It is more blessed to give than to receive.
Do not give, as many rich men do, like a hen that lays her egg and then cackles.
HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit
The good receiv'd, the giver is forgot.
WILLIAM CONGREVE, epistle to Lord Halifax
- He that distributeth not
- That which he hath received--
- His food, his drink, his sustenance--
- Unto devotee, brahman, beggar, wayfarer--
- Such a low man as he, they say, is like
- Unto a lack of rain.
GAUTAMA BUDDHA, Iti-Vuttaka
The decay of giving is today matched by a hardness towards receiving.
THEODOR W. ADORNO, Minima Moralia
From what we get, we can make a living. What we give, however, makes a life.
ARTHUR ASHE, attributed, Arthur Ashe: Tennis Great & Civil Rights Leader
Who gives is positive; who receives is negative; still there remains an immense class of mere passives.
JOHANN KASPAR LAVATER, Aphorisms on Man
Not what we give, but what we share,
For the gift without the giver is bare.
JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL, "The Vision of Sir Launfal"
When a person gives, he loves the object of his giving more -- and so love is planted and grows.
DAVID J. LIEBERMAN, Executive Power
How can that gift leave a trace, which has left no void?
MADAME SWETCHINE, "Airelles," The Writings of Madame Swetchine