True Generosity

True Generosity

True Generosity

In the act of giving lies the expression of my aliveness.

– Erich Fromm

Thousand of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened.  Happiness never decreases by being shared.

– Buddha

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

– Winston Churchill

The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.

– Nelson Henderson

Real generosity toward the future consists in giving all to what is present.

– Albert Camus

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

Money is like manure; it’s not worth a thing unless it’s spread around encouraging young things to grow.

– Thornton Wilder

You cannot to a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

– Bob Hope

It is not how much we give, but how much love we put in the giving.

– Mother Teresa

Happiness is not made by what we own.  It is what we share.

– Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

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.

– Seneca

I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with catcher’s mitts on both hands.  You need to be able to throw something back.

– Maya Angelou

Generosity is the most natural outward expression of an inner attitude of compassion and loving-kindness.

– HH the Dalai Lama XIV

Even after all this time

The sun never says to the earth,

“You owe me.”

Look what happens

With a love like that –

It lights the whole world.

– Hafiz

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You give but little when you give of your possessions.

It is when you give of yourself that your truly give.

There are those who give little of the much which they have – and they give it for recognition and their hidden desire makes their gifts unwholesome.

And there are those who have little and give it all.  These are the believers in life and the bounty of life, and their coffer is never empty.

And is there aught you would withhold? 

All you have shall someday be given;

Therefore give now, that the season of giving

May be yours and not your inheritors’.

In truth it is life that gives unto life

While you, who deem yourself a giver,

Are but a witness.

You often say, “I would give, but only to the deserving.”

The trees in your orchard say not so, nor the flocks in your pasture.

They give that they may live, for to withhold is to perish.

Suerly he who is worthy to receive his days and his nights

Is worthy of all else from you.

And he who has deserved to drink from the ocean of life

deserves to fill his cup from your little stream.

– Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet, excerpted on Giving

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