Giving Sayings and Quotes

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

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

Mother Teresa

You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.     

Amy Carmichael

For it is in giving that we receive.     

Francis of Assisi

Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.     

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

We should give as we would receive, cheerfully, quickly, and without hesitation; for there is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers.     


No one has ever become poor by giving.     

Anne Frank

By giving people the power to share, we're making the world more transparent.     

Mark Zuckerberg

To give and then not feel that one has given is the very best of all ways of giving.     

Max Beerbohm

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.     

Mother Teresa

Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.     

Albert Einstein

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

Kahlil Gibran

Giving should be entered into in just the same way as investing. Giving is investing.     

John D. Rockefeller

The manner of giving is worth more than the gift.     

Pierre Corneille

You give to yourself by giving of yourself.     

Matt Kahn

Think of giving not as a duty but as a privilege.     

John D. Rockefeller Jr.

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

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

Maya Angelou

The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but reveal to them their own.     


To give and not expect return, that is what lies at the heart of love.     

Oscar Wilde

You give before you get.     

Napoleon Hill

For of those to whom much is given, much is required.     

John F. Kennedy

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

It is not the gift, but the thought that counts.     

Henry Van Dyke

We must give more in order to get more, It is the generous giving of ourselves that produce the generous harvest.     

Orison Swett Marden

Before giving, the mind of the giver is happy; while giving, the mind of the giver is made peaceful; and having given, the mind of the giver is uplifted.     


We must not only give what we have; we must also give what we are.     

Desire Joseph Mercier

Make all you can, save all you can, give all you can.     

John Wesley

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

Arabic Proverb

To give without any reward, or any notice, has a special quality of its own.     

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.     

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Giving to others will not take away from what you have but will in fact add to your life.     

Catherine Pulsifer

In Giving, a man receives more than he gives; and the more is in proportion to the worth of the thing given.     

George Mcdonald

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

Sir Winston Churchill

Giving is the master key to success, in all applications of human life.     

Bryant McGill

The wise man does not lay up his own treasures. The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.     

Lao Tzu

The best things to do with the best things in life is to give them away     

Dorothy Day

Fill yourselves first and then only will you be able to give to others.     

Augustine of Hippo

Continually give, continually gain.     

Chinese Proverb

The best investment with the least risk and the greatest dividend is giving.     

Sir John Templeton

If I cannot give bountifully, yet will I give freely.     

Arthur Warwick

At its best, giving is an act of worship.     

Cornelius J. Dyck

The Heart That Gives, Gathers.     

Marianne Moore

Give the world the best you have and the best will come back to you.     

Madeline Bridge

When giving comes directly from the heart, it can never disappoint or embarrass.     

Bel Kaufman

Give naught, get same. Give much get same.     

Malcolm Forbes

Giving is the key to living life of abundance blessings.     

Lailah Gifty Akita

The second best thing after a gift itself is the way of giving it     

Ali Boussi

Giving back involves a certain amount of giving up.     

Colin Powell

The giving of love is an education in itself.     

Eleanor Roosevelt

Giving and take give we hear a great deal about the Lord loving cheerful givers.     

Evan Esar

When it comes to giving charity, some people stop at nothing.     

Evan Esar

The Lord loves a cheerful giver, and so does everyone else.      

Evan Esar

There's nothing so rare as the ability to take good advice, except the wisdom to give it.     

Evan Esar

The man who takes and never gives, may last for years but never lives.     

Evan Esar

It takes a heart filled with love to give when there is very little to give.     

John A. Andrews

It's a known fact that if you want the fireplace to give you heat, you have got to keep feeding it some wood.     

John A. Andrews

You can never out-give your source.     

John A. Andrews

When God gives you a vision he also gives you the ability, and in his timing you'll certainly reach your destination if you persevere.     

John A. Andrews

God is love. He's the source which keeps giving to the stream continually.     

John A. Andrews

Take whatever He gives and give whatever He takes with a big smile.     

Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Give a man a fish, feed him for a day; teach him how to fish, feed him for a lifetime.     

Chinese Proverb

Treat all men alike, Give them all the same law. Give them all an even chance to live and grow. All men were made by the same Great Spirit Chief. They are all brothers.      

Chief Joseph

When things are in danger: someone has to give them up so that others may keep them.      

Frodo Baggins

God gave us the gift of life. it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.     


The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar is bound to succeed.     

Henry Ford

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.     

P.J. O'Rourke

Telling a teenager the facts of life is like giving a fish a bath.     

Arnold H. Glasow

Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life.     

George Macdonald

When you give, you'll receive something back too.     

James Frey

No matter where you are in life or what your consequences are, you can give.     

James Frey

Friendship, at least those that I've known, is about giving.     

James Frey

You may give a man an office, but you cannot give him discretion.     

Benjamin Franklin

Give in this world. Receive in the next.     

John Taylor Wood

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

Kahlil Gibran

A wise lover values not so much the gift of the lover as the love of the giver.     

Thomas Kempis

The only gift is the portion of thyself.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

We do not quite forgive a giver. The hand that feeds us is in some danger of being bitten.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you give what can be taken, you are not really giving.      

Idries Shah

The manner of giving is worth more than the gift.     

Pierre Corneille

Take what you are given, not what you want to be given.     

Idries Shah

Give what cannot be taken.     

Idries Shah

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

Bangambiki Habyarimana

Why should we give God thanks? Because everything we have comes from God.     

Billy Graham

Christ wants to give you hope for the future.     

Billy Graham

Give them quality. That's the best kind of advertising.      

Milton Hershey

If you give 100 percent all the time, somehow things will work out in the end.     

Larry Bird

I need to give you something impossible, as a gift, so you can feel some of my joy.     

Jason Edward Shiffman

The lord give-it and the lord take-it, so I give it so he won't have to take it.      

Joseph Julius Bonkowski

Good works is giving to the poor and the helpless.     

Dr Purushothaman

Never regret a day in you life. Goo days give you happiness. Bad days give you experience. Worst days give lessons, and the best days give memories.     

Fernan Vargas

Generosity is the virtue of giving good things to others freely and abundantly.     

Christian Smith

Generosity also involves giving to others not simply anything in abundance but rather giving those things that are beneficial to others.     

Christian Smith

Generosity always intends to enhance the true well-being of those to whom something is being given.     

Christian Smith

Generous people can give may vary: money, possessions, time, attention, aid, encouragement, emotional availability and more.     

Christian Smith

Generosity is like love in a way. People often say that we increase love we have by giving it away.     

Christian Smith

Generosity works its magic on one person at a time.      

Barbara Bonner

Generosity is a practice, and as with anything we practice, we get better at it over time.     

Barbara Bonner

Generosity is willing to take risks.     

Barbara Bonner

Generosity invites us to put ourselves in another's shoes, see and feel the existence of a pressing need, realize that it within our power to help.     

Barbara Bonner