Generosity Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old generosity quotes, generosity sayings, and generosity proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


A false friend and a shadow attend only while the sun shines.      

Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

A thing is bigger for being shared.      

Gaelic (on generosity)

Be just before you are generous.      

E. Haywood (1745)

Give even an onion, graciously.      

Afghan (on generosity)

Good words are worth much and cost little.      

George Herbert (1593-1632)

Great spenders are bad lenders.      

Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

If you have, give; if you lack, seek.      

Malay (on generosity)

It is better to return a borrowed pot with a little something you last cooked in it.      

Omaha (Native American) (on the conduct of life)

It is said that you can't take it with you; I say there are two things you can take with you: the things you do for others and the things you do to others      

(harold h. cornett, jr.)

Nice words are free, so choose ones that please another's ears.      

Vietnamese (on courtesy and respect)

No act of kindness no matter how small is ever wasted.      

Aesop (c.620-560 BC)

Nothing is impossible to the willing heart.      

John Heywood (c.1497-1580)

One good turn deserves another.      

Aesop (c.620-560 BC)

One hand for yourself and one for the ship.      

unknown

Please all and you will soon please none.      

Aesop (c.620-560 BC)

Poor people share with the heart.      

Haitian (on generosity)

Sacrificing means more.      

unknown

Scatter with one hand; gather with two.      

Welsh (on thrift)

What you do to others will bear fruit in you.      

Singhalese (on generosity)

Without kindness there can be no true joy.      

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

You can't please everyone.      

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You catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar.      

Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

You may light another's candle at your own without loss.      

Danish (on generosity)

Your time is the greatest gift you can give to someone.      

unknown

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

Albert Camus

True generosity is an offering; given freely and out of pure love. No strings attached. No expectations.     

Suze Orman

Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out.     

Frank A. Clark

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.     

Khalil Gibran

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

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