Generosity Quotes

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Multiplicative generosity: limit your generosity to those who, in turn, given the circumstances, would be equally generous towards others.
Generosity gives assistance rather than advice.
Generosity is often the stalking horse of control.
The miracle is this—the more we share, the more we have.


Generosity with strings is not generosity: it is a deal.
Those who give only when asked have already waited too long.


Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present.


We love those people who give with humility, or who accept with ease.

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Generosity always wins favor, particularly when accompanied by modesty.

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We'd all like a reputation for generosity and we'd all like to buy it cheap.
From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.

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Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find it out.
Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.


A man who isn't generous with his money isn't generous with his love and affection.
You have not lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.
Never hesitate to hold out your hand; never hesitate to accept the outstretched hand of another.


A generous spirit is as eloquent in acknowledging benefits as it is bounteous in bestowing them.
Generosity without delicacy, like wit without judgment, generally gives as much pain as pleasure.
You are forgiven for your happiness and your successes only if you generously consent to share them.
Generosity is the most natural outward expression of an inner attitude of compassion and loving-kindness.
Money-giving is a good criterion of a person's mental health. Generous people are rarely mentally ill people.


That's what I consider true generosity.  You give your all and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing.
What is called generosity is usually only the vanity of giving; we enjoy the vanity more than the thing given.
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.
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.
Be about ten times more magnanimous than you believe yourself capable of being. Your life will be a hundred times better for it.


He throws away his money without thought and without merit.  I do not call a tree generous that sheds its fruit at every breeze.
He who gives only what he would as readily throw away gives without generosity; for the essence of generosity is in self-sacrifice.
How seldom is generosity perfect and pure! How often do men give because it throws a certain inferiority on those who receive, and superiority on themselves!
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.
Generosity does not flower easily or often in the rocky soil of the theatre.  Few are uncorrupted by its ceaseless warfare over credit and billing, its jealousies and envies, its constant temptations toward pettiness and mean-spiritedness.


Being generous . . . often consists of simply extending a hand.  That's hard to do if you are grasping tightly to your sand [sic], your rightness, your belief system, your superiority, your assumptions about others, your definition of normal.
Generosity is luck going in the opposite direction, away from you. If you're generous to someone, if you do something to help him out, you are in effect making him lucky. This is important. It's like inviting yourself into a community of good fortune.