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.      

Benjamin Franklin

A thing is bigger for being shared.      

Gaelic (on generosity)

Be just before you are generous.      

E. Haywood

Give even an onion, graciously.      

Afghan (on generosity)

Good words are worth much and cost little.      

George Herbert

Great spenders are bad lenders.      

Benjamin Franklin

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

Nothing is impossible to the willing heart.      

John Heywood

One good turn deserves another.      

Aesop

One hand for yourself and one for the ship.      

unknown

Please all and you will soon please none.      

Aesop

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

You can't please everyone.      

unknown

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

Benjamin Franklin

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

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     

Anonymous

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