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180 Inspiring Generosity Quotes About Kindness And Love

180 Generosity Quotes

“Virtues, like viruses, have their seasons of contagion. When catastrophe strikes, generosity spikes like a fever.” – Nancy Gibbs

“You make all kinds of mistakes, but as long as you are generous and true and also fierce, you cannot hurt the world or even seriously distress her.” – Winston S. Churchill

“Money is but one venue for generosity. Kindness is an even more valuable currency.” – Alan Cohen

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“You will discover that you have two hands. One is for helping yourself and the other is for helping others.” – Audrey Hepburn

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop

“Being at the receiving end of your kindness has made me feel so humble, that I wish someday I can be at the giving end of kindness to others. Thank you for being so kind.”

“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.” – Maya Angelou

“Kindness is like snow- It beautifies everything it covers.” – Kahlil Gibran

“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr

“Generosity is not giving me that which I need that you do, but it is giving me that which you need more that I do.” – Kahlil Gibran

“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” – Kahlil Gibran

“Be kind to unkind people. They need it the most.” – Ashleigh Brilliant

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention.” – Kahlil Gibran

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

“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.” – Amelia Earhart

“Listen with regard when others talk. Give your time and energy to others; let others have their own way; do things for reasons other than furthering your own needs.” – Larry Scherwitz

“When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.” – William Arthur Ward

“Thank you for being a source of kindness. Your compassion, generosity, and strength have been such a comfort to our family.”

“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” – Scott Adams

“No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.” – Calvin Coolidge

“Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give.” – Benjamin Carson

“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

“Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good.” – Minor Myers

“For your thoughtfulness and generosity, from you I have learned much of life’s philosophy — Thank you sincerely.”

“Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty.” – Anne Herbert

“Kindness makes you the most beautiful person in the world, no matter what you look like.” – Anonymous

“Goodness is about character, integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people.” – Dennis Prager

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” – Galatians 6:9

“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

“Life becomes easier and more beautiful when we can see the good in other people.” – Roy T. Bennett

“Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“True generosity is an offering; given freely and out of pure love. No strings attached. No expectations. Time and love are the most valuable possession you can share.” – Suze Orman

“No one has ever become poor by giving.” – Anne Frank

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.” – Muhammad Ali

“Some people are afraid of generosity. They feel they will be taken advantage of or oppressed. In cultivating generosity, we are only oppressing our greed and attachment. This allows our true nature to come out and become lighter and freer.” – Ajahn Chah

“If you haven’t got any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.” – Bob Hope

“It is not genius, nor glory, nor love that reflects the greatness of the human soul; it is kindness.” – Jean-Baptiste Henri Lacordaire

“Generosity isn’t an act. It’s a way of life.” – Chip Ingram

“I’ve been searching for ways to heal myself, and I’ve found that kindness is the best way.” – Lady Gaga

“The ends you serve that are selfish will take you no further than yourself but the ends you serve that are for all, in common, will take you into eternity.” – Marcus Garvey

“When times are dark, your kindness and love are a light that guides me through. Thank you so much for your soft and devoted heart.”

“Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.” – Proverbs 19:17

“Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly, leave the rest to God.” – Ronald Reagan

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” – Audrey Hepburn

“I gave you all my secrets and you lost them all. You lost a lot of things. But the treasure of it was in the giving, not the keeping.” – Julio-Alexi Genao

“It is the heart that does the giving; the fingers only let go.” – Nigerian proverb

“It’s not our job to play judge and jury, to determine who is worthy of our kindness and who is not. We just need to be kind, unconditionally and without ulterior motive, even – or rather, especially – when we’d prefer not to be.” – Josh Radnor

“Remember that there is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving. Reach out. Share. Smile. Hug. Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.” – Og Mandino

“It could be said that while the accumulation of personal wealth is a desirable social norm in mainstream American culture, just the opposite is true in American Indian cultures. . . . At its best, a potlatch was a way to redistribute material wealth rather than leaving it in the hands of a few.” – Joseph Bruchac in Our Stories Remember

“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” – Mark Twain

“With gentleness, overcome anger. With generosity, overcome meanness. With truth. overcome delusion.” – The Buddha, Verse 223, The Dhammapada

“A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.” – Saint Basil

“Help others without any reason and give without the expectation of receiving anything in return.” – Roy T. Bennett

“Your greatness is not what you have, it’s what you give.” – Alice Hocker

“If we are going to be kind, let it be out of simple generosity, not because we fear guilt or retribution.” – J.M. Coetzee

“Be a warrior when it comes to delivering on your ambitions. And a saint when it comes to treating people with respect, modeling generosity, and showing up with outright love.” – Robin S. Sharma

“A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money.” – John Ruskin

“Because that’s what kindness is. It’s not doing something for someone else because they can’t, but because you can.” – Andrew Iskander

“And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.” – Luke 6:31

“Kindness begins with the understanding that we all struggle.” – Charles Glassman

