170 Generosity Quotes to Inspire Selflessness & Love

Shake up your beliefs and start your journey toward compassion and selflessness through this list of the top generosity quotes.

To be generous is to share your blessings with someone. Generous individuals give selflessly without expecting anything in return. By having this quality, you’ll see how much goodness there is in the world.

We’re sure these quotes will help you start your journey to cultivating a more giving and loving heart. If you want to know more about this value, read through the entire list below!

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1. “It takes generosity to discover the whole through others. If you realize you are only a violin, you can open yourself up to the world by playing your role in the concert.” – Jacques Yves Cousteau

2. “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” – John Bunyan

3. “Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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

5. “For it is in giving that we receive.” – St. Francis of Assisi

6. “It is the heart that does the giving. The fingers only let go.” – Nigerian Proverb

7. “That’s what I consider true generosity. You give your all, and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing.” – Simone de Beauvoir

8. “Happiness is not made by what we own. It is what we share.” – Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

9. “You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” – Kahlil Gibran

10. “Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out.” – Frank A. Clark

11. “Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.” – Kahlil Gibran

12. “The most truly generous persons are those who give silently without hope of praise or reward.” – Carol Ryrie Brink 

13. “In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

14. “He who gives what he would as readily throw away, gives without generosity. For the essence of generosity is in self-sacrifice.” – Henry Taylor

Famous Generosity Quotes

15. “With gentleness, overcome anger. With generosity, overcome meanness. With truth. overcome delusion.” – Buddha

16. “Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.

17. “Give a bowl of rice to a man and you will feed him for a day. Teach him how to grow his own rice and you will save his life.” – Confucius

18. “You do not have to be rich to be generous.” – Anonymous

19. “Gentleness, self-sacrifice, and generosity are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion.” – Mahatma Gandhi

20. “Being generous of spirit is a wonderful way to live.” – Pete Seeger

21. “Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.” – Simone Weil

22. “Make generosity part of your growth strategy.” – Danielle LaPorte

23. “You often say, ‘I would give, but only to the deserving.’ The trees in your orchard say not so, nor the flocks in your pasture. They give that they may live, for to withhold is to perish.” – Kahlil Gibran

24. “I gave you all my secrets and you lost them all. You lost a lot of things. But the treasure of it was in the giving, not the keeping.” – Julio-Alexi Genao

25. “A generous person will prosper.” – Proverbs, 11:25

26. “Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can, at all the times you can. To all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” – John Wesley

27. “The heart that gives, gathers.” – Tao Te Ching

28. “Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly, leave the rest to God.” – Ronald Reagan

29. “You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

Quotes to Push You Toward Generosity

30. “Give, but give until it hurts.” – Mother Teresa

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

32. “If you want to call attention to your good deed then it isn’t a good deed, it’s a self-serving one. Why? Not only have you patted yourself on the back but you’re fishing for others to do the same.” – Donna Lynn Hope

33. “I am a generous man, by nature, and far more trusting than I should be. Indeed. The real world is risky territory for people with generosity of spirit. Beware.” – Hunter S. Thompson

34. “Being generous often consists of simply extending a hand. That’s hard to do if you are grasping tightly to your righteousness, your belief system, your superiority, your assumptions about others, your definition of normal.” – Patti Digh

35. “Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.” – Albert Camus

36. “True generosity consists precisely in fighting to destroy the causes which nourish false charity.” – Paulo Freire

37. “Generosity is not in giving me that which I need more than you do, but it is in giving me that which you need more than I do.” – Kahlil Gibran

38. “The Buddha said that no true spiritual life is possible without a generous heart. Generosity allies itself with an inner feeling of abundance—the feeling that we have enough to share.” – Sharon Salzberg

39. “True generosity is an offering. Given freely and out of pure love. No strings attached. No expectations.” – Suze Orman

40. “Real generosity is anonymous to the extent that a man should be prepared even to be considered ungenerous rather than explain it to others.” – Idries Shah

41. “Generosity is an activity that loosens us up. By offering whatever we can—a dollar, a flower, a word of encouragement—we are training in letting go.” – Pema Chodron

