Selected Quotes about Generosity

It is melancholy to reflect that Mankind has suffered more from ill-judged philanthropy than [from] calculated malice. The road to Hell is no less harrowing for being paved with good intentions. -- Giles St. Aubyn

If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world, and that his heart is no island cut off from other lands, but a continent that joins to them. -- Francis Bacon

Every charitable act is a stepping stone toward heaven. -- Henry Ward Beecher

The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose. -- Hada Bejar

You must be willing to do the things today others don't do in order to have the things tomorrow others won't have. -- Les Brown

Giving frees us from the familiar territory of our own needs by opening our mind to the unexplained worlds occupied by the needs of others. -- Barbara Bush

The most satisfying thing in life is to have been able to give a large part of one's self to others. -- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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

You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give. -- Winston Churchill

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

There is no beautifier of complexion, or form, or behavior, like the wish to scatter joy and not pain around us. 'Tis good to give a stranger a meal, or a night's lodging. 'Tis better to be hospitable to his good meaning and thought, and give courage to a companion. We must be as courteous to a man as we are to a picture, which we are willing to give the advantage of a good light. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

For this I bless you most: You give much and know not that you give at all. -- Kahlil Gibran

Generosity is not giving me that which I need more than you do, but it is giving me that which you need more than I do. -- Kahlil Gibran

Giving presents is a talent; to know what a person wants, to know when and how to get it, to give it lovingly and well. Unless a character possesses this talent there is no moment more annihilating to ease than that in which a present is received and given. -- Pamela Glenconner

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

The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. -- Nelson Henderson

Think of giving not as a duty but as a privilege. -- John D. Rockefeller Jr.

Maturity begins to grow when you can sense your concern for others outweighing your concern for yourself. -- John MacNaughton

The true way to soften one's troubles is to solace those of others. -- Madame de Maintenon

Generosity during life is a very different thing from generosity in the hour of death; one proceeds from genuine liberality and benevolence, the other from pride or fear. -- Horace Mann

Generosity during life is a very different thing from generosity in the hour of death; one proceeds from genuine liberality and benevolence, the other from pride or fear. -- Horace Mann

There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life -- happiness, freedom, and peace of mind -- are always attained by giving them to someone else. -- Peyton Conway March

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

The joy that isn't shared dies young. -- Anne Sexton

We cannot hold a torch to light another's path without brightening our own. -- Ben Sweetland

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

No one can sincerely try to help another without helping himself. -- Charles Dudley Warner

Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can. -- John Wesley

Money is like manure; it's not worth a thing unless it's spread around encouraging young things to grow. -- Thornton Wilder

The spirit in which a thing is given determines that in which the debt is acknowledged; it's the intention, not the face-value of the gift, that's weighed. -- Lucius Annaeus Seneca (Seneca the Younger)

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