Quotes on Giving

Most popular Giving quotes

The more fully we give our energy, the more it returns to us.
When I give I give myself.
God loves a cheerful giver.
Two can give as cheap as one.
It is in giving that we receive.
Every man shall give as he is able.
— The Bible—Deuteronymy 16:17


It is more blessed to give than to receive.
— Bible, Acts 20:35

biblical charity

Give naught, get same.  Give much, get same.
One must be poor to know the luxury of giving.


One must be poor to know the luxury of giving!
It's best to give while your hand is still warm.
Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much.
The habit of giving only enhances the desire to give.
What a child doesn't receive he can seldom later give.


To have and not give is in some cases worse than stealing.
To receive everything, one must open one's hands and give.
Those who give only when asked have already waited too long.


It is a common saying, that he who gives freely gives twice.
The manner in which it is given is worth more than the gift.

gift manners

The fragrance always remains in the hand that gives the rose.
The good man thinks it is more blessed to give than to receive.
You cannot give to people what they are incapable of receiving.
He gives only the worthless gold
Who gives from a sense of duty.


There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.
In giving, you throw a bridge across the chasm of your solitude.


I know what I have given you. I do not know what you have received.
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
The heart is the toughest part of the body. Tenderness is in the hands.

courage kindness

Generosity always wins favor, particularly when accompanied by modesty.

charity generosity modesty

It is normal give away a little of one's life in order not to lose it all.
God looks not to the quantity of the gift, but to the quality of the givers.
True sympathy is the personal concern which demands the giving of one's soul.


If you have much, give of your wealth; if you have little, give of your heart.
— Arabian proverb

Arabian proverbs proverbs

Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting.
He gives twice that gives soon; i.e., he will soon be called upon to give again.
I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.
If you haven't any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.

charity heart

To give and then not feel that one has given is the very best of all ways of giving.
Paradoxically, the shortest route to getting what you want is to give to others first.
It is well to give when asked, but it is better to give unasked, through understanding.


We do not quite forgive a giver.  The hand that feeds us is in some danger of being bitten.
Consider once before you give, twice before you receive, and a thousand times before you ask.
To give awkwardly is churlishness.  The most difficult part is to give, then why not add a smile?
Giving people a little more than they expect is a good way to get back a lot more than you'd expect.
Examples are few of men ruined by giving.  Men are heroes in spending—very cravens in what they give.
You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love: the more they give, the more they possess.
Even more than giving is the capacity for us to do something smarter for the greater good that lifts us both up.
I have come to believe that giving and receiving are really the same. Giving and receiving—not giving and taking.
We know that we can help ourselves only as we help others, and that the love we give away is the only love we keep.

helping others love

The work of an unknown good man is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground greener.


A cheerful giver does not count the cost of what he gives. His heart is set on pleasing and cheering him to whom the gift is given.
Giving is the secret of a healthy life. Not necessarily money, but whatever a man has of encouragement and sympathy and understanding.


Those who have no wisdom yet 
count their wealth by what they get.
You who have the grace to live: 
count your wealth by what you give!


In normal life one is often not at all aware that we always receive infinitely more than we give, and that gratitude is what enriches life.


Giving is more joyous than receiving, not because it is a deprivation, but because in the act of giving lies the expression of my aliveness.
Religion is not an opiate, for religion does not help people to forget, but to remember.  It does not dull people.  It does not say Take, but Give.
If tempted by something that feels "altruistic," examine your motives and root out that self-deception. Then, if you still want to do it, wallow in it!

altruism self-deception

The manner of giving shows the character of the giver more than the gift itself.  There is a princely manner of giving, and a royal manner of accepting.
If instead of a gem or even a flower, we would cast the gift of a lovely thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels must give.
The rule is, we are to give as we would receive, cheerfully, quickly, and without hesitation; for there's no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers.
There is a very strong connection between pride and giving, and those who do the giving get to feel that they are worthy, while those who are given to often feel that they are not.


It may be more blessed to give than to receive, but there is more grace in receiving than giving. When you receive, whom do you love and praise?  The giver. When you give, the same holds true.
Generosity is nothing else than a craze to possess. All which I abandon, all which I give, I enjoy in a higher manner through the fact that I give it away. To give is to enjoy possessively the object which one gives.
Giving brings happiness at every stage of its expression. We experience joy in forming the intention to be generous, we experience joy in the actual act of giving something, and we experience joy in remembering the fact that we have given.