Quotes About Generosity

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John Holmes
“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”
John Holmes

Elizabeth Gilbert
“In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it's wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.”
Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia

Kahlil Gibran
“Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.”
Kahlil Gibran, Sand and Foam

Kahlil Gibran
“You give but little when you give of your possessions.
It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”
Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

John Bunyan
“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”
John Bunyan

A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.
“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.”
Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

Confucius
“Give a bowl of rice to a man and you will feed him for a day. Teach him how to grow his own rice and you will save his life.”
Confucius

Eleanor Roosevelt
“When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?”
Eleanor Roosevelt

Simone de Beauvoir
“That's what I consider true generosity: You give your all, and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing.”
Simone de Beauvoir

Abraham Lincoln
“I care not for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.”
Abraham Lincoln

Gautama Buddha
“Conquer the angry one by not getting angry; conquer the wicked by goodness; conquer the stingy by generosity, and the liar by speaking the truth.

[Verse 223]”
Gautama Buddha, The Dhammapada

Francis of Assisi
“For it is in giving that we receive.”
Francis of Assisi

Meg Cabot
“Because when you love something, you want to do it all the time, even if no one is paying you for it. At least that's how I felt about drawing.”
Meg Cabot, All-American Girl

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

So do not worry, saying, ``What shall we eat?'' or ``What shall we drink?'' or ``What shall we wear?'' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

- Matthew 6:25-34”
Anonymous, Holy Bible: King James Version

J.M. Coetzee
“(I)f we are going to be kind, let it be out of simple generosity, not because we fear guilt or retribution.”
J.M. Coetzee, Disgrace

“As spiritual searchers we need to become freer and freer of the attachment to our own smallness in which we get occupied with me-me-me. Pondering on large ideas or standing in front of things which remind us of a vast scale can free us from acquisitiveness and competitiveness and from our likes and dislikes. If we sit with an increasing stillness of the body, and attune our mind to the sky or to the ocean or to the myriad stars at night, or any other indicators of vastness, the mind gradually stills and the heart is filled with quiet joy. Also recalling our own experiences in which we acted generously or with compassion for the simple delight of it without expectation of any gain can give us more confidence in the existence of a deeper goodness from which we may deviate. (39)”
Ravi Ravindra, The Wisdom of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras: A New Translation and Guide by Ravi Ravindra

Sanaya Roman
“People who love themselves come across as very loving, generous and kind; they express their self-confidence through humility, forgiveness and inclusiveness.”
Sanaya Roman, Living with Joy: Keys to Personal Power and Spiritual Transformation

G.K. Chesterton
“Among the rich you will never find a really generous man even by accident. They may give their money away, but they will never give themselves away; they are egotistic, secretive, dry as old bones. To be smart enough to get all that money you must be dull enough to want it.”
G.K. Chesterton, A Miscellany of Men

Honoré de Balzac
“Ah! What pleasure it must be to a woman to suffer for the one she loves!”
Honoré de Balzac, Père Goriot

Kahlil Gibran
“Generosity is not in giving me that which I need more than you do, but it is in giving me that which you need more than I do.”
Kahlil Gibran, Sand and Foam

“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.”
Anonymous, Holy Bible: King James Version

Theodore Roosevelt
“Be practical as well as generous in your ideals. Keep your eyes on the stars, but remember to keep your feet on the ground.”
Theodore Roosevelt

Gautama Buddha
“Silence the angry man with love. Silence the ill-natured man with kindness. Silence the miser with generosity. Silence the liar with truth.”
Gautama Buddha

Huston Smith
“Practice giving things away, not just things you don't care about, but things you do like. Remember, it is not the size of a gift, it is its quality and the amount of mental attachment you overcome that count. So don't bankrupt yourself on a momentary positive impulse, only to regret it later. Give thought to giving. Give small things, carefully, and observe the mental processes going along with the act of releasing the little thing you liked. (53)
(Quote is actually Robert A F Thurman but Huston Smith, who only wrote the introduction to my edition, seems to be given full credit for this text.)”
Huston Smith, Tibetan Book of the Dead

Richelle E. Goodrich
“Every sunrise is an invitation for us to arise and brighten someone's day.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway: Quotes, Verse, & Grumblings for Every Day of the Year

Dale Wasserman
“I come in a world of iron...to make a world of gold”
Dale Wasserman, Man of La Mancha

Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Rings and jewels are not gifts, but apologies for gifts. The only gift is a portion of thyself. Thou must bleed for me.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Gifts: an essay

Swami Satchidananda
“When you win and the other fellow loses, what do you see? A losing face. There is great joy in losing and making the other person win and have a happy face. Who will be the happiest person? The one who brings happiness to others.”
Swami Satchidananda

Steve Goodier
“Money is not the only commodity that is fun to give. We can give time, we can give our expertise, we can give our love or simply give a smile. What does that cost? The point is, none of us can ever run out of something worthwhile to give.”
Steve Goodier

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