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Generosity Proverbs


Sayings about Generosity

The poorer, the more generous. ~ Russian Proverb

Men would not be richer for being miserly; generosity does not make a man poorer. ~ Yiddish Proverbs

Three things that can’t be taught: generosity, poetry and a singing voice. ~ Irish Proverbs

There is nothing better than a rich wife and a generous mother-in-law. ~ Russian Proverbs

No one is as generous as he who has nothing to give. ~ French Proverb

Indifference is a generous kind of intolerance. ~ Japanese Proverbs

He who is narrow of vision cannot be big of heart. ~ Chinese Proverb

The best act of generosity is that which is quickly done. ~ Arabian Proverb

He who allows his day to pass by without practicing generosity and enjoying life’s pleasures is like a blacksmith’s bellows: he breathes but does not live. ~ Indian Proverbs

The maker of laws must be severe; who executes them must be generous. ~ Chinese Proverb

In this world generous people have no money and those with money are not generous. ~ Iranian Proverb

The lover who gives you her body but not her heart is generous with thorn less roses. ~ Iranian Proverbs

The generous man enriches himself by giving; the miser hoards himself poor. ~ Dutch Proverbs

Quotations about Generosity

How much easier it is to be generous than just! Men are sometimes bountiful who are not honest. ~ Junius

Generosity wins favour for every one, especially when it is accompanied by modesty. ~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe Quotes

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

It’s hard to outdo the Lord in generosity. ~ Jerold Panas

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

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

Be kind, generous and loving in your thoughts, words and actions. ~ Ann Sykes Walter

When you give, take to yourself no credit for generosity, unless you deny yourself something in order that you may give. ~ Sir Henry Taylor

How much easier is it to be generous than just. ~ Junius

Generosity is a principle — not an amount. ~ Millie Thornton

Generosity is the accompaniment of high birth; pity and gratitude are its attendants. ~ Pierre Corneille

If you’re a generous person you’ll have no trouble admitting that somebody else is good. If you’re a better person you’ll find its total impossibility. ~ Author Unknown

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. ~ Kahlil Gibran Quotes

Each of you who has been the recipient of somebody’s generosity should try to remember that in your life, and preferably while you are living, do something about that. ~ Terry Bennett

One of the finest virtues is generosity — a quality characteristic of the person who thinks more highly of others than he does of himself. ~ Malcolm D. Maxwell

Be generous, and you will be prosperous. Help others, and you will be helped. ~ Bible

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

True generosity does not consist in obeying every impulse of humanity… so as to render us incapable of future ones. ~ Oliver Goldsmith

A generous action is its own reward. ~ William T. Walsh

Generosity is more charitable than wealth. ~ Joseph Roux

Generosity is not merely a trait that pleases God; it is a practice which releases us from bondage to the ego, and also to things. ~ Albert E. Day

Watch lest prosperity destroy generosity. ~ Henry Ward Beecher

Generosity lies less in giving much than in giving at the right moment. ~ Jean De La Bruyere

Be generous, good and just, when anything is to be gained by virtue. ~ Billy Boy Franklin

Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need. ~ Kahlil Gibran

The record of a generous life runs like a vine around the memory of our dead, and every sweet unselfish act is now a perfumed flower. ~ Robert Green Ingersoll

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

Generosity is good deeds that are done quietly, inconspicuously and are immediately forgotten. ~ Dave Grant

Don’t let those who take advantage of your generosity stop you from being generous. ~ Author Unknown

Almost always the most indigent are the most generous. ~ Leszczynski Stanislaus

The test of generosity is not how much you give, but how much you have left. ~ Author Unknown

If we should deal out justice only, in this world, who would escape? No, it is better to be generous, and in the end more profitable, for it gains gratitude for us, and love. ~ Mark Twain Quotes

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. ~ Mrs. Anna Brownell Jameson

Never suppress a generous impulse. ~ Author Unknown

How delightful is the company of generous people, who overlook trifles and keep their minds instinctively fixed on whatever is good and positive in the world about them. ~ Van Wyck Brooks

Sometimes we don’t give generously because we don’t see the generous Giver to whom it all belongs anyway! ~ Kent R. Hunter

We’d all like a reputation for generosity, and we’d all like to buy it cheap. ~ Mignon McLaughlin

As a rule, only the poor are generous. Rich people can always find excellent reasons for not handing over twenty thousand francs to a relative. ~ Honore de Balzac

Generosity is only benevolence in practice. ~ Bishop Thomas Ken

The truly generous is the truly wise; And he who loves not others, lives unblest. ~ Quintus Horatius Flaccus

