Giving Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old giving quotes, giving sayings, and giving proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving. Mother Teresa
You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving. Amy Carmichael
For it is in giving that we receive. Francis of Assisi
Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more. H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
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
No one has ever become poor by giving. Anne Frank
By giving people the power to share, we're making the world more transparent. Mark Zuckerberg
To give and then not feel that one has given is the very best of all ways of giving. Max Beerbohm
If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one. Mother Teresa
Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile. Albert Einstein
You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give. Kahlil Gibran
Giving should be entered into in just the same way as investing. Giving is investing. John D. Rockefeller
The manner of giving is worth more than the gift. Pierre Corneille
You give to yourself by giving of yourself. Matt Kahn
Think of giving not as a duty but as a privilege. John D. Rockefeller Jr.
Giving frees us from the familiar territory of our own needs by opening our mind to the unexplained worlds occupied by the needs of others. Barbara Bush
I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver. Maya Angelou
The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but reveal to them their own. Disraeli
To give and not expect return, that is what lies at the heart of love. Oscar Wilde
You give before you get. Napoleon Hill
For of those to whom much is given, much is required. John F. Kennedy
It is normal to give away a little of one's life in order not to lose it all. Albert Camus
When you give yourself, you receive more than you give. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
It is not the gift, but the thought that counts. Henry Van Dyke
We must give more in order to get more, It is the generous giving of ourselves that produce the generous harvest. Orison Swett Marden
Before giving, the mind of the giver is happy; while giving, the mind of the giver is made peaceful; and having given, the mind of the giver is uplifted. Buddha
We must not only give what we have; we must also give what we are. Desire Joseph Mercier
Make all you can, save all you can, give all you can. John Wesley
If you have much, give of your wealth; if you have little, give of your heart. Arabic Proverb
To give without any reward, or any notice, has a special quality of its own. Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Giving to others will not take away from what you have but will in fact add to your life. Catherine Pulsifer
In Giving, a man receives more than he gives; and the more is in proportion to the worth of the thing given. George Mcdonald
We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. Sir Winston Churchill
Giving is the master key to success, in all applications of human life. Bryant McGill
The wise man does not lay up his own treasures. The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own. Lao Tzu
The best things to do with the best things in life is to give them away Dorothy Day
Fill yourselves first and then only will you be able to give to others. Augustine of Hippo
Continually give, continually gain. Chinese Proverb
The best investment with the least risk and the greatest dividend is giving. Sir John Templeton
If I cannot give bountifully, yet will I give freely. Arthur Warwick
At its best, giving is an act of worship. Cornelius J. Dyck
The Heart That Gives, Gathers. Marianne Moore
Give the world the best you have and the best will come back to you. Madeline Bridge
When giving comes directly from the heart, it can never disappoint or embarrass. Bel Kaufman
Give naught, get same. Give much get same. Malcolm Forbes
Giving is the key to living life of abundance blessings. Lailah Gifty Akita
The second best thing after a gift itself is the way of giving it Ali Boussi
Giving back involves a certain amount of giving up. Colin Powell
The giving of love is an education in itself. Eleanor Roosevelt
Giving and take give we hear a great deal about the Lord loving cheerful givers. Evan Esar
When it comes to giving charity, some people stop at nothing. Evan Esar
The Lord loves a cheerful giver, and so does everyone else. Evan Esar
There's nothing so rare as the ability to take good advice, except the wisdom to give it. Evan Esar
The man who takes and never gives, may last for years but never lives. Evan Esar
It takes a heart filled with love to give when there is very little to give. John A. Andrews
It's a known fact that if you want the fireplace to give you heat, you have got to keep feeding it some wood. John A. Andrews
You can never out-give your source. John A. Andrews
When God gives you a vision he also gives you the ability, and in his timing you'll certainly reach your destination if you persevere. John A. Andrews
God is love. He's the source which keeps giving to the stream continually. John A. Andrews
Take whatever He gives and give whatever He takes with a big smile. Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Give a man a fish, feed him for a day; teach him how to fish, feed him for a lifetime. Chinese Proverb
Treat all men alike, Give them all the same law. Give them all an even chance to live and grow. All men were made by the same Great Spirit Chief. They are all brothers. Chief Joseph
When things are in danger: someone has to give them up so that others may keep them. Frodo Baggins
God gave us the gift of life. it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well. Voltaire
The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar is bound to succeed. Henry Ford
Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. P.J. O'Rourke
Telling a teenager the facts of life is like giving a fish a bath. Arnold H. Glasow
Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life. George Macdonald
When you give, you'll receive something back too. James Frey
No matter where you are in life or what your consequences are, you can give. James Frey
Friendship, at least those that I've known, is about giving. James Frey
You may give a man an office, but you cannot give him discretion. Benjamin Franklin
Give in this world. Receive in the next. John Taylor Wood
You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give. Kahlil Gibran
A wise lover values not so much the gift of the lover as the love of the giver. Thomas Kempis
The only gift is the portion of thyself. Ralph Waldo Emerson
We do not quite forgive a giver. The hand that feeds us is in some danger of being bitten. Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you give what can be taken, you are not really giving. Idries Shah
The manner of giving is worth more than the gift. Pierre Corneille
Take what you are given, not what you want to be given. Idries Shah
Give what cannot be taken. Idries Shah
You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving. Bangambiki Habyarimana
Why should we give God thanks? Because everything we have comes from God. Billy Graham
Christ wants to give you hope for the future. Billy Graham
Give them quality. That's the best kind of advertising. Milton Hershey
If you give 100 percent all the time, somehow things will work out in the end. Larry Bird
I need to give you something impossible, as a gift, so you can feel some of my joy. Jason Edward Shiffman
The lord give-it and the lord take-it, so I give it so he won't have to take it. Joseph Julius Bonkowski
Good works is giving to the poor and the helpless. Dr Purushothaman
Never regret a day in you life. Goo days give you happiness. Bad days give you experience. Worst days give lessons, and the best days give memories. Fernan Vargas
Generosity is the virtue of giving good things to others freely and abundantly. Christian Smith
Generosity also involves giving to others not simply anything in abundance but rather giving those things that are beneficial to others. Christian Smith
Generosity always intends to enhance the true well-being of those to whom something is being given. Christian Smith
Generous people can give may vary: money, possessions, time, attention, aid, encouragement, emotional availability and more. Christian Smith
Generosity is like love in a way. People often say that we increase love we have by giving it away. Christian Smith
Generosity works its magic on one person at a time. Barbara Bonner
Generosity is a practice, and as with anything we practice, we get better at it over time. Barbara Bonner
Generosity is willing to take risks. Barbara Bonner
Generosity invites us to put ourselves in another's shoes, see and feel the existence of a pressing need, realize that it within our power to help. Barbara Bonner