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Generosity

  • We'd all like a reputation for generosity, and we'd all like to buy it cheap.

  • Generosity with strings is not generosity: it is a deal.

  • ... about generosity Freya did not think at all — for those who practice it never weigh it ...

  • Generosity makes at least two people feel good.

  • 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 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.

    • Twyla Tharp,
    • in Twyla Tharp with Mark Reiter, The Creative Habit ()
  • 'Tis a curious fact that a generous act / Brings leisure and luck to a day.

  • Letter-writing on the part of a busy man or woman is the quintessence of generosity.

    • Agnes Repplier,
    • in Grace Guiney, ed., Letters of Louise Imogen Guiney. vol. 1 ()
  • It's as easy to give away a million as a hundred if you have not got either ...

  • A giver of the shirt from someone else's back.

  • ... when she'd give you something, she'd snatch it back, and maybe your arm, too.

  • There is an ordinary proverb for this: 'Stinginess does not enrich; charity does not impoverish.'

  • ... it requires a great deal more generosity to take than to give.

  • Give whatever you would like to receive, and you may be sure that it will come back to you in abundance. Withhold, and you will never have enough.

  • Riches, both material and spiritual, can choke you if you do not use them fairly. For not even God can put anything in a heart that is already full.

    • Mother Teresa,
    • in Becky Benenate and Joseph Durepos, eds., No Greater Love ()
  • You only have what you give. It's by spending yourself that you become rich.

  • What is called liberality is often no more than the vanity of giving, of which some persons are fonder than of what they give.

  • At every stage the ability to identify makes possible the happiness of being able to admire the character or achievements of others. If we cannot allow ourselves to appreciate the achievements and qualities of other people — and that means that we are not able to bear the thought that we can never emulate them — we are deprived of sources of great happiness and enrichment. The world would be in our eyes a much poorer place if we had no opportunities of realizing that greatness exists and will go on existing in the future. Such admiration also stirs up something in us and increases indirectly our belief in ourselves.

    • Melanie Klein,
    • "Our Adult World and Its Roots in Infancy" (1959), Envy and Gratitude & Other Works 1946-1963 ()
  • That's what I consider true generosity. You give your all and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing.

  • Kindness and generosity ... form the true morality of human actions.

    • Madame de Staël,
    • "Reflections on the Moral Aim of Delphine," in Vivian Folkenflik, ed., Major Writings of Germaine De Staël ()
  • A man who isn't generous with his money isn't generous with his love and affection.

  • The fragrance always remains in the hand that gives the rose.

    • Heda Bejar,
    • in Peacemaking: Day by Day, vol. 2 ()
  • Giving opens the way for receiving.

  • That which we withhold is withheld from us; that which we give is given back to us a thousandfold.

  • She's good-natured and generous; only when she gives you the shirt off her back, it turns out she's been wearing somebody else's shirt.

  • Love that giveth in full store, / Aye receives as much, and more.

  • Generosity is often the stalking horse of control.

  • There was no getting away from her hearty hospitality, no escaping her prodigality of presents. It was dangerous to praise or even to approve of any thing belonging to herself in her hearing; if it had been the carpet under her feet or the shawl on her shoulders, either would instantly have been stripped off to offer.

  • Try to live with a generous heart. Doing anything else is too hard.

  • Whoever hath shelter, whoever hath store, / Slide the bolt of the grudging door; / Be the poor with us, lest they should die — / Hark, how the wolves of the wind rush by!

  • ... scientists have discovered that the small brave act of cooperating with another person, of choosing trust over cynicism, generosity over selfishness, makes the brain light up with quiet joy.

    • Natalie Angier,
    • "Why We're So Nice: We're Wired to Cooperate," The New York Times ()
  • Throw it away / Throw it away / Give your love, live your life / Each and every day. / And keep your hand wide open / And let the sun shine through / 'Cause you can never lose a thing / If it belongs to you.