’m a social worker.” – Sarah Rees Brennan

“I had a little insight into life that most kids probably didn’t have. My mother was a schoolteacher, and my father was a social worker. Through his eyes I saw the underside of society.” – Charles Kuralt

“All social workers want is to get everyone involved in a programme. Because a programme provides full employment for three generations of social workers. And they mess up.” – David Eddings

It would be wonderful

“It would be wonderful to have a guru; it would be like having a social worker or a personal trainer, not that people who had either of these necessarily appreciated the advice they received.” – Alexander McCall Smith

“The greatest scandal of the century in American psychiatry … is the growing mania among thousands of inept therapists, family counselors, and social workers for arousing false memories of childhoood sexual abuse.” – Martin Gardner

“For a long time I was interested in being a social worker. In a lot of ways I feel that that’s all my music is, trying to help people.” – Iris DeMent

“In the 21st century when few of us stay in the same job all our lives, I would like to think there was flexibility so teachers could become social workers, or foster carers become teachers.” – Estelle Morris, Baroness Morris of Yardley

“My father was an engineer and my mother was a social worker, and they met as young socialists. That probably tells you everything you need to know about my attitude to money – I’ve never really been bothered about it.” – Jo Brand

“Just as in policing there is an emphasis on civilians to help with paperwork, we must free up trained and experienced social workers to focus on children, not bureaucracy.” – Andy Sawford

“Don’t show up around here until your social worker’s helped.” – Elton John

Civilization is a method

“Civilization is a method of living, an attitude of equal respect for all men.” – Jane Addams

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” – Mother Teresa

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – Dr. Seuss

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Unknown

“I couldn’t even go to the bathroom alone. My mother or a social worker always went with me.” – Natalie Wood