Giving Tuesday – Inspiring Our Generosity


Now in its fourth year, Giving Tuesday is a global day of charitable giving.

Always observed on the Tuesday following the US Thanksgiving, and just after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday brings together people who want to celebrate and encourage giving.

Today’s post, a selection of quotes on generosity, is intended to help inspire you to give more this year.

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”

– Winston S. Churchill

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

– Audrey Hepburn

“It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

– Jesus

“The practice of giving is universally recognized as one of the most basic human virtues, a quality that testifies to the depth of one’s humanity and one’s capacity for self-transcendence.”

– Bhikkhu Bodhi

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

– Mother Teresa

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

– John Bunyan

“For it is in giving that we receive.”

– St. Francis of Assisi

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

– Mahatma Gandhi

“I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is joy.”

– Kahlil Gibran

“I cannot think of a better definition of Christianity than that: give, give, give.”

– James I. McCord

“Giving material goods is one form of generosity, but one can extend an attitude of generosity into all one’s behavior. Being kind, attentive, and honest in dealing with others, offering praise where it is due, giving comfort and advice where they are needed, and simply sharing one’s time with someone – all these are forms of generosity, and they do not require any particular level of material wealth.”

– Dalai Lama

“It’s easier to take than to give. It’s nobler to give than to take. The thrill of taking lasts a day. The thrill of giving lasts a lifetime.”

– Joan F. Marques

“Money is not the only commodity that is fun to give. We can give time, we can give our expertise, we can give our love or simply give a smile. What does that cost? The point is, none of us can ever run out of something worthwhile to give.”

– Steve Goodier

“Do you not know that God entrusted you with that money (all above what buys necessities for your families) to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to help the stranger, the widow, the fatherless; and, indeed, as far as it will go, to relieve the wants of all mankind?”

– John Wesley

“Life’s most urgent questions is: What are you doing for others?”

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.”

– Edmund Burke

Do you have any favorite quotes about generosity you’d like to share?

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