It may be that some little root of the sacred tree still lives. Nourish it then, that it may leaf and bloom and fill with singing birds.
Selfless giving is the art of living.
Help thy brother’s boat across and lo! Thine own has reached the shore.
All you have shall some day be given; Therefore give now, that the season of giving may be yours and not your inheritors’.
Bring whatever we have to offer, and it is more than enough. This is true regardless of how much money we have. Our real capital is the fundamental wholeness of the human spirit.
Kindness is the light that dissolves all walls between souls, families, and nations.
Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.
One little person, giving all of her time to peace, makes news. Many people, giving some of their time, can make history.
Behold I do not give lectures, or a little charity. When I give, I give myself.
Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.
Do all the good you can and make as little fuss about it as possible.
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.
Complete possession is proved only by giving. All you are unable to give possesses you.
Service doesn't start when you have something to give – it blossoms naturally when you have nothing left to take.
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, from the Bible
I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.
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.
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.
The greatest gift you can give another is the purity of your attention.
What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
You're happiest while you're making the greatest contribution.
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.
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.
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.
…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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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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