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

John D. Rockefeller, Jr.

   

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

      

What seems to be generosity is often no more than disguised ambition, which overlooks a small interest in order to secure a great one.

François de la Rochefoucauld


We'd all like a reputation for generosity, and we'd all like to buy it cheap.

Mignon McLaughlin

  
All my experience of the world teaches me that in ninety-nine cases out of a hundred the safe side and the just side of a question is the generous side and the merciful side.

Anna Brownell Jameson
   

Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out.

Frank A. Clark

   

Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.

Albert Camus

    

To know when to be generous and when to be firm -- this is wisdom.

Elbert Hubbard

    

   

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

  

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Don't say that you want to give, but go ahead and give!
You'll never catch up with a mere hope.


Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

   

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

Alexander Pope

   

You are forgiven for your happiness and your successes
only if you generously consent to share them.

William Blake

   
To the generous mind the heaviest debt is that of gratitude,
when it is not in our power to repay it.

Benjamin Franklin
   

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

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

Albert Camus

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Our generosity never should exceed our abilities.

Cicero

   

There is a greatness in being generous, and there is only simple
justice in satisfying creditors.  Generosity is the part
of the soul raised above the vulgar.

Oliver Goldsmith

   

Generosity is the flower of justice.

Nathaniel Hawthorne

  

Generosity, when once set going, knows not how to stop; as the more
familiar we are with the lovely form, the more enamored we become of her charms.

Pliny the Younger

   

The person who gives what he or she would as readily throw away gives
without generosity; for the essence of generosity is in self-sacrifice.

Henry Taylor

   
   

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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
   

True generosity consists precisely in fighting to destroy the causes
which nourish false charity.  False charity constrains the fearful and
subdued, the "rejects of life," to extend their trembling hands.  True
generosity lies in striving so that these hands--whether of individuals
or entire peoples--need be extended less and less in supplication,
so that more and more they become human hands which work
and, working, transform the world.

Paulo Freire
Pedagogy of the Oppressed

   

Practice giving things away, not just things you don't care about, but things
you do like.  Remember, it is not the size of a gift, it is its quality and the
amount of mental attachment you overcome that count.  So don't bankrupt
yourself on a momentary positive impulse, only to regret it later.  Give thought
to giving.  Give small things, carefully, and observe the mental processes
going along with the act of releasing the little thing you liked.

Robert A.F. Thurman

   







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Children must learn early the beauty of generosity.  They are taught to
give what they prize most, that they may taste the happiness of giving.

Charles Alexander Eastman

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Generosity is not in giving me that which I need more than you do,
but it is in giving me that which you need more than I do.


Khalil Gibran

  

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generous may, unannounced, approach the throne of heaven.

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Generosity lies less in giving much than in giving at the right moment.

Jean La Bruyere
  

Generosity gives help rather than advice.

Luc de Clapiers Vauvenargues

  

Trees bend low with ripened fruit; clouds hang down with gentle
rain; noble people bow graciously.  This is the way of generous things.

Bhartrihari

  

    

  

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