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Generosity Quotes

Many people are capable of doing a wise thing, more a cunning thing, but very few a generous thing.

Alexander Pope (1688-1744, British Poet, Critic, Translator)


All my experience of the world teaches me that in ninety-nine cases out of a hundred, the safe and just side of a question is the generous and merciful side. 

Anna Jameson (1794-1860, British Essayist)


Men of the noblest dispositions think themselves happiest when others share their happiness with them.

Barry Duncan


There is sublime thieving in all giving. Someone gives us all he has and we are his.

Eric Hoffer (1902-1983, American Author, Philosopher)


To generous souls every task is noble.

Euripides (480-406 BC, Greek Tragic Poet)


What is called generosity is usually only the vanity of giving; we enjoy the vanity more than the thing given.

François de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


What seems to be generosity is often no more than disguised ambition, which overlooks a small interest in order to secure a great one.

François de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


I take as my guide the hope of a saint: in crucial things, unity… in important things, diversity… in all things, generosity.

George Bush (1924-, Forty-first President of the USA)


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 (1796-1859, American Educator)


Liberality consists less in giving a great deal than in gifts well-timed.

Jean De La Bruyere (1645-1696, French Writer)


Generosity lies less in giving much than in giving at the right moment.

Jean De La Bruyere (1645-1696, French Writer)


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.

Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980, French Writer, Philosopher)


The poor don’t know that their function in life is to exercise our generosity.

Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980, French Writer, Philosopher)


Giving is the business of the rich.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German Poet, Dramatist, Novelist)


The more he cast away the more he had.

John Bunyan (1628-1688, British Author)


Generosity is another quality which, like patience, letting go, non-judging, and trust, provides a solid foundation for mindfulness practice. You might experiment with using the cultivation of generosity as a vehicle for deep self- observation and inquiry as well as an exercise in giving. A good place to start is with yourself. See if you can give yourself gifts that may be true blessings, such as self-acceptance, or some time each day with no purpose. Practice feeling deserving enough to accept these gifts without obligation-to simply receive from yourself, and from the universe.

Jon Kabat Zinn



How much easier is it to be generous than just.

Junius (1769-1771, Anonymous British Letter Writer)


Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.

Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931, Lebanese Poet, Novelist)


A generous man places the benefits he confers beneath his feet; those he receives, nearest his heart.

Lord Greville (1554-1628, British Poet)


Generosity is the flower of justice.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864, American Novelist, Short Story Writer)


Is it not odd that the only generous person I ever knew, who had money to be generous with, should be a stockbroker.

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822, British Poet)


It is always so pleasant to be generous, though very vexatious to pay debts.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American Poet, Essayist)


What I gave I have, what I spent I had; and what I left I lost.

Robert of Doncaste


Sir, he throws away his money without thought and without merit. I do not call a tree generous that sheds its fruit at every breeze.

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British Author)


People who think they’re generous to a fault usually think that’s their only fault.

Sidney J. Harris (1917-, American Journalist)


He who gives what he would as readily throw away, gives without generosity; for the essence of generosity is in self sacrifice.

Sir Henry Taylor (1800-1886, British Author)


Lavishness is not generosity.

Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British Clergyman, Author)


Give all thou canst; high Heaven rejects the lore of nicely-calculated less or more.

William Wordsworth (1770-1850, British Poet)

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