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

Generosity during life is a very different thing from generosity in the hour of death; one proceeds from genuine liberality and benevolence, the other from pride or fear.
      - Horace Mann

We'd all like a reputation for generosity, and we'd all like to buy it cheap.
      - Mignon McLaughlin

A man who suddenly becomes generous may please fools, but he will not deceive the wise.
      - Phaedrus (Thrace of Macedonia)

Generosity, when once set going, knows not how to stop; as the more familiar we are with the lovely form, the more enamored we become of her charms.
      - Pliny the Younger (Caius Caecilius Secundus)

Wherever I find a great deal of gratitude in a poor man, I take it for granted there would be as much generosity if he were a rich man.
      - Alexander Pope

He that gives all, though but little, gives much; because God looks not to the quantity of the gift, but to the quality of the givers; he that desires to give more than he can hath equaled his gift to his desire, and hath given more than he hath.
      - Francis Quarles

Generosity is more charitable than wealth.
      - Joseph Roux

No one ever sowed the grain of generosity who gathered not up the harvest of the desire of his heart.
      - Moslih Eddin (Muslih-un-Din) Saadi (Sadi)

Bounty, being free itself, thinks all others so.
      - William Shakespeare

It is not enough to help the feeble up, but to support him after.
      - William Shakespeare

O the world is but a word; were it all yours to give it in a breath, how quickly were it gone!
      - William Shakespeare

To be generous, guiltless, and of a free disposition is to take those things for bird-bolts that you deem cannon-bullets.
      - William Shakespeare

O heresy in fair, fit for these days,
  A giving hand, though foul, shall have fair praise.
      - William Shakespeare, Love's Labor's Lost
         (Princess at IV, i)

Be just before you are generous.
      - Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Some are unwisely liberal, and more delight to give presents than to pay debts.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

If there be any truer measure of a man than by what he does, it must be by what he gives.
      - Bishop Robert South

There is a story of some mountains of salt in Cumana, which never diminished, though carried away in much abundance by merchants; but when once they were monopolized to the benefit of a private purse, then the salt decreased; till afterward all were allowed to take of it, when it had a new access and increