71 Generosity Quotes To Make Your World Better

By Maxime Lagacé

Maxime is the founder of WisdomQuotes. He has been collecting quotes since 2004. His goal? To help you develop a calm and peaceful mind. Learn more about him on his about page.

Here are 71 of the best generosity quotes I could find. The goal? To inspire you and ultimately make you even more loving, kind, and generous toward others. You’ll discover quotes by Dalai Lama, Lao Tzu, Maya Angelou, and more. Enjoy!
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Love is the fruit of sacrifice. Wealth is the fruit of generosity. Lao Tzu (Tao Te Ching, Amazon book)

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Life is not about getting and having, it’s about giving and being. Kevin Kruse

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Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity. Simone Weil

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Give more than you take, and you’ll get more than you give. Sahil Lavingia

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Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you’re already in heaven now. Jack Kerouac


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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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You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give. Kahlil Gibran (The Prophet, Amazon book)

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Optimize your generosity. No one on their deathbed has ever regretted giving too much away. Kevin Kelly

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The highest status people in human history are those that asked for nothing and gave everything. Naval Ravikant

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


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You are only as pretty as you treat people. Chelsea Gomez

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If you have two shirts in your closet, one belongs to you and the other to the man with no shirt. Ambrose

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Generosity wins favor for every one, especially when it is accompanied by modesty. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Every person, no matter what their wealth, is equally capable of practicing generosity. Thich Nhat Hanh

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Listen more than you talk. Love more than you fear. Give more than you take. Maxime Lagacé


The Best Generosity Quotes

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Celebrate when your friends win. Anthony Pompliano

It is greed to do all the talking and never to listen. Democritus

I was always ashamed to take. So I gave. It was not a virtue. It was a disguise. Anaïs Nin

Generosity is not a free pass for people to take advantage of us, treat us unfairly, or be purposefully disrespectful and mean. Brené Brown (Rising Strong, Amazon book)

The most crucial use of knowledge and education is to understand the importance of developing a good heart. 14th Dalai Lama

A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles. William Hazlitt

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Life gets better when you give, just for fun. Maxime Lagacé

If you want happiness for an hour – take a nap. If you want happiness for a day – go fishing. If you want happiness for a year – inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime – help someone else. Chinese proverb

Giving too much can be a sign of desperation, as if you were trying to buy someone. Robert Greene


I hope you’re proud of yourself for the times you’ve said “yes,” when all it meant was extra work for you and was seemingly helpful only to someone else. Fred Rogers

What seems generosity is often disguised ambition, that despises small to run after greater interest. François de La Rochefoucauld

Pure generosity is when you help the ingrate. Every other form is self-serving. Nassim Nicholas Taleb (The Bed of Procrustes)

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It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving. Mother Teresa

The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy. Kalu Ndukwe Kalu

I don’t care whether the world’s going to end tomorrow or it’s going to go on forever. I’m still going to do the same thing I do every day which is to love, serve, remember, love, serve, remember, love, serve, remember. Ram Dass

If you are a taker of happiness you get misery, if you are a giver of happiness you get joy and love. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

For if a thing is not diminished by being shared with others, it is not rightly owned if it is only owned and not shared. Augustine of Hippo

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The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other people. Aristotle

Give the best of you everywhere you go. Give a smile, give thanks, give kindness, give love, and give without expectation of return. Rhonda Byrne

I don’t want anything. I exist only to serve others. Neem Karoli Baba

If you do not give the tenth part to God, he will take the nine parts. Ambrose

Part 2. Generosity Quotes That Are…

Short Generosity Quotes

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Generosity starts when ego ends. Maxime Lagacé

Add value without expectation. Nathan Gotch

Life hack: be happy for other people. Sean Rose

Magnanimity despises all, to win all. François de La Rochefoucauld

You are rich when you can help for free. @orangebook_

There are too many people, and too few human beings. Robert Zend

Never hesitate when you have an impulse toward charity. Mark Manson

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True generosity happens without any awareness of being generous. Byron Katie

