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Generosity Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Generosity

Please enjoy these Generosity Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

A Single Generosity Enlarges the World.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

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If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need
but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?
- 1 John 3:17 PHOTO

The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.
The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
- Lao Tzu

One can not reflect in streaming water.
Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
- Lao Tzu

 

Life is an exciting business,
and most exciting when it is lived for others.
- Helen Keller

Give me your tired, your poor,
your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
- written on the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor

What you leave behind is not what
is engraved in stone monuments,
but what is woven into the lives of others.
- Pericles

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For some of us, the world appears to provide
only a fixed quantity of each resource -
a limited amount of food, of money,
of love, of success, of appreciation.
For others, life is unlimited.
Their world expands with the generosity, compassion,
inventiveness, and service that they contribute.
In this world-view, money that is spent
or given away returns multiplied.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared.
- The Buddha

You cannot do a kindness too soon,
for you never know how soon it will be too late.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Judgment and weariness are foes to service and generosity.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

You can give without loving,
but you can never love without giving.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

I want you to be concerned about your next door neighbor.
Do you know your next door neighbor?
- Mother Teresa

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl

Intense love does not measure, it just gives.
- Mother Teresa

You can never love without giving.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity
are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Whoever is happy will make others happy too.
- Anne Frank

No one can find inner peace except by working,
not in a self-centered way, but for the whole human family.
- Peace Pilgrim

We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled.
The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over
and let the beautiful stuff out.
- Ray Bradbury

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

The only gift is a portion of thyself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We make a living by what we get.
We make a life by what we give.
- Winston Churchill

From what we get, we can make a living:
what we give, however makes a life.
- Arthur Ashe

Your greatest gift to others is to be happy
and to radiate your happiness to the entire world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

The only wealth which you will keep forever
is the wealth you have given away.
- Marcus Aurelius

No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy,
the kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child.
The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure.
- Emma Goldman

We are rich only through what we give,
and poor only through what we refuse.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

You give but little when you give of your possessions.
It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
- Khalil Gibran

What I know for sure is that
what you give comes back to you.
- Oprah Winfrey

It costs you nothing to make another happy -
and you gain your true self through the act of spreading joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

No one has a right to consume happiness without producing it.
- Helen Keller

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Whosoever is spared personal pain
must feel himself called
to help in diminishing the pain of others.
We must all carry our share of
the misery which lies upon the world.
- Albert Schweitzer

What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us;
what we have done for others and the world
remains and is immortal.
- Albert Pike

Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others,
you should put a good deal of thought
into the happiness that you are able to give.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Extend your hand with the strongest reach.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

A gift consists not in what is done or given,
but in the intention of the giver or doer.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

For it is in giving that we receive.
- St. Francis of Assisi

If you would take, you must first give,
this is the beginning of intelligence.
- Lao Tzu

The brightest stars are those who
shine for the benefit of others.
- Anonymous

Where there is charity and wisdom,
there is neither fear nor ignorance.
- St. Francis of Assisi

You can't live a perfect day without doing something
for someone who will never be able to repay you.
- John Wooden

No one has ever become poor by giving.
- Anne Frank

You can't get unless you give.
And you have to give without wanting to get.
- Theodore H. White

Giving is the highest expression of our power.
- Vivian Greene

In our willingness to give that which we seek,
we keep the abundance of the universe circulating in our lives.
- Deepak Chopra

He who obtains has little.
He who scatters has much.
- Lao Tzu

It is a kingly act to assist the fallen.
- Mother Teresa

The greatest gift is a portion of thyself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We cannot despair of humanity,
since we ourselves are human beings.
- Albert Einstein

It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life,
that no man can sincerely try
to help another without helping himself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I am the master of my emotions -
I transform fear to love, anger to compassion,
pain to comfort, scarcity to abundance,
expectation to gratitude, and jealousy to generosity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The abundance of life is unlimited -
it expands with the generosity, compassion,
inventiveness, and service that you contribute.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The sage does not hoard.
The more he helps others, the more he benefits himself,
Having bestowed all he has on others, he has yet more;
having given all he has to others, he is richer still.
- Lao Tzu

Give your time and efforts freely or not at all.
When you are tempted to say,
"Oh, if I have to, I'll skip my golf game
and watch my daughter play soccer," don't do it.
Either generate the heart-felt emotion
to make the free-will gift,
"I'd love to watch your game today, Sandy,"
or the honesty to decline the request gracefully.
Martyrdom doesn't create happiness
for any of the parties involved.
An honest, "No" is preferable to a coerced "Yes."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is unlimited - it expands with the generosity,
compassion, inventiveness, and service that you contribute.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

God has given us two hands, one to receive with
and the other to give with.
- Billy Graham

The moment you become miserly you are closed
to the basic phenomenon of life: expansion, sharing.
The moment you start clinging to things,
you have missed the target.
Because things are not the target,
you, your innermost being, is the target -
not a beautiful house, but a beautiful you;
not much money, but a rich you;
not many things, but an open being,
available to millions of things.
- Osho

My world expands with the generosity, compassion,
inventiveness, and service that I contribute.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Pay It Forward.
Gift future generations in proportion to your gratitude.
The nature of life is that we pay forward
our biological creation and nurture.
Our parents gift us with life and nurture,
and we gift our children with life and nurture.
While this much is essential to continued human existence,
choose to take "pay it forward" farther - much farther.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is my choice to care deeply about others.
No kindness is too small to be important -
the smile to the bank teller,
the sincere "thank you" for all kindnesses received,
the reassuring hand on the shoulder of a loved one or friend.
There is compassion in selfless generosity,
but there is also compassion in heartfelt empathy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The Moon Cannot Be Stolen:
A thief entered the little hut of a Zen Master,
but discovered there was nothing to steal.
The Zen Master discovered the thief.
"You have come a long way to visit me," he told the prowler,
"and you should not return empty-handed.
Please take my clothes as a gift."
The thief was bewildered,
but he took the clothes and slunk away.
The Zen Master sat naked, watching the moon.
"Poor fellow," he mused,
"I wish I could have given him this beautiful moon."
- Traditional Zen Koan

For me, the most powerful expressions of true Christianity
in this material world are an unconditional love of all humans,
and an uncompromising commitment to caring for all
who are sick, infirm, or troubled -
as expressed in the biblical story of the Good Samaritan.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The poor don't know that their function in life is
to exercise our generosity.
- Jean-Paul Sartre

Generosity is giving more than you can,
and pride is taking less than you need.
- Khalil Gibran

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!
- inscribed on the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor

It was not the part of His kindly love that he who
was to praise God's divine generosity in regard to
others should be compelled to condemn it in regard to himself.
- Giovanni Pico della Mirandola

It is now for the Catholic Church to bend herself to
her work with calmness and generosity.
It is for you to observe her with renewed and friendly attention.
- Pope John XXIII

Our first Prime Minister saw a country that would be
known for its generosity of spirit.
And so it is.
- Kim Campbell


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