42. “Generosity isn’t an act. It’s a way of life.” – Chip Ingram

43. “The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving.” – Albert Einstein

44. “The law of prosperity is generosity. If you want more, give more.” – Bob Proctor

Profound Quotes to Teach You the Value of Generosity

45. “Every minute of every hour of every day you are making the world just as you are making yourself, and you might as well do it with generosity and kindness and style.” – Rebecca Solnit

46. “Generosity isn’t about money, it’s about the heart.” – Anonymous

47. “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.” – Mother Teresa

48. “Your greatness is not what you have, it’s what you give.” – Alice Hocker

49. “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

50. “It wasn’t that he was especially ungenerous but that he put things off to give his generosity a longer and more significant route.” – Saul Bellow

51. “No one has ever become poor by giving.” – Anne Frank

52. “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

53. “Minds, nevertheless, are not conquered by arms, but by love and generosity.” – Baruch Spinoza

54. “Generosity could be as contagious as the zombie plague as long as enough people were willing to be carriers.” – Jonathan Maberry

55. “Every charitable act is a stepping stone toward heaven.” – Henry Ward Beecher

56. “We should give as we would receive, cheerfully, quickly, and without hesitation. For there is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

57. “Be a gift to everyone who enters your life, and to everyone whose life you enter. Be careful not to enter another’s life if you cannot be a gift.” – Neale Donald Walsch

58. “Humanity is the virtue of a woman, generosity that of a man.” – Adam Smith

59. “Unless we think of others and do something for them, we miss one of the greatest sources of happiness.” – Ray Lyman Wilbur

Generosity Quotes That Will Stick With You Forever

60. “The greatest gift you ever give is your honest self.” – Fred Rogers

61. “Always give without remembering and always receive without forgetting.” – Brian Tracy

62. “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Mahatma Gandhi

63. “To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue. These five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.” – Confucius

64. “A random act of kindness, no matter how small, can make a tremendous impact on someone else’s life.” – Roy T. Bennett

65. “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.” – Anonymous

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

67. “The wise man does not lay up his own treasures. The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.” – Lao Tzu

68. “Be practical as well as generous in your ideals. Keep your eyes on the stars, but remember to keep your feet on the ground.” – Theodore Roosevelt

69. “The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention.” – Kahlil Gibran

70. “Goodness is about character―integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people.” – Dennis Prager

71. “People who love themselves come across as very loving, generous, and kind. They express their self-confidence through humility, forgiveness, and inclusiveness.” – Sanaya Roman

72. “If we are going to be kind, let it be out of simple generosity, not because we fear guilt or retribution.” – J.M. Coetzee

73. “Among the rich you will never find a really generous man even by accident. They may give their money away, but they will never give themselves away. They are egotistic, secretive, dry as old bones. To be smart enough to get all that money you must be dull enough to want it.” – G.K. Chesterton

74. “Pride only helps us to be generous. It never makes us so, any more than vanity makes us witty.” – George Eliot

Powerful Generosity Quotes That’ll Change Your Worldview

75. “Let us try to teach generosity and altruism because we are born selfish.” – Richard Dawkins

76. “Practice giving things away, not just things you don’t care about, but things you do like. Remember, it is not the size of a gift, it is its quality and the amount of mental attachment you overcome that count.” – Huston Smith

77. “Money is but one venue for generosity. Kindness is an even more valuable currency.” – Alan Cohen

78. “It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved.” – Mother Teresa

79. “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” – Leo Buscaglia

80. “While we do our good works let us not forget that the real solution lies in a world in which charity will have become unnecessary.” – Chinua Achebe

81. “Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.” – Mother Teresa

82. “Where grace happens, generosity happens.” – Max Lucado

83. “It is rare indeed that people give. Most people guard and keep. They suppose that it is they themselves and what they identify with themselves that they are guarding and keeping, whereas what they are actually guarding and keeping is their system of reality and what they assume themselves to be.” – James Baldwin

84. “Charity begins at home but should not end there.” – Francis Bacon

85. “When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?” – Eleanor Roosevelt

