Giving Back Sayings and Quotes

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


Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.     

Albert Einstein

Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.     

Muhammad Ali

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.     

Mahatma Gandhi

Giving is the highest expression of potency...Giving is more joyous than receiving, not because it is a deprivation, but because in the act of giving lies the expression of my aliveness.     

Erich Fromm

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.     

Mother Teresa

We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.     

Winston S. Churchill

A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.     

Steve Maraboli

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.     

Charles Dickens

You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.     

Kahlil Gibran

Give yourself entirely to those around you. Be generous with your blessings. A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.     

Steve Maraboli

Happiness doesn't result from what we get, but from what we give.     

Ben Carson

Presents are made for the pleasure of who gives them, not the merits of who receives them.     

Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Love only grows by sharing. You can only have more for yourself by giving it away to others.     

Brian Tracy

The degree of loving is measured by the degree of giving.     

Edwin Louis Cole

It is every man's obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it.     

Albert Einstein

The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving.     

Albert Einstein

I don't think you ever stop giving. I really don't. I think it's an on-going process. And it's not just about being able to write a check. It's being able to touch somebody's life.     

Oprah Winfrey

Give cheerfully and freely. It is the energy behind the giving that matters so do not give grudgingly. The law of cause and effect guarantees that you shall receive plenty for what you give.     

David Cameron Gikandi

If you have much, give of your wealth; If you have little, give of your heart.     

Arab Proverb

Giving back involves a certain amount of giving up.     

Colin Powell

Giving back is something that comes from the heart to me. It's not that I do it because it's the right thing: I do it because I want do it.     

Henry Kravis

When you're in a position to have gotten so much, the gift at this point is giving back.     

Paul Stanley

Hope and purpose in this world is living as best as you can and maybe having life that gives back. But simply giving back isn't purpose; it's a branch of purpose, but it is not the trunk or root of the tree.     

Nick Vujicic

It's enough to indulge and to be selfish but true happiness is really when you start giving back.     

Adrian Grenier

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

When you learn, teach. When you get, give.     

Maya Angelou

It is more blessed to give than to receive.     

Acts 20: 35

Social advance depends quite as much upon an increase in moral sensibility as it does upon a sense of duty.     

Jane Addams

I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.     

Maya Angelou

Every charitable act is a stepping stone towards heaven.     

Henry Ward Beecher

Life engenders life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.     

Sarah Bernhardt

I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.     

Albert Schweitzer

Everyone can be great, because everyone can serve.     

Martin Luther King, Jr.

We are not put on this earth for ourselves, but are placed here for each other. If you are there always for others, then in time of need, someone will be there for you.     

Jeff Warner

Caring has the gift of making the ordinary special.     

George R. Bach

Love cannot remain by itself it has no meaning. Love has to be put into action and that action is service.     

Mother Teresa

If you haven't got any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.     

Bob Hope

Giving with glad and generous hearts has a way of routing out the tough old miser within us. Even the poor need to know that they can give. Just the very act of letting go of money, or some other treasure, does something within us. It destroys the demon greed.     

Richard J. Foster

One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.     

Prov. 11:24

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.     

Luke 6:37-38

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

No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.     

Calvin Coolidge

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.     

John Bunyon

When you become detached mentally from yourself and concentrate on helping other people with their difficulties, you will be able to cope with your own more effectively. Somehow, the act of self-giving is a personal power-releasing factor.     

Norman Vincent Peale

Unless we think of others and do something for them, we miss one of the greatest sources of happiness.     

Ray Lyman Wilbur

It is normal to give away a little of one's life in order not to lose it all.     

Albert Camus

When you give yourself, you receive more than you give.     

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

There is no delight in owning anything unshared.     

Seneca

It is like the seed put in the soil -- the more one sows, the greater the harvest.     

Orison Swett Marden

Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.     

Tony Robbins

If you have zest and enthusiasm you attract zest and enthusiasm. Life does give back in kind.     

Norman Vincent Peale

Love life. Engage in it. Give it all you've got. Love it with a passion because life truly does give back, many times over, what you put into it.     

Maya Angelou

I believe that as much as you take, you have to give back. It's important not to focus on yourself too much.     

Nicole Kidman

Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much.     

Erich Fromm

From what we get, we can make a living. What we give, however, makes a life.     

Arthur Ashe

The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.     

Pablo Picasso

You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving.     

Robert Louis Stevenson

He who cannot give anything away cannot feel anything either.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

Your mind will give back to you exactly what you put into it.     

James Joyce