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It needs as much generosity to take as to give.

IVAN PANIN, Thoughts

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, Thoughts

We'd all like a reputation for generosity, and we'd all like to buy it cheap.

MIGNON MCLAUGHLIN, The Neurotic's Notebook

One great reason why men practice generosity so little in the world, is, their finding so little there: generosity is catching; and if so many men escape it, it is in a great degree from the same reason that country-men escape the smallpox, because they meet no one to give it to them.

FULKE GREVILLE, Maxims, Characters and Reflections

Generosity wins favour for every one, especially when it is accompanied by modesty.

JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE, The Maxims and Reflections of Goethe

Who would not rather be Generosity, scattering flowers of happiness among men, than be a penurious, stingy skeleton hugging his bags of gold?

NICIAS BALLARD COOKSEY, Helps to Happiness

How seldom is generosity perfect and pure! How often do men give because it throws a certain inferiority on those who receive, and superiority on themselves!

FULKE GREVILLE, Maxims, Characters, and Reflections

What seems like generosity is often but a disguised ambition, which overlooks little interests, in order to gratify great ones.

FRANÇOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD, Moral Maxims

Some people think that generosity leads to the poorhouse, but that is a mistake. It leads to prosperity and happiness. True, it may, to some degree, diminish our fortunes, but in return it gives us a satisfaction and happiness that fortunes could not give.

NICIAS BALLARD COOKSEY, Helps to Happiness


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