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- You must give some time to your fellow men. Even if it's a little thing, do something for others - something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it.
- Albert Schweitzer (1875 - 1965)
- The great art of giving consists in this: the gift should cost very little and yet be greatly coveted, so that it may be the more highly appreciated.
- Baltasar Gracian
- The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness rather than in its value.
- Charles Dudley Warner (1829 - 1900), 'Eleventh Study,' Backlog Studies, 1873
- A compliment is a gift, not to be thrown away carelessly, unless you want to hurt the giver.
- Eleanor Hamilton
- There is no benefit in the gifts of a bad man.
- Euripides (484 BC - 406 BC), Medea, 431 B.C.
- One must be poor to know the luxury of giving.
- George Eliot (1819 - 1880)
- Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)
- Make all you can, save all you can, give all you can.
- John Wesley (1703 - 1791)
- Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.
- Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931)
- Do give books - religious or otherwise - for Christmas. They're never fattening, seldom sinful, and permanently personal.
- Lenore Hershey
- You try to give away what you want yourself.
- Lois McMaster Bujold, "Memory", 1996
- If we have the opportunity to be generous with our hearts, ourselves, we have no idea of the depth and breadth of love's reach.
- Margaret Cho, weblog, 03-09-04
- If you want to see what children can do, you must stop giving them things.
- Norman Douglas
- What a child doesn't receive he can seldom later give.
- P. D. James, Time to Be in Earnest
- Gifts allow us to demonstrate exactly how little we know about a person. And nothing pisses a person off more than being shoved into the wrong pigeonhole.
- Pam Davis, House M.D., It's A Wonderful Lie, 2008
- A gift in season is a double favor to the needy.
- Publilius Syrus (~100 BC), Moral Sayings, 100 B.C.
- He doubly benefits the needy who gives quickly.
- Publilius Syrus (~100 BC), Maxims
- The spirit in which a thing is given determines that in which the debt is acknowledged; it's the intention, not the face-value of the gift, that's weighed.
- Seneca (5 BC - 65 AD), Letters to Lucilius, 100 A.D.
- We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.
- Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)
- Purchase not friends by gifts; when thou ceasest to give, such will cease to love.
- Thomas Fuller (1608 - 1661)
- Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind.
- William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), Hamlet, 1600