Giving Quotes, Sayings

Discover a wealth of wisdom in these inspiring giving quotes!

These sayings explore the many ways the spirit of giving can uplift our lives and guide our generosity.

From historical figures to contemporary voices, these wise expressions teach us that giving is not just about what you offer others, but also about the personal enrichment it brings.

For as St. Francis of Assisi famously said, “It is in giving that we receive.” Enjoy!

    Giving quotes

    Famous giving quotes

    1. You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving.
    Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

    2. The greatest moments in life are not concerned with selfish achievements but rather with the things we do for the people we love and esteem, and whose respect we need.
    Walt Disney

    3. No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

    4. It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.
    Mother Theresa

    5. No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.
    Charles Dickens

    6. We should give as we would receive, cheerfully, quickly and without hesitation; for there is little grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers.

    From the Bible

    7. Give, and it will be given to you.
    Romans 12:8

    8. It is more blessed to give than to receive.
    Acts 20:35

    9. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.
    Hebrews 13:2

    Short giving quotes

    10. Give, but give until it hurts.
    Mother Teresa

    11. For it is in giving that we receive.
    St. Francis of Assisi

    12. No one has ever become poor from giving.
    Anne Frank

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

    14. When one gives, two get happy.
    Amit Kalantri

    15. Generosity is the best investment.
    Diane Von Furstenberg

    16. Giving is not an act of depletion, it’s an act of repletion.
    Pete Kelly

    Giving quotes for kids

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

    18. We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.
    Winston Churchill

    19. The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.
    Mahatma Ghandi

    20. As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way.
    Mary Anne Radmacher

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

    For students

    22. When you learn, teach. When you get, give.
    Maya Angelou

    23. The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
    Mahatma Gandhi

    Inspirational giving quotes

    24. 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

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

    26. The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.
    Pablo Picasso

    27. To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    28. 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.

    For appreciation / thanks

    29. Always give without remembering and always receive without forgetting.
    Brian Tracy

    Giving quotes and sayings from famous people

    Generosity sayings

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

    31. He who wishes to secure the good of others has already secured his own.

    32. If you have much, give of your wealth; if you have little, give of your heart.
    Arab proverb

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

    About gifts

    34. Presents are made for the pleasure of who gives them, not the merits of who receives them.
    Carlos Ruiz Zafón

    35. The best thing to do with the best things in life is to give them away.
    Dorothy Day

    36. I know what I have given you…
    I do not know what you have received.
    Antonio Porchia

    37. A friend is a gift you give yourself.
    Robert Louis Stevenson

    About giving back

    38. 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

    39. Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.
    Booker T. Washington

    40. One must be poor to know the luxury of giving.
    George Eliot

    41. If you’re in the luckiest one percent of humanity, you owe it to the rest of humanity to think about the other 99 percent.
    Warren Buffett

    About charity

    42. Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.
    St. Francis of Assisi

    43. While we do our good works let us not forget that the real solution lies in a world in which charity will have become unnecessary.
    Chinua Achebe

    44. Behold I do not give lectures or a little charity, when I give I give myself.
    Walt Whitman

    45. You can’t have a perfect day without doing something for someone who’ll never be able to repay you.
    John Wooden

    About volunteering

    46. Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.
    Mohammed Ali

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

    48. Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world: indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
    Margaret Mead

    Giving quotes about love

    49. Love only grows by sharing. You can only have more for yourself by giving it away to others.
    Brian Tracy

    50. Love cannot remain by itself — it has no meaning. Love has to be put into action and that action is service.
    Mother Teresa

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

    About caring

    52. A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.
    Steve Maraboli

    53. Always have a willing hand to help someone, you might be the only one that does.
    Roy T. Bennett

    54. There is no better exercise for your heart than reaching down and helping to lift someone up.
    Bernard Meltzer

    55. Learn to light a candle in the darkest moments of someone’s life. Be the light that helps others see; it is what gives life its deepest significance.
    Roy T. Bennett

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

    57. 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

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    By Greg Johnson | Published 2/27/2024