It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.

--Mother Teresa


Anticipate charity by preventing poverty; assist the reduced fellow man, either by a considerable gift or a sum of money or by teaching him a trade or by putting him in the way of business so that he may earn an honest livelihood and not be forced to the

dreadful alternative of holding out his hand for charity. This is the highest step and summit of charity's golden ladder.



Money is like manure; it's not worth a thing unless it's spread around

encouraging young things to grow.

--Thornton Wilder, from The Matchmaker


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 somebody.

--Chinese proverb


Think of giving not as a duty but as a privilege.

--John D. Rockefeller, Jr.


One must be poor to know the luxury of giving.

--George Eliot


He who allows his day to pass by without practicing generosity and enjoying life's pleasures is like a blacksmith's bellows--he breathes but does not live.

--Sanskrit Proverb


A handful of pine-seed will cover mountains with the green majesty of forests.

I too will set my face to the wind and throw my handful of seed on high.

--Fiona Macleod


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


I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.

--Albert Schweitzer


One man gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds

what he should give, and only suffers want.

--Bible, Proverbs 11:24


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

--Andre Gide


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


Plant a kernel of wheat and you reap a pint; plant a pint and you reap a bushel. Always the law works to give you back more than you give.

--Anthony Norvell


He who gives while he lives, gets to know where it goes.
--Percy Ross


A compliment is a gift, not to be thrown away carelessly,

unless you want to hurt the giver.

--Eleanor Hamilton


It is every man's obligation to put back into the world at least

the equivalent of what he takes out of it.

--Albert Einstein


It is possible to give without loving, but it is impossible to love without giving.

--Richard Braunstein


It is better to give than to lend, and it costs about the same.

--Philip Gibbs


The human contribution is the essential ingredient.
It is only in the giving of oneself to others that we truly live.

--Ethel Percy Andrus

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

--Maya Angelou