Giving

 

A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.

Father James Keller

One little person, giving all of her time to peace, makes news. Many people, giving some of their time, can make history.

Peace Pilgrim

Behold I do not give lectures, or a little charity. When I give, I give myself.

Walt Whitman

Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.

Leonard Cohen

Love all, serve all, feed all.

Neem Karoli Baba

Do all the good you can and make as little fuss about it as possible.

Charles Dickens

Now there is living to give instead of to get. As you concentrate on the giving, you discover that just as you cannot receive without giving, so neither can you give without receiving – even the most wonderful things like health and happiness and inner peace. There is a feeling of endless energy, it just never runs out, it seems to be as endless as air. You seem to be plugged in to the source of universal energy.

Peace Pilgrim

Complete possession is proved only by giving. All you are unable to give possesses you.

Andre Gide

Service doesn't start when you have something to give – it blossoms naturally when you have nothing left to take.

Nipun Mehta

If a man has enough to live on, and yet when he sees his brother in need shuts up his heart against him, how can it be said that the divine love dwells in him?

John 3:17

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

Maya Angelou

My own experience about all the blessings I’ve had in my life is that the more I give away, the more that comes back. That is the way life works, and that is the way energy works.

Ken Blanchard

The impersonal hand of government can never replace the helping hand of a neighbor.

Hubert H Humphrey

Kindness in words creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking creates profundity.
Kindness in giving creates love.

Lao Tsu

The greatest gift you can give another is the purity of your attention.

Richard Moss

What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.

Albert Pike

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

Norman MacFinan

You're happiest while you're making the greatest contribution.

Robert Kennedy

I am I plus my surroundings and if I do not preserve the latter, I do not preserve myself.

Jose Ortega Y Gasset

For he that contributes only to his own welfare soon finds little to work for. He that contributes only to the welfare of others soon finds too much of others and has lost the appreciation of self, or of its ideals.

…Know that the power or strength for any influence as related to the help of others must come from the universal source and not from self alone. For the individual may sow the seed, the Infinite must give the increase - it must do the multiplying. Man can detract, but he can add little to God's purpose in the earth save through the grace and mercy of God Himself.

Edgar Cayce Reading 3478-2

In giving you are throwing a bridge across the chasm of your solitude.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Give, give, give – what is the point of having experience, knowledge or talent if I don't give it away? Of having stories if I don't tell them to others? Of having wealth if I don't share it? I don't intend to be cremated with any of it! It is in giving that I connect with others, with the world and with the divine.

Isabel Allende

The greatest pleasure I know is to do a good action by stealth, and to have it found out by accident.

Charles Lamb (1775-1834) British Essayist

To say yes, you have to sweat and roll up your sleeves and plunge both hands into life up to the elbows.

Jean Anouilh

The manner in which it is given is worth more than the gift.

Pierre Corneille (1606-1684)

We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from it.

William Osler (1849-1919) Canadian physician

We find greatest joy, not in getting, but in expressing what we are… Men do not really live for honors or for pay; their gladness is not the taking and holding, but in doing, the striving, the building, the living. It is a higher joy to teach than to be taught. It is good to get justice, but better to do it; fun to have things but more to make them. The happy man is he who lives the life of love, not for the honors it may bring, but for the life itself.

RJ Baughan

…the waiter has to come from a place of concentration, subjugation, and complete, limitless service. Nothing is too much trouble. The customer is always right, even when he is wrong. There is no limit to what you will do to serve while that person is in your bar and in your care.

from The Trick to Money Is Having Some!, by Stuart Wilde

To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.

Donald A Adams

The manner in which it is given is worth more than the gift.

Pierre Corneille (1606-1684) French playwright

For it is in the giving that we receive.

St Francis of Assisi

Behold a candle, how it gives its light. It weeps its life away drop by drop in order to give forth its flame of light.

Abdu'l-Baha

There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life – happiness, freedom and peace of mind – are always attained by giving them to someone else.

Peyton Conway March

What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us. What we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.

Albert Pine

Time and money spent in helping men do more for themselves is far better than mere giving.

Henry Ford (1863-1947) American industrialist

It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

Mahatma Gandhi

The cultivation of generosity is the beginning of spiritual awakening. Generosity has tremendous force because it arises from an inner quality of letting go. Being able to let go, to give up, to renounce, and to give generously all spring from the same source, and when we practice generosity ... we open up these qualities within ourselves.

Sharon Salzberg

For every beauty there is an eye somewhere to see it. For every truth there is an ear somewhere to hear it. For every love there is a heart somewhere to receive it.

Ivan Panin

Therefore we pledge to bind ourselves to one another, to embrace our lowliest, to keep company with our loneliest, to educate our illiterate, to feed our starving, to clothe our ragged, to do all good things, knowing that we are more than keepers of our brothers and sisters. We are our brothers and sisters.

Maya Angelou (see works by Maya Angelou)

While you have a thing it can be taken from you... but when you give it, you have given it. No robber can take it from you. It is yours then for ever when you have given it. It will be yours always. That is to give.

James Joyce

Become a shining light to the world. Your suffering adds no value to the world whatsoever. Your joy and light blesses it. The greatest gift you can give to those whom you love is to love your life. The greatest gift you can give to those who are in lack and scarcity is to live a full and abundant life. The greatest gift you can give to yourself is to honour your life and the way you have chosen to live it.

Steve Nobel

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.

Leo Buscaglia (see works by Leo Buscaglia)

The gift, to be true, must be the flowing of the giver unto me, correspondent to my flowing unto him.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A person’s world is only as big as their heart.

Tanya A Moore

A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.

Lawrence G Lovasik

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