It’s easy to get stuck in thinking about what you can get.
And to put less focus on what you can give (even though studies have shown that the joy of giving lasts the longest).
So this week I’d like to share the top giving quotes of all time.
In this post you’ll learn:
- Why it's absolutely essential for success (both for you and others) to be focusing on giving before focusing on what you may yourself receive.
- What the most important thing that you can give is (it’s not money).
- How giving back helps us all to rise up.
Now, let’s get started.
Inspirational and Thought-Provoking Quotes About Giving
“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.”
“No one has ever become poor by giving.”
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
“Presents are made for the pleasure of who gives them, not the merits of who receives them.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón
“The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving.”
“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”
“You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.”
“Whatever you think people are withholding from you–praise, appreciation, assistance, loving care, and so on–give it to them.”
“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Money is like manure; it's not worth a thing unless it's spread around encouraging young things to grow.”
“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.”
H. Jackson Brown Jr.
“It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”
“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands — one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.”
“You get the best out of others when you give the best of yourself.”
“Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.”
Booker T. Washington
“Giving is better than receiving because giving starts the receiving process.”
“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.”
“There's no bad consequence to loving fully, with all your heart. You always gain by giving love.”
“There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.”
“The human contribution is the essential ingredient. It is only in the giving of oneself to others that we truly live.”
Ethyl Percy Andrus
“The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.”
“If nature has made you for a giver, your hands are born open, and so is your heart; and though there may be times when your hands are empty, your heart is always full, and you can give things out of that—warm things, kind things, sweet things—help and comfort and laughter—and sometimes gay, kind laughter is the best help of all.”
Frances Hodgson Burnett
“You cannot receive what you don't give. Outflow determines inflow.”
“The best thing to do with the best things in life is to give them away.”
“To give your best is to receive the best.”
“The most truly generous persons are those who give silently without hope of praise or reward.”
Carol Ryrie Brink
“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”
“Love grows by giving. The love we give away is the only love we keep. The only way to retain love is to give it away.”
“Don’t expect to receive if you’re not willing to give.”
“The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but reveal to them their own.”
“Your days are numbered. Use them to throw open the windows of your soul to the sun. If you do not, the sun will soon set, and you with it.”
You may also want to have a look at this post with quotes about inner peace.
Quotes About Giving Back
“It is every man’s obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it.”
“At the end of the day it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished… it’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.”
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
“If you have much, give of your wealth; If you have little, give of your heart”
“Only by giving are you able to receive more than you already have.”
“We must give more in order to get more. It is the generous giving of ourselves that produces the generous harvest.”
Orison Swett Marden
“Love only grows by sharing. You can only have more for yourself by giving it away to others.”
“When you learn, teach. When you get, give.”
“What does one person give to another? He gives of himself, of the most precious he has, he gives of his life. This does not necessarily mean that he sacrifices his life for the other—but that he gives him of that which is alive in him; he gives him of his joy, of his interest, of his understanding, of his knowledge, of his humor, of his sadness—of all expressions and manifestations of that which is alive in him.
In thus giving of his life, he enriches the other person, he enhances the other's sense of aliveness by enhancing his own sense of aliveness. He does not give in order to receive; giving is in itself exquisite joy.
But in giving he cannot help bringing something to life in the other person, and this which is brought to life reflects back to him.”
“You cannot hold on to anything good. You must be continually giving – and getting. You cannot hold on to your seed. You must sow it – and reap anew. You cannot hold on to riches. You must use them and get other riches in return.”
“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.”
“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.”
“Think of giving not as a duty but as a privilege.”
John D. Rockefeller Jr.
“I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.”
“To do more for the world than the world does for you – that is success.”
“I don't think you ever stop giving. I really don't. I think it's an on-going process. And it's not just about being able to write a check. It's being able to touch somebody's life.”
“Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.”
“Giving is not just about making a donation. It is about making a difference.”
“You may not have saved a lot of money in your life, but if you have saved a lot of heartaches for other folks, you are a pretty rich man.”
“For it is in giving that we receive.”
St. Francis of Assisi
“There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life — happiness, freedom, and peace of mind — are always attained by giving them to someone else.”
Peyton Conway March
“Your own self-realization is the greatest service you can render the world.”
“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.”
“We rise by lifting others.”
“He who serves the most, reaps the most.”