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Generosity


  

Generosity is the flower of justice.

Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Generosity during life is a very different thing from generosity in the hour of death; one proceeds from genuine liberality and benevolence, the other from pride or fear.      -Horace Mann

   
All my experience of the world teaches me that in ninety-nine cases out of a hundred the safe side and the just side of a question is the generous side and the merciful side.       -Anna Brownell Jameson
   

There is a greatness in being generous, and there is only simple justice in satisfying creditors.  Generosity is the part of the soul raised above the vulgar.      -Oliver Goldsmith

   

What seems to be generosity is often no more than disguised ambition, which overlooks a small interest in order to secure a great one.       -François de la Rochefoucauld

   

Generosity, when once set going, knows not how to stop; as the more familiar we are with the lovely form, the more enamored we become of her charms.       -Pliny the Younger

    

They who give what they would as readily throw away give without generosity; for the essence of generosity is in self-sacrifice.       -Henry Taylor

    
Generosity is not in giving me that which I need more than you do, but it is in giving me that which you need more than I do.       -Khalil Gibran

  
We'd all like a reputation for generosity, and we'd all like to buy it cheap.       -Mignon McLaughlin
   
Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity.       -Albert Camus
   

Our generosity never should exceed our abilities.       -Cicero

    

You are forgiven for your happiness and your successes only if you generously consent to share them.      -William Blake

   
Many people have been capable of doing a wise thing, more a cunning thing, but very few a generous thing.      -Alexander Pope
   

Don't say that you want to give, but go ahead and give!  You'll never catch up with a mere hope.      -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    

Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.      -Albert Camus

   
   

To know when to be generous and when to be firm -- this is wisdom.        -Elbert Hubbard

   

Generosity consists not the sum given, but the manner in which it is bestowed.       -unattributed

   

To the generous mind the heaviest debt is that of gratitude, when it is not in our power to repay it.       -Benjamin Franklin

   

   

Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out.       -Frank A. Clark

   

Think of giving not as a duty but as a privilege.      -John D. Rockefeller, Jr.

   

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Trees bend low with ripened fruit; clouds hang down with gentle rain; noble people bow graciously.   This is the way of generous things.     -Bhartrihari
  
Generosity gives help rather than advice.     -Luc de Clapiers Vauvenargues
  
Generosity lies less in giving much than in giving at the right moment.     -Jean La Bruyere
  
The generous person is always just, and the just who is always generous may, unannounced, approach the throne of heaven.     -John K. Lavater
  
Generosity is not in giving me that which I need more than you do, but it is in giving me that which you need more than I do.     -Khalil Gibran
  
Children must learn early the beauty of generosity.  They are taught to give what they prize most, that they may taste the happiness of giving.     -Charles Alexander Eastman
  
Practice giving things away, not just things you don't care about, but things you do like.  Remember, it is not the size of a gift, it is its quality and the amount of mental attachment you overcome that count.  So don't bankrupt yourself on a momentary positive impulse, only to regret it later.  Give thought to giving.  Give small things, carefully, and observe the mental processes going along with the act of releasing the little thing you liked.     -Robert A.F. Thurman
  
True generosity consists precisely in fighting to destroy the causes which nourish false charity.  False charity constrains the fearful and subdued, the "rejects of life," to extend their trembling hands.  True generosity lies in striving so that these hands--whether of individuals or entire peoples--need be extended less and less in supplication, so that more and more they become human hands which work and, working, transform the world.     -Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed
  
Give yourself entirely to those around you.  Be generous with your blessings.  A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.     -Steve Maraboli
  

    

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