86. “Be a little kinder than you have to.” – E. Lockhart

87. “Helping out people in difficulty can be a noble cause. Some will always bear in mind your generosity and remember you forever. Especially when they wise up they are in trouble again.” – Erik Pevernagie

88. “Sustainability, ensuring the future of life on earth, is an infinite game, the endless expression of generosity on behalf of all.” – Paul Hawken

89. “Give―the generous life.” – Anonymous

Quotes That Highlight the Good Things Generosity Brings

90. “Believe, when you are most unhappy, that there is something for you to do in the world. So long as you can sweeten another’s pain, life is not in vain.” – Helen Keller

91. “True beauty is born through our actions and aspirations and in the kindness we offer to others.” – Alek Wek

92. “What does one person give to another? He gives of himself, of the most precious he has, he gives of his life.” – Erich Fromm

93. “Kindness is not a business. True kindness expects nothing in return and should never act with conditions.” – Roy T. Bennett

94. “You make all kinds of mistakes, but as long as you are generous and true and also fierce, you cannot hurt the world or even seriously distress her.” – Winston Churchill

95. “Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” – Scott Adams

96. “You will discover that you have two hands. One is for helping yourself and the other is for helping others.” – Audrey Hepburn

97. “Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity.” – Albert Camus

98. “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.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

99. “A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things that renew humanity.” – Anonymous

100. “Lose yourself in generous service and every day can be a most unusual day, a triumphant day, an abundantly rewarding day!” – William Arthur Ward

101. “Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” – Lao Tzu

102. “I’ve been searching for ways to heal myself, and I’ve found that kindness is the best way.” – Lady Gaga

103. “We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.” – Ronald Reagan

104. “The greatest way to learn the genius of generosity is to practice it in real-time with others.” – Chip Ingram

Generosity Quotes to Transform You Into a Better Person

105. “Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.” – Henry James

106. “Some people are afraid of generosity. They feel they will be taken advantage of or oppressed. In cultivating generosity, we are only oppressing our greed and attachment. This allows our true nature to come out and become lighter and freer.” – Ajahn Chah

107. “Giving frees us from the familiar territory of our own needs by opening our mind to the unexplained worlds occupied by the needs of others.” – Barbara Bush

108. “Sometimes, we need only to look at the sunrise to see the generosity of God.” – Jocelyn Soriano

109. “Virtues, like viruses, have their seasons of contagion. When catastrophe strikes, generosity spikes like a fever.” – Nancy Gibbs

110. “Generosity takes an open heart and a love that asks for nothing in return.” – Anonymous

111. “If truth doesn’t set you free, generosity of spirit will.” – Katerina Stoykova Klemer

112. “Generosity is the flower of justice.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne

113. “True generosity is too frequently eaten up by prosperity and riches.” – Ellen G. White

114. “To serve is beautiful, but only if it is done with joy and a whole heart and a free mind.” – Pearl S. Buck

115. “Don’t wait for other people to be loving, giving, compassionate, grateful, forgiving, generous, or friendly, lead the way.” – Steve Maraboli

116. “Help others without any reason and give without the expectation of receiving anything in return.” – Roy T. Bennett

117. “Through radical generosity, we are awakening people.” – Bill Johnson

118. “Remember that there is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving. Reach out. Share. Smile. Hug. Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.” – Og Mandino

119. “When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” – Maya Angelou

Beautiful Quotes That’ll Give You a Glimpse of What Generosity Entails

120. “Listen with regard when others talk. Give your time and energy to others. Let others have their own way. Do things for reasons other than furthering your own needs.” – Larry Scherwitz

121. “With one kind gesture, you can change a life. One person at a time you can change the world. One day at a time we can change everything.” – Steve Maraboli

122. “Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.” – Proverbs, 19:17

123. “It’s important that what thoughts you are feeding into your mind because your thoughts create your belief and experiences. You have positive thoughts and you have negative ones too. Nurture your mind with positive thoughts―kindness, empathy, compassion, peace, love, joy, humility, generosity, etc. The more you feed your mind with positive thoughts, the more you can attract great things into your life.” – Roy T. Bennett

