An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





You only get to keep what you give away.


Sheldon Kopp (1929-, American psychologist)


Whatever ye put out at usury to increase it with the substance of others shall have no increase from God; but whatever ye shall give in alms, as seeking the face of God, shall be doubled to you.


The Koran (c. 500 AD, Islamic Religious Bible)


Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours.


C. S. Lewis (1898-1963, British academic, writer, Christian apologist)


Do your giving while you're living, then you'll be knowing where it's going.


Ann Landers (1918-, American advice columnist)


He who obtains has little. He who scatters has much.


Lao-Tzu (BC 600-?, Chinese philosopher, founder of Taoism)


If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence.


Lao-Tzu (BC 600-?, Chinese philosopher, founder of Taoism)


The will and not the gift makes the giver.


Doris Lasing


The will and not the gift makes the giver.


Doris Lasing


Give of the three things you have: time, talent, treasure.


Douglas M. Lawson


Giving is the investment in living that pays the dividends we need: health and happiness.


Douglas M. Lawson


Giving is the secret to living fully while you are still alive.


Douglas M. Lawson


To live joyfully, one must give spontaneously and freely.


Douglas M. Lawson


Walk in the shoes of a giver and you will find the pathway to joyful living.


Douglas M. Lawson


We exist temporarily through what we take, but we live forever through what we give.


Douglas M. Lawson


We receive from life what we give to it, and what we give to life we never lose.


Douglas M. Lawson


When we give of what we have, we are ready to receive what we really need.


Douglas M. Lawson


Before he left, Aunt William pressed a sovereign into his hand guiltily, as if it were conscience money. He, on his side, took it as though it were a doctor's fee, and both ignored the transaction.


Ada Leverson


I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare.


C. S. Lewis (1898-1963, British academic, writer, Christian apologist)


Purposeful giving is not as apt to deplete one's resources; it belongs to that natural order of giving that seems to renew itself even in the act of depletion.


Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906-2001, American author)


To give without any reward, or any notice, has a special quality of its own.


Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906-2001, American author)


God let it be known that it is better to give than to receive, but a lot of people failed to get the message.


Edmund W Littlefield


There is only one way to succeed in anything and that is to give everything. I do and I demand that my players do. Any man's finest hour is when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle...victorious.


Vince Lombardi (1913-1970, American football coach)


It is the nature of men to be as much bound by the benefits that they confer as by those they receive.


Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527, Italian author, statesman)


All that this world knows of living lies in giving -- and more giving; He that keeps, be sure he loses -- Friendship grows by what it uses.


Alexander Maclaren (1826-1910, British preacher)


A handful of pine-seed will cover mountains with the green majesty of forests. I too will set my face to the wind and throw my handful of seed on high.


Fiona Macleod


It is like the seed put in the soil -- the more one sows, the greater the harvest.


Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)


The best thing about giving of ourselves is that what we get is always better than what we give. The reaction is greater than the action.


Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)


We must give more in order to get more, It is the generous giving of ourselves that produce the generous harvest.


Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)


What you give away is the only wealth you will always have.


Marcus Valerius Martial (40-104, Latin poet and epigrammatist)


To give to the poor is to share one's self; to give to the rich is to share one's ego.


Pedrito U. Maynard-Reid


For too many giving is occasional, spasmodic, ill-proportioned. It depends on what is left over when other things have had their full share. Sometimes what it means is that only the small change lying in their pockets goes to the support of good and worthy causes.


Robert J. McCracken


In Giving, a man receives more than he gives; and the more is in proportion to the worth of the thing given.


George McDonald


Compromise, if not the spice of life, is its solidity.


Phyllis McGinley (1905-1978, American poet, author)


Personally choosing to have time over having money makes giving more enjoyable.


William C. McGinly


The gifts that one receives for giving are so immeasurable that it is almost an injustice to accept them.


Rod McKeun


The only alternative to war is peace and the only road to peace is negotiations.


Golda Meir (1898-1978, Israeli Prime Minister, 1969-74)


Blessed are those who give without remembering. And blessed are those who take without forgetting.


Bernard Meltzer (1914-, American law professor)


We must not only give what we have; we must also give what we are.


Desiree Joseph Mercier


The man who gives an adequate gift to a well-equipped American college is more sure of an earthly immortality than any other private citizen.


James A. Michener (1907-1997, American  writer)


It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.


Mother Teresa (1910-1997, Albanian-born Roman Catholic missionary)


Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough; money can be got; but they need your hearts to love them.


Mother Teresa (1910-1997, Albanian-born Roman Catholic missionary)


The more you have, the more you are occupied, the less you give.  But the less you have, the more free you are.


Mother Teresa (1910-1997, Albanian-born Roman Catholic missionary)


When people grow gradually rich their requirements and standard of living expand in proportion, while their present-giving instincts often remain in the undeveloped condition of their earlier days. Something showy and not-too-expensive in a shop is their only conception of the ideal gift.


Hector Hugh Munro (1870-1916, British novelist, writer)


What you keep to yourself you lose, what you give away, you keep forever.


Axel Munthe


Any person who contributes to prosperity must prosper in turn.


Earl Nightingale (1921-1989, American radio announcer, author, motivator, speaker)


All that is not given is lost.


Indian Proverb (Sayings of Indian origin)


The Lord loveth a cheerful giver, and I can't stand any other kind.


Edwin Clarence Norton


Plant a kernel of wheat and you reap a pint; plant a pint and you reap a bushel. Always the law works to give you back more than you give.


Anthony Norvell


People want their lives to have made a difference. Philanthropic giving is a means to that end.


