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