“But I give best when I give from that deeper place; when I give simply, freely and generously, and sometimes for no particular reason. I give best when I give from my heart.” – Steve Goodier

“From the heart, it has come, to the heart, it shall go.” – Beethoven’s inscription on his Mass

“When you become detached mentally from yourself and concentrate on helping other people with their difficulties, you will be able to cope with your own more effectively. Somehow, the act of self-giving is a personal power-releasing factor.” – Norman Vincent Peale

“If you want to call attention to your good deed then it isn’t a good deed, it’s a self-serving one. Why? Not only have you patted yourself on the back but you’re fishing for others to do the same.” – Donna Lynn Hope

“Your greatness is measured by your kindness.” – William J. H. Boetcker

“Don’t wait for other people to be loving, giving, compassionate, grateful, forgiving, generous, or friendly, lead the way.” – Steve Maraboli

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” – Jane Goodall

“In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

“Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

“You do not have to be rich to be generous.” – Multiple sources

“Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.” – Simone Weil

“The law of prosperity is generosity. If you want more, give more.” – Bob Proctor

“Always give without remembering and always receive without forgetting.” – Brian Tracy

“We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.” – Ronald Reagan

“He who gives what he would as readily throw away, gives without generosity; for the essence of generosity is in self-sacrifice.” – Henry Taylor

“The miracle is this: the more we share the more we have.” – Leonard Nimoy

“Kindness like yours can move mountains. Thank you for your supportive and loving heart.”

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” – Colossians 3:12

“The only gift is a portion of thyself.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“A generous person will prosper.” – Proverbs 11:25

“Just imagine how different the world could be if we all spoke to everyone with respect and kindness.” – Holly Branson

“Gentleness, self-sacrifice, and generosity are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Leave the world a better place that when you entered it.” – Multiple sources

“Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“Kindness is a passport that opens doors and fashions friends. It softens hearts and molds relationships that can last lifetimes.” – Joseph B. Wirthlin

“You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

“Thank you for your kindness, generosity, and compassion when I wasn’t at my best.”

“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” – Steve Maraboli

“Believe, when you are most unhappy, that there is something for you to do in the world. So long as you can sweeten another’s pain, life is not in vain.” – Helen Keller

“Be a little kinder than you have to.” – E. Lockhart

“To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue; these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.” – Confucius

“Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back.” – Luke 6:30

“Lose yourself in generous service and every day can be a most unusual day, a triumphant day, an abundantly rewarding day!” – William Arthur Ward

“Thank you for being so kind, so patient, and so generous. You are a true friend and such a rare and beautiful soul.”

“Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.” – Og Mandino

“I’ve been so bothered with my property, that I’m tired of it, and don’t mean to save up any more, but give it away as I go along, and then nobody will envy me, or want to steal it, and I shan’t be suspecting folks and worrying about my old cash.” – Louisa May Alcott

“The greatest gift you ever give is your honest self.” – Fred Rogers

“Kindness is not a business. True kindness expects nothing in return and should never act with conditions.” – Roy T. Bennett

“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” – John Holmes

“Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” – Dalai Lama

“Generosity is an activity that loosens us up. By offering whatever we can – a dollar, a flower, a word of encouragement – we are training in letting go.” – Pema Chodron

“God has given us two hands, one to receive with and the other to give with.” – Billy Graham

“It is well with the man who deals generously and lends; who conducts his affairs with justice.” – Psalms 112:5

“Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.” – Kahlil Gibran

“Your kindness gave me strength when I really needed it. Thank you so much for being your kind and caring self.”

“Happiness is not made by what we own. It is what we share.” – Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

“I am a generous man, by nature, and far more trusting than I should be. Indeed. The real world is risky territory for people with generosity of spirit. Beware.” – Hunter S. Thompson

“Ah! What pleasure it must be to a woman to suffer for the one she loves!” – Honoré de Balzac

“Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime.” – Dale Carnegie

“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.” – Albert Pike

“There is overwhelming evidence that the higher the level of self-esteem, the more likely one will be to treat others with respect, kindness, and generosity.” – Nathaniel Branden

“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

“Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.” – Tony Robbins

“That’s what I consider true generosity: You give your all, and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing.” – Simone de Beauvoir

“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” – John Bunyan

“The Buddha said that no true spiritual life is possible without a generous heart. Generosity allies itself with an inner feeling of abundance—the feeling that we have enough to share.”

“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“True generosity is too frequently eaten up by prosperity and riches.” – Ellen G. White

“I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.” – William Penn

“Sustainability, ensuring the future of life on Earth, is an infinite game, the endless expression of generosity on behalf of all.” – Paul Hawken

“Let us try to teach generosity and altruism, because we are born selfish.” – Richard Dawkins

“Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving.” – Albert Einstein

“Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness.” – R.J. Palacio

“Every minute of every hour of every day you are making the world just as you are making yourself, and you might as well do it with generosity and kindness and style.” – Rebecca Solnit

“Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change.” – Bob Kerrey

“Unless we think of others and do something for them, we miss one of the greatest sources of happiness.” – Ray Lyman Wilbur

“Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.” – Proverbs 12:25

“Kindness may be blind but it is the most eye-opening feeling one can get. Thanks for being kind.”

