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!
Life is not about getting and having, it’s about giving and being. Kevin Kruse
Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity. Simone Weil
Give more than you take, and you’ll get more than you give. Sahil Lavingia
Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you’re already in heaven now. Jack Kerouac
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
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)
Optimize your generosity. No one on their deathbed has ever regretted giving too much away. Kevin Kelly
I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver. Maya Angelou
You are only as pretty as you treat people. Chelsea Gomez
If you have two shirts in your closet, one belongs to you and the other to the man with no shirt. Ambrose
Generosity wins favor for every one, especially when it is accompanied by modesty. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Every person, no matter what their wealth, is equally capable of practicing generosity. Thich Nhat Hanh
Listen more than you talk. Love more than you fear. Give more than you take. Maxime Lagacé
A few thoughts on generosity…
I’ve always been an idealist.
And for me, an ideal world is the 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.
people care for each other and as a result, the world becomes a better place.
The Best Generosity Quotes
Celebrate when your friends win. Anthony Pompliano Click to tweet
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
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)
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
The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other people. Aristotle Click to tweet
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
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
True generosity happens without any awareness of being generous. Byron Katie Click to tweet
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
Related author: Mahatma Gandhi
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Inspirational Generosity Quotes
The average man wants to be successful. The wise wants others to be successful. Maxime Lagacé Click to tweet
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
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
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
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
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
In a world of bluff and smoke, real action and true helpfulness are perhaps the ultimate charm. Robert Greene Click to tweet
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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Generosity Quotes: The Conclusion
Humanity needs givers, not takers. Maxime Lagacé
- 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.
Call to action: Read 5 Research-Backed Benefits of Making Generosity a Habit (michaelhyatt.com)
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