Selected Quotes about Giving

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

You try to give away what you want yourself. -- Lois McMaster Bujold

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

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

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

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

Charity begins at home and justice begins next door. -- Charles Dickens

If you want to see what children can do, you must stop giving them things. -- Norman Douglas

It is every man's obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it. -- Albert Einstein

One must be poor to know the luxury of giving. -- George Eliot

We do not quite forgive a giver. The hand that feeds us is in some danger of being bitten. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We wish to be self-sustained. We do not quite forgive a giver. The hand that feeds us is in some danger of being bitten. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is no benefit in the gifts of a bad man. -- Euripides

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

Purchase not friends by gifts; when thou ceasest to give, such will cease to love. -- Thomas Fuller

Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need. -- 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 great art of giving consists in this: the gift should cost very little and yet be greatly coveted, so that it may be the more highly appreciated. -- Baltasar Gracian

A compliment is a gift, not to be thrown away carelessly, unless you want to hurt the giver. -- Eleanor Hamilton

Do give books - religious or otherwise - for Christmas. They're never fattening, seldom sinful, and permanently personal. -- Lenore Hershey

What a child doesn't receive he can seldom later give. -- P. D. James

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

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

Anticipate charity by preventing poverty; assist the reduced fellow man, either by a considerable gift or a sum of money or by teaching him a trade or by putting him in the way of business so that he may earn an honest livelihood and not be forced to the dreadful alternative of holding out his hand for charity. This is the highest step and summit of charity's golden ladder. -- Maimonides

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

You must give some time to your fellow men. Even if it's a little thing, do something for others - something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it. -- Albert Schweitzer

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. -- Seneca

Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind. -- William Shakespeare

A gift in season is a double favor to the needy. -- Publilius Syrus

He doubly benefits the needy who gives quickly. -- Publilius Syrus

The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness rather than in its value. -- Charles Dudley Warner

Make all you can, save all you can, give all 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

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