Beree Parris Nudd


Giving calls for genius.


Ovid (BC 43-18 AD, Roman poet)


What we are doing is satisfying the American public. That's our job. I always say we have to give most of the people what they want most of the time. That's what they expect from us.


William Paley (American businessman, chairman of CBS)


Why is it no one ever sent me yet one perfect limousine, do you suppose? Ah no, it's always just my luck to get one perfect rose.


Dorothy Parker (1893-1967, American humorous writer)


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.


Seth Parker


We should never lose sight of the very close link between individual giving and the formation of philanthropic traditions.


Robert L. Payton


How can we expect our children to know and experience the joy of giving unless we teach them that the greater pleasure in life lies in the art of giving rather than receiving.


J. C. (James Cash) Penney (1875-1971, American retailer, philanthropist, founder JC Penny's)


Almsgiving leaves a man just where he was before. Aid restores him to society as an individual worthy of all respect and not as a man with a grievance.


Eva Peron


Give a lot, expect a lot, and if you don't get it, prune.


Thomas J. Peters (1942-, American management consultant, author, lecturer)


The more I make, the more I can give away. The good Lord has been good to me, and I'm trying to return the favor.


Milton Petrie


He who is not liberal with what he has, does not but deceive himself when he thinks he would be liberal if he had more.


William S. Plumer


Try to forget yourself in the service of others. For when we think too much of ourselves and our own interests, we easily become despondent. But when we work for others, our efforts return to bless us.


Sidney Powell


Give whatever you give with pride. Gratitude for your support is not measured by the size of the gift but truly by its significance as measured by you.


Francis C. Pray


Continually give, continually gain.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


Sow much, reap much; sow little, reap little.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


The person who gives away his belongings will slowly become a beggar.


Colombian Proverb


He who gives to me teaches me to give.


Danish Proverb (Sayings of Danish origin)


When one hand washes another, both become clean.


Dutch Proverb (Sayings of Dutch origin)


Help your brother's boat across, and your own will reach the shore.


Hindu Proverb


Those who give have all things; those who withhold have nothing.


Hindu Proverb


Two thirds of help is to give courage.


Irish Proverb (Sayings of Irish origin)


Better give a penny than lend twenty.


Italian Proverb (Sayings of Italian origin)


Who gives bread to other's dogs is often barked at by her own.


Italian Proverb (Sayings of Italian origin)


Give cheerfully with one hand and you will gather well with two.


Lash Proverb


Give the grateful man more than he asks for.


Spanish Proverb (Sayings of Spanish origin)


You must give to get, You must sow the seed, before you can reap the harvest.


Scott Reed


The most enthusiastic givers in life are the real lovers of life. They experience the soul-joy that comes from responding with the heart rather than the head.


Helen Steiner Rice


Time is not measured by the years that we live, but by the deeds that we do and the joys that we give.


Helen Steiner Rice


They say, "You can't give a smile away; it always comes back." The same is true of a kind word or a conversation starter. What goes around, comes around.


Susan Roane


It is not what we get, but who we become, what we contribute, that gives meaning to our lives.


Anthony Robbins (1960-, American author, speaker, peak performance expert, coach)

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I wonder if it isn't just cowardice instead of generosity that makes us give tips.


Will Rogers (1879-1935, American humorist, actor)


Giving is better than receiving because giving starts the receiving process.


Jim Rohn (American businessman, author, speaker, philosopher)

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The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.


Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945, American President (32nd))


He who gives while he lives, gets to know where it goes.


Percy Ross (American columnist)


Giving is a privilege that fills the heart with joy.


Henry A. Rosso


People who give are rewarded, not monetarily, but because their involvement represents an expression beyond themselves.


Henry A. Rosso


To get, give.


Bob Roth


We are rich only through what we give; and poor only through what we refuse and keep.


Anne Sophie Swetchine (1782-1857, Russian author)


To give alms is nothing unless you give thought also.


John Ruskin (1819-1900, British critic, social theorist)


For true love is inexhaustible; the more you give, the more you have. And if you go to draw at the true fountainhead, the more water you draw, the more abundant is its flow.


Antoine De Saint-Exupery (1900-1944, French aviator, writer)


When you give yourself, you receive more than you give.


Antoine De Saint-Exupery (1900-1944, French aviator, writer)


Guard within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.


George Sand (1804-1876, French novelist)


Real unselfishness consists in sharing the interests of others.


George Santayana (1863-1952, American philosopher, poet)


There is only one real deprivation...and that is not to be able to give one's gifts to those one loves most.


May Sarton (1912-1995, American poet, novelist)


Giving opens the way for receiving.


Florence Scovel Shinn (1876-1953, American artist, metaphysics teacher, author)


For it is in giving that we receive.


St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226,  Italian preacher, founder of The Franciscan Orde)


The size of the gift to an institution is not important. No gift is important, no matter how large, unless it means something to the one who gives it.


Blair Schreyer


Giving of ourselves is the way we change the world at the end of our fingertips.


Richard F. Schubert


Giving never moves in a straight line -- it always moves in circles! It goes round... and round... and round.


Robert H. Schuller (1926-, American minister, author, social leader)


Help and share with others. The real test of business greatness lies in giving opportunities to others.


Charles M. Schwab (1862-1939, American industrialist, businessman)


You must give some time to your fellow man. Even if it's a little thing, do something for those who have need of help, something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it. For remember, you don't live in a world all your own. Your brothers are here, too.


Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965, German born medical missionary, theologian, musician, and philosopher)


He who gives when he is asked has waited too long.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


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