It is good to be unselfish and generous; but don’t carry that too far. It will not do to give yourself to be melted down for the benefit of the tallow-trade; you must know where to find yourself. ~ George Eliot

The generous who is always just, and the just who is always generous, may, unannounced, approach the throne of heaven. ~ John Caspar Lavater

Be just before you are generous. ~ Richard Brinsley Sheridan

The poor don’t know that their function in life is to exercise our generosity. ~ Jean-Paul Sartre Quotes

A man is sometimes more generous when he has but a little money than when he has plenty, perhaps through fear of being thought to have but little. ~ Benjamin Franklin Quotes

Generosity with strings is not generosity: it is a deal. ~ Marya Mannes

Generosity, to be perfect, should always be accompanied by dash of humor. ~ Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own. ~ Benjamin Disraeli Quotes

Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out. ~ Frank A. Clark

Generous deeds would be repeated oftener if more gratitude had been shown for the first ones. ~ William Feather

Generosity should never exceed ability. ~ Marcus T. Cicero

It is not in everyone’s power to secure wealth, office, or honors; but everyone may be good, generous, and wise. ~ Luc de Clapiers de Vauvenargues

Generosity is something we learn, from our parents, schools and community. ~ H. Ross Perot

Let them do good, and be rich in well-doing. Be ready to give generously and share with others. ~ Bible

Our generosity never should exceed our abilities. ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

A generous man places the benefits he confers beneath his feet; those he receives, nearest his heart. ~ Lord Greville

Many people are capable of doing a wise thing, more a cunning thing, but very few a generous thing. ~ Alexander Pope

I take as my guide the hope of a saint: in crucial things, unity… in important things, diversity… in all things, generosity. ~ George H. Bush

There is not another country in the world that can come close to matching the generosity of Americans. And each year we give more. ~ Jerold Panas

It is always so pleasant to be generous, though very vexatious to pay debts. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

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

Lavishness is not generosity. ~ Thomas Fuller

Too many have dispensed with generosity to practice charity. ~ Albert Camus Quotes

Good will comes to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice. ~ Bible

People who think they’re generous to a fault usually think that’s their only fault. ~ Sidney J. Harris

Sir, he throws away his money without thought and without merit. I do not call a tree generous that sheds its fruit at every breeze. ~ Samuel Johnson

One can love any man that is generous. ~ James Henry Leigh Hunt

He who gives what he would as readily throw away gives without generosity; for the essence of generosity is in self-sacrifice. ~ Sir Henry Taylor

True generosity is a duty as indispensably necessary as those imposed upon us by the law. It is a rule imposed upon us by reason, which should be the sovereign law of a rational being. ~ Oliver Goldsmith

It needs as much generosity to take as to give. ~ Ivan Panin

How seldom is generosity perfect and pure! How often do men give because it throws a certain inferiority on those who receive, and superiority on themselves! ~ Fulke Greville

There were in him candor and generosity, which, unless tempered by due moderation, lead to ruin. ~ Caius Cornelius Tacitus

If a man be endowed with a generous mind, this is the best kind of nobility. ~ Plato

You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. ~ Bible

Generosity, wrong placed, becometh a vice; a princely mind will undo a private family. ~ Thomas Fuller

Never measure your generosity by what you give, but rather by what you have left. ~ Fulton John Sheen

Kindness and generosity … form the true morality of human actions. ~ Anne Germain De Stael

Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud. ~ Maya Angelou

What is called generosity is usually only the vanity of giving; we enjoy the vanity more than the thing given. ~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld

To generous souls every task is noble. ~ Euripides

Wherever I find a great deal of gratitude in a poor man, I take it for granted there would be as much generosity if he were a rich man. ~ Alexander Pope

I can remember way back when a liberal was one who was generous with his own money. ~ Will Rogers

A man who suddenly becomes generous may please fools, but he will not deceive the wise. ~ Phaedrus

One of the sanest, surest, and most generous joys of life comes from being happy over the good fortune of others. ~ Archibald Rutledge

The best practical advice I can give to the present generation is to practice the virtue which the Christians call love. ~ Bertrand Russell

To be generous, guiltless, and of a free disposition is to take those things for bird-bolts that you deem cannon-bullets. ~ William Shakespeare Quotes

Generosity is the flower of justice. ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

No one ever sowed the grain of generosity who gathered not up the harvest of the desire of his heart. ~ Moslih Eddin Saadi

There is wisdom in generosity, as in everything else.~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Some people think they are generous because they give away free advice. ~ Author Unknown

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