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[ Also see Charity Disinterestedness Favors Gifts Kindness Liberality Magnanimity Philanthropy Selfishness Unselfishness Welfare Well-doing ]

As a rule, only the poor are generous. Rich people can always find excellent reasons for not handing over twenty thousand francs to a relative.
      - Honore de Balzac

Let us proportion our alms to our ability, lest we provoke God to proportion His blessings to our alms.
      - William Beveridge

The more he cast away the more he had.
      - John Bunyan

Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity.
      - Albert Camus

The reputation of generosity is to be purchased pretty cheap; it does not depend so much upon a man's general expense, as it does upon his giving handsomely where it is proper to give at all. A man, for instance, who should give a servant four shillings would pass for covetous, while he who gave him a crown would be reckoned generous; so that the difference of those two opposite characters turns upon one shilling.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

Our generosity never should exceed our abilities.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

Generosity is the accompaniment of high birth; pity and gratitude are its attendants.
      - Pierre Corneille

Men of the noblest dispositions think themselves happiest when others share their happiness with them.
      - Barry Duncan

Generosity, to be perfect, should always be accompanied by dash of humor.
      - Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

It is good to be unselfish and generous; but don't carry that too far. It will not do to give yourself to be melted down for the benefit of the tallow-trade; you must know where to find yourself.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

Generosity, wrong placed, becometh a vice; a princely mind will undo a private family.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.
      - Kahlil Gibran

There is a greatness in being generous, and there is only simple justice in satisfying creditors. Generosity is the part of the soul raised above the vulgar.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

True generosity is a duty as indispensably necessary as those imposed upon us by the law. It is a rule imposed upon us by reason, which should be the sovereign law of a rational being.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

One great reason why men practice generosity so little in the world is their finding so little there. Generosity is catching; and if so many men escape it, it is in a great degree from the same reason the countrymen escape the smallpox,--because they meet no one to give it to them.
      - Sir Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke, Lord Brooke

Generosity is the flower of justice.
      - Nathaniel Hawthorne

The truly generous is the truly wise;
  And he who loves not others, lives unblest.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

They that do an act that does deserve requital pay first themselves the stock of such content.
      - Sir Robert Howard

One can love any man that is generous.
      - Leigh Hunt (James Henry Leigh Hunt)

All my experience of the world teaches me that in ninety-nine cases out of a hundred the safe side and the just side of a question is the generous side and the merciful side.
      - Mrs. Anna Brownell Jameson

How much easier it is to be generous than just! Men are sometimes bountiful who are not honest.
      - Junius (pseudonym, possibly of Sir Philip Francis)

Generosity is only benevolence in practice.
      - Bishop Thomas Ken (Kenn)

To give awkwardly is churlishness. The most difficult part is to give, then why not add a smile?
      - Jean de la Bruyere

What seems generosity is often disguised ambition, that despises small to run after greater interests.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

The generous who is always just, and the just who is always generous, may, unannounced, approach the throne of heaven.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

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