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Generous Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Generous

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

A generous heart, kind speech,
and a life of service and compassion
are the things which renew humanity.
- The Buddha

Related topics: Inspirational Wisdom Life Human-Nature Psychology Buddhist Service Compassion

One of the sanest, surest, and most generous joys of life
comes from being happy over the good fortune of others.
- Robert A. Heinlein

I am open to receiving the generous gifts of Spirit.
I hold no expectations or demands on the form, the timing,
or the color of the wrapping on the bountiful gifts of Spirit
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Know that the true essence of the Golden Rule
is always being compassionate, kind,
generous, and being in service to others.
Compelling others to behave as you wish
them to behave in the name of the
Golden Rule is a corruption of a sacred principle.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

 

A healthy democracy requires a decent society;
it requires that we are honorable,
generous, tolerant and respectful.
- Charles W. Pickering

I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize.
The first is gentleness;
the second is frugality;
the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others.
Be gentle and you can be bold;
be frugal and you can be generous;
avoid putting yourself before others
and you can become a leader among men.
- Lao Tzu

We are composed of self-contradictions.
Each of us is loving in some moments - hateful in others.
Patient and calm sometimes - harried by urgency at others.
Understanding - and self-absorbed.
Reassuring - and sarcastic.
Generous - and greedy.
Trusting - and jealous.
Comforting - and snappish.
Original - and stuck in a rut.
Thankful - and needy.
Forgiving - and vengeful.
Nurturing ourself - and stuffing ourself with fast food.
Honoring our bodies - and overstressing.
Being Joyful - and Suffering.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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In dwelling, live close to the ground.
In thinking, keep to the simple.
In conflict, be fair and generous.
In governing, don't try to control.
In work, do what you enjoy.
In family life, be completely present.
- Lao Tzu

Be not like the sugarcane -
do not hold your sweetness inside.
Be like the fruit tree -
be generous with your best.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie (inspired by Tagore)

If we really want to be full and generous in spirit,
we have no choice but to trust at some level.
- Rita Dove

Love can be unselfish, in the sense of being benevolent and generous,
without being selfless.
- Mortimer Adler

I don't think I'm generous enough to be the straight guy.
I sort of make my own way and make my own statement.
Do I mind pushing myself forward? Not at all.
- Pamela Stephenson

I am now faced with mortality.
Definitely not the most generous move.
- Lance Loud

In loving his own productive, generative,
generous love, God loves all those ways in which that
love can be realised in creation.
- Rowan D. Williams

Frankly, I was surprised at how generous the Japanese
press has been to the idea of a foreigner running Sony.
- Howard Stringer

Love is the most terrible, and also the most generous of the passions;
it is the only one which includes in its dreams the
happiness of someone else.
- Alphonse Karr

Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious.
Great speech is impassioned, small speech cantankerous.
- Zhuang Zi

If we have the opportunity to be generous with our hearts,
ourselves, we have no idea of the depth and breadth of love's reach.
- Margaret Cho

Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious.
- Zhuangzi

The generous Critic fann'd the Poet's fire,
And taught the world with reason to admire.
- Edgar Allan Poe

A rich man can afford to be generous to many.
- Mercedes McCambridge

It was mind-blowing.
It was a small place with 2,000 standing-up tickets.
It's great to have your band back and working and playing again,
people have been so generous.
- Andy Taylor

Judy Garland was just so delicious in every way and
just so honest and generous.
- Judy Davis

To plead for the Oppress'd and to defend the Weak seem'd
to me a generous undertaking;
for tho' it may be secure,
'tis not always Honourable to run over to the strongest party.
- Mary Astell

Be just before you are generous.
- Richard Brinsley Sheridan

The generous way of putting it is that we were not ready for this.
The less generous way is to say: How was it possible
to return to the politics of appeasement of the 1930s?
- Paddy Ashdown

Curiosity is, in great and generous minds,
the first passion and the last.
- William Samuel Johnson

The return we reap from generous actions is not always evident.
- Francesco Guicciardini

Living Into the Great Paradox,
I strive toward my vision,
while accepting gratefully whatever life serves up.
I work to bring about my vision of the future,
which is based on my value system of what is right,
just, noble, compassionate, generous, humane, peaceful, and loving.
Simultaneously, I accept that my vision
is based on only my opinions and prejudices,
and I honor all points of view and value systems,
no matter how different from my own.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I think the best actors are the most generous,
the kindest, the greatest people and at their worst they are vain,
greedy and insecure.
- Kenneth Branagh

In the past the publishers I've worked with have been extremely generous.
And in almost every case, have been people who believed
in the work rather than the sales and marketing.
- Peter Sotos