124. “The miracle is this―the more we share the more we have.” – Leonard Nimoy

125. “Conquer the angry one by not getting angry. Conquer the wicked by goodness. Conquer the stingy by generosity, and the liar by speaking the truth.” – Siddhārtha Gautama

126. “Being at the receiving end of your kindness has made me feel so humble, that I wish someday I can be at the giving end of kindness to others. Thank you for being so kind.” – Anonymous

127. “Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.” – Tony Robbins

128. “Happiness exists on earth, and it is won through prudent exercise of reason, knowledge of the harmony of the universe, and constant practice of generosity.” – Jose Marti

129. “Only by giving are you able to receive more than you already have.” – Jim Rohn

130. “Do things for people not because of who they are or what they do in return, but because of who you are.” – S. Kushner

131. “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” – Muhammad Ali

132. “No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy, the kindness, and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure.” – Emma Goldman

133. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

134. “Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime.” – Dale Carnegie

Quotes That Will Help You Understand How Generosity Is Good for the Soul

135. “Generosity and kindness always feel good to give, and it never feels good to give grief or negativity.” – Jason Becker

136. “Generosity is the best investment.” – Diane von Furstenberg

137. “I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.” – Maya Angelou

138. “Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give.” – Benjamin Carson

139. “When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.” – William Arthur Ward

140. “But remember, boy, that a kind act can sometimes be as powerful as a sword.” – Rick Riordan

141. “Our only hope lies in the power of our love, generosity, tolerance and understanding and our commitment to making the world a better place for all.” – Muhammad Ali

142. “If you haven’t got any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.” – Bob Hope

143. “The ends you serve that are selfish will take you no further than yourself but the ends you serve that are for all, in common, will take you into eternity.” – Marcus Garvey

144. “What seems to be generosity is often no more than disguised ambition, which overlooks a small interest in order to secure a great one.” – Francois de La Rochefoucauld

145. “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” – Galatians, 6:9

146. “But I give best when I give from that deeper place. When I give simply, freely, and generously, and sometimes for no particular reason. I give best when I give from my heart.” – Steve Goodier

147. “I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.” – Etienne de Grellet

148. “What’s really important is to recognize when people do great things or when people pursue an initiative or show enormous generosity or heart or bravery.” – Julie Payette

149. “For me, food is about generosity, and this should reflect on the plate as well.” – Marco Pierre White

Eye-Opening Generosity Quotes

150. “Your kindness gave me strength when I really needed it. Thank you so much for being your kind and caring self.” – Anonymous

151. “Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back.” – Luke, 6:30

152. “A beautiful meadow at springtime is what my life has become because of your kindness and generosity. Thank you!” – Anonymous

153. “Generosity is a virtue, but unlimited generosity is a fast route to bankruptcy.” – Bret Stephens

154. “Thank you for being a source of kindness. Your compassion, generosity, and strength have been such a comfort to our family.” – Anonymous

155. “When times are dark, your kindness and love are a light that guides me through. Thank you so much for your soft and devoted heart.” – Anonymous

156. “What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us. What we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.” – Albert Pike

157. “It is well with the man who deals generously and lends. Who conducts his affairs with justice.” – Psalm, 112:5

158. “Generosity is not giving me that which I need that you do, but it is giving me that which you need more that I do.” – Khalil Gibran

159. “That’s what I consider true generosity: You give your all and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing.” – Simone de Beauvoir

160. “There is no act of faith more beautiful than the generosity of the very poor.” – Abdullah

Do You Also Believe That Giving, Compassion, and Kindness Are Essential to Cultivating a Better Self?

As the saying goes, “It is better to give than to receive.” By giving what you can, you’re able to share some light and goodness in the world. In turn, you also build stronger and more substantial relationships with other people. 

There’s no other feeling that can top the fulfillment and satisfaction you give. The smiles and gratitude people give you after receiving what you shared with them will simply be irreplaceable.

But, more than being helpful to others, being generous also helps your soul tremendously. By being compassionate and kind, you’re able to develop goodness and love in your heart. So don’t just sit idly; go out and share your light and love with the world.

Is there a generous person you know and look up to? Which of these quotes are your favorites? We’d love to hear from you, so join the discussion below!