Here it is. 

The list of world-renown leaders, motivational speakers, authors, coaches, an actual saint … and, of course, a couple Chinese proverbs. 

Each with their own take on what it means to be generous. 

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Chinese Proverb on Always Having

“If you always give, you will always have.”

Mother Teresa on Kindness

“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.”

Ghandi on True Generosity

“Generosity consists not the sum given, but the manner in which it is bestowed.”

David Jeremiah on Generous People

“People who are generous are constantly giving things away: courage, money, introductions – whatever is needed. Look around today and see what you have in abundance that others might be lacking.”

Jim Rohn on How To Receive More

“Only by giving are you able to receive more than you already have.”

Margaret Cho on Changing Lives Forever

“Sometimes when we are generous in small, barely detectable ways it can change someone else’s life forever.”

Scott Harrison, charity: water on What Should Be Cool

“It should be cool to give. It should be cool to be generous. It should be cool to say yes to helping out.”

Winston Churchill on Making a Life

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

Mother Teresa On Love

“It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Life’s Most Urgent Question

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

William Shakespear on The Meaning of Life

“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”

Proverbs on Wealth And Prosperity

“Give freely and become more wealthy; be stingy and lose everything. The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.”

Danielle LaPorte on Growth Strategy

“Make generosity part of your growth strategy.”

Steve Maraboli on Leading The Way

“Don’t wait for other people to be loving, giving, generous, or friendly…lead the way!”

Dave Ramsey on Joy

“Giving to those in need will bring more joy than money could ever buy.”

Bob Kerrey on Human Change

“Unexpected kindness in the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change.”

Zig Ziglar on Smiling

“If you see a person without a smile, give them one of yours.”

Anne Frank on Giving

“No one has ever become poor by giving.”

Dali Lama on Generosity

“Generosity is the most natural outward expression of an inner attitude of compassion and loving-kindness.”

John Andrew Holmes, Jr. on Lifting People Up

“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”

Chinese Proverb on Having a Big Heart

“He who is narrow of vision cannot be big of heart.”

Your Favorite Thought On Generosity?

Now it’s your turn. Which quote stuck out to you? Do you have a different quote on generosity? We’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below with your thoughts.

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