I guess I'm way too kind and generous,
and a saint - if you can believe that!
- R. L. Stine

Is it not odd that the only generous person I ever knew,
who had money to be generous with, should be a stockbroker.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Imitation, if it is not forgery, is a fine thing.
It stems from a generous impulse, and a realistic sense
of what can and cannot be done.
- James Fenton

He was a very generous soul and was exceptionally dedicated
to the medium of photography.
- John Sexton

We're all generous, but with different things,
like time, money, talent - criticism.
- Frank Howard Clark

Only the brave know how to forgive; it is the most
refined and generous pitch of virtue human nature can arrive at.
- Laurence Stern

Democracies, unlike dictatorships, are forgiving and generous,
but they cannot survive unless they fight.
- Jalal Talabani

Sometimes when we are generous in small,
barely detectable ways it can change someone else's life forever.
- Margaret Cho

American husbands are the best in the world;
no other husbands are so generous to their wives,
or can be so easily divorced.
- Elinor Glyn

Leaders should be collaborative, modest,
and generous.
- Bill Bradley

Women desire six things: They want their husbands to be brave,
wise, rich, generous, obedient to wife,
and lively in bed.
- Geoffrey Chaucer

Actors are very generous.
- Blythe Danner

He's the most incredible man.
He's so generous and kind, and he helps so many people,
and, um, he makes me laugh like I've never laughed,
and he's a great friend.
- Katie Holmes

If the gentleman has ability, he is magnanimous,
generous, tolerant, and straightforward,
through which he opens the way to instruct others.
- Xun Zi

She's generous to a fault - if it's her own.
- Bugs Baer

There never was any heart truly great and generous,
that was not also tender and compassionate.
- Robert Frost

It is right and natural that generous minds while in
the twenties should think the books which try to reform
the world's wrong the greatest of all.
- Laurence Housman

Fate is never too generous even to its favorites.
Rarely do the gods grant a mortal more than one immortal deed.
- Stefan Zweig

He had no failings which were not owing to a noble cause;
to an ardent,
generous, perhaps an immoderate passion for fame;
a passion which is the instinct of all great souls.
- Edmund Burke

After having won a scepter, few are so generous as
to disdain the pleasures of ruling.
- Pierre Corneille

I am convinced that the majority of people would be
generous from selfish motives,
if they had the opportunity.
- Charles Dudley Warner

If thou be industrious to procure wealth,
be generous in the disposal of it.
Man never is so happy as when he giveth happiness unto another.
- Robert Bulwer-Lytton

Many men have been capable of doing a wise thing,
more a cunning thing, but very few a generous thing.
- Alexander Pope

But I was very, very unhappy because my mother was
very charming and generous,
but to me, very dominating.
- Beatrice Wood

Remember that whatever may be said by a lady or her friends,
it is not part of conduct of a gallant or generous
man to take up arms against a woman.
- Sam Houston

There is no place, no country, more compassionate more
generous more accepting and more welcoming than the
United States of America.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger

We should be inspired by people...
who show that human beings can be kind,
brave, generous, beautiful, strong-even in the most difficult circumstances.
- Rachel Corrie

I just received the following wire from my generous Daddy;
Dear Jack,
Don't buy a single vote more than is necessary.
I'll be damned if I'm going to pay for a landslide.
- John F. Kennedy

Lose yourself in generous service and every day can be a most unusual day,
a triumphant day, an abundantly rewarding day!
- William Arthur Ward

The strangest, most generous, and proudest of all virtues is true courage.
- Michel de Montaigne

He lives to build, not boast, a generous race;
No tenth transmitter of a foolish face.
- Richard Savage

I am simple, complex, generous, selfish,
unattractive, beautiful, lazy, and driven.
- Barbra Streisand

The crew, like all Italian crews, was generous,
warm, and enthusiastic.
- Barbara Steele

Chefs, as a whole, say yes to any project,
fundraiser, or tasting because they have such a generous spirit.
- Charlie Trotter

People who think they're generous to a fault usually
think that's their only fault.
- Sydney J. Harris

A large nose is the mark of a witty,
courteous,
affable, generous and liberal man.
- Cyrano de Bergerac

Americans are blessed with great plenty;
we are a generous people and we have a moral obligation
to assist those who are suffering from poverty,
disease, war and famine.
- Adam Schiff

Conrad Hilton was very generous to me in the divorce settlement.
He gave me 5000 Gideon Bibles.
- Zsa Zsa Gabor

It's hard for a man to live with a successful woman -
they seem to resent you so much.
Very few men are generous enough to accept success in their women.
- Shirley Bassey

Surely it is much more generous to forgive and remember,
than to forgive and forget.
- Maria Edgeworth


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