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.

That's what I consider true generosity: You give your all and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing.      

Simone De Beauvoir

Generosity could be as contagious as the zombie plague as long as enough people were willing to be carriers.      

Jonathan Maberry

It takes generosity to discover the whole through others. If you realize you are only a violin, you can open yourself up to the world by playing your role in the concert.      

Jacques Yves Cousteau

Being generous often consists of simply extending a hand. That's hard to do if you are grasping tightly to your righteousness, your belief system, your superiority, your assumptions about others, your definition of normal.      

Patti Digh

Sometimes when we are generous in small, barely detectable ways it can change someone else's life forever.      

Margaret Cho

What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.     

Albert Pike

He who cannot give anything away cannot feel anything either.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

Be generous with kindly words, especially about those who are absent.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.     

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Generosity consists not the sum given, but the manner in which it is bestowed     


One would give generous alms if one had the eyes to see the beauty of a cupped receiving hand.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Many men have been capable of doing a wise thing, more a cunning thing, but very few a generous thing     

Alexander Pope

It is through generous giving, that we affirm before the world, our nation's faith in the inalienable right of every man, to a life of freedom, justice and security.      

Harry S. Truman

Giving is God's way. It is the way that I now understand is the truth of the Universe. Giving multiplies me and makes me feel complete and fulfilled. Giving makes me feel that I make a real and important difference.      

Mark Victor Hansen and Robert G. Allen

Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity.      

Albert Camus

It is a powerful practice to be generous when you are the one feeling in need.      

Allan Lokos

As desire abates, generosity is born. When we are connected and present, what else is there to do but give?      

Jack Kornfield

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

Never measure your generosity by what you give, but rather by what you have left.      

Bishop Fulton J. Sheen

Generosity is the flower of justice.     

Nathaniel Hawthorne