A kindness received should be returned with a freer hand. Ambrose

Nothing you have not given away will ever really be yours. C.S. Lewis

Be the reason people still believe in gentle hearts, genuine vibes and gorgeous souls. Pammy (Source)

To receive everything, one must open one’s hands and give. Taisen Deshimaru

Sharing is the most precious religious experience. Sharing is good. Osho

Make someone’s day with an unexpected kindness. It may make your day too. Thibaut (@kpaxs)

Spend more time smiling than frowning and more time praising than criticizing. Richard Branson

Inspirational Generosity Quotes

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The average man wants to be successful. The wise wants others to be successful. Maxime Lagacé

Strive to be first: first to nod, first to smile, first to compliment, and first to forgive. Rhonda Byrne

Acts of love are valid only if they’re performed without conditions or expectations. Mark Manson

Over a long enough timeline you get what you give. Go positive and go first. Shane Parrish (Source)

Generosity is an engine for virality. The more you give, the more you’ll grow. Selfish doesn’t spread. Josh Spector

A gift is pure when it is given from the heart to the right person at the right time and at the right place, and when we expect nothing in return. Bhagavad Gita

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There’s no shame in being good to people, being soft, being a warm-loving person. You can be that and still not take shit from anyone. Boii McCoy

If you develop care and concern for others, you’ll develop a kind of inner strength in spite of your own difficulties and problems. 14th Dalai Lama

Greet and respect people regardless of social status. People who don’t do that are a red flag to me. Gal Shapira

Charity can be a lifestyle, not merely an occasional gift. Read charitably. Give the author your most rational interpretation. Listen charitably. Donate your undivided attention. Work charitably. Be generous with your expertise. In this way, you make charity a daily habit. James Clear

It is important that we learn humility, which says there was someone else before me who paid for me. My responsibility is to prepare myself so that I can pay for someone else who is yet to come. Maya Angelou

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The human capacity to care for others isn’t something trivial or something to be taken for granted. Rather it is something we should cherish. 14th Dalai Lama

The 2nd best thing in life is to overcome a challenge you didn’t think you could. The 1st is helping someone else do the same. Ed Latimore (edlatimore.com)

I don’t care what my children choose to do professionally, just as long as within their choices they understand they’ve got to give something back. Marian Wright Edelman

There were two classes of charitable people: one, the people who did a little and made a great deal of noise; the other, the people who did a great deal and made no noise at all. Charles Dickens

Generosity isn’t saying yes to every request. It’s helping when you can make a unique contribution. Generosity isn’t sacrificing yourself for others. It’s helping when it won’t exhaust you – and when it energizes you. Adam Grant

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In a world of bluff and smoke, real action and true helpfulness are perhaps the ultimate charm. Robert Greene

You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you. John Wooden

Give more. Give what you didn’t get. Love more. Drop the old story. Garry Shandling

Related: 10 Little Ways to Become More Generous (becomingminimalist.com)



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Humanity needs givers, not takers. Maxime Lagacé

Key Takeaways

  • Generosity creates wealth. When you’re generous, you make the world more beautiful.
  • Society tells us you should buy stuff and achieve things. Instead, give your stuff and your time.
  • A simple way to be generous? Listen to what people say.
  • A simple mantra to live by? “Give more than you take.”
  • Want to see heaven? Be kind, caring, and generous with everybody.

A few thoughts on generosity…

I’ve always been an idealist.

And for me, an ideal world is one where:

  • people share with each other
  • they help-they smile
  • they give (their money, time, possessions, etc.)
  • they listen
  • they try to understand
  • and most of all, they love.

In this world, generosity is a vital component.

They are generous from the bottom of their heart and not because they would like to get something back in return.

There is less competition and more collaboration.

There is less ego and more humility and respect.

In sum,

people care for each other and as a result, the world becomes a better place.

Further Readings

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Do you consider yourself generous? What’s your favorite generosity quote? And remember: words can transform your life, if you find the right ones.

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Author Bio

maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He started journaling, reflecting, writing his thoughts, feelings and quotes.

His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal.

A few years later, he started his first website to share his love of quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, husband, and INFJ.

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, bananas, SEO, human potential, and education.

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March 9, 2022

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