“Generosity could be as contagious as the zombie plague as long as enough people were willing to be carriers.” – Jonathan Maberry

“Real generosity is anonymous to the extent that a man should be prepared even to be considered ungenerous rather than explain it to others.” – Idries Shah

“If truth doesn’t set you free, generosity of spirit will.” – Katerina Stoykova Klemer

“Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.” – Albert Camus

“Through radical generosity we are awakening people.” – Bill Johnson

“But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.” – Luke 6:27

“Being generous often consists of simply extending a hand. That’s hard to do if you are grasping tightly to your righteousness, your belief system, your superiority, your assumptions about others, your definition of normal.” – Patti Digh

“I’ve been searching for ways to heal myself, and I’ve found that kindness is the best way.” – Lady Gaga

“When you are kind to others, it not only changes you, it changes the world.” – Harold Kushner

“Give a bowl of rice to a man and you will feed him for a day. Teach him how to grow his own rice and you will save his life.” – Confucius

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” – Plato

“When you win and the other fellow loses, what do you see? A losing face. There is great joy in losing and making the other person win and have a happy face. Who will be the happiest person? The one who brings happiness to others.” – Swami Satchidananda

“But remember, boy, that a kind act can sometimes be as powerful as a sword.” – Rick Riordan

“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

“A beautiful meadow at spring time, is what my life has become because of your kindness and generosity. Thank you!”

“Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution.” – Kahlil Gibran

“For it is in giving that we receive.” – Francis of Assisi

“Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.” – Barbara De Angelis

“To serve is beautiful, but only if it is done with joy and a whole heart and a free mind.” – Pearl S. Buck

“A random act of kindness, no matter how small, can make a tremendous impact on someone else’s life.” – Roy T. Bennett

“All I’m saying is, kindness don’t have no boundaries.” – Kathryn Stockett

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” – Ephesians4:32

“Do things for people not because of who they are or what they do in return, but because of who you are.” – S. Kushner

“Sometimes when we are generous in small, barely detectable ways it can change someone else’s life forever.” – Margaret Cho

“Silence the angry man with love. Silence the ill-natured man with kindness. Silence the miser with generosity. Silence the liar with truth.” – Gautama Buddha

“You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Together we can change the world, just one random act of kindness at a time.” – Ron Hall

“I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.” – Etienne de Grellet

“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” – Lao Tzu

“Kindness is the sunshine in which virtue grows.” – Robert Green Ingersoll

“Our only hope lies in the power of our love, generosity, tolerance and understanding and our commitment to making the world a better place for all.” – Muhammad Ali

“Generosity is the best investment.” – Diane Con Furstenberg

“Humanity is the virtue of a woman, generosity that of a man.” – Adam Smith

“With one kind gesture you can change a life. One person at a time you can change the world. One day at a time we can change everything.” – Steve Maraboli

“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” – Princess Diana

“You often say, ‘I would give, but only to the deserving.’ The trees in your orchard say not so, nor the flocks in your pasture. They give that they may live, for to withhold is to perish.” – Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

“Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.” – Henry James

“Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.” – Albert Schweitzer

“Minds, nevertheless, are not conquered by arms, but by love and generosity.” – Baruch Spinoza

“The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

“The most truly generous persons are those who give silently without hope of praise or reward.” – Carol Ryrie Brink

“Being generous of spirit is a wonderful way to live.” – Pete Seeger

“Only by giving are you able to receive more than you already have.” – Jim Rohn

“Generosity takes an open heart and a love that asks for nothing in return.” – Anonymous

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.” – Mother Teresa

“Be the change you wish you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.” – Mother Teresa

“Make generosity part of your growth strategy.” – Danielle LaPorte

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

“True beauty is born through our actions and aspirations and in the kindness we offer to others.” – Alek Wek

“It takes generosity to discover the whole through others. If you realize you are only a violin, you can open yourself up to the world by playing your role in the concert.” – Jacques Yves Cousteau

“Think of giving not as a duty but as a privilege.” – John D. Rockefeller Jr.

“Pride only helps us to be generous; it never makes us so, any more than vanity makes us witty.” – George Eliot

“True generosity consists precisely in fighting to destroy the causes which nourish false charity.” – Paulo Freire

“Kindness is always fashionable, and always welcome.” – Amelia Barr

“Sometimes it takes only one act of kindness and caring to change a person’s life.” – Jackie Chan

“Generosity is the most natural outward expression of an inner attitude of compassion and loving-kindness.” – The Dalai Lama XIV

Originally published October 8, 2021, updated October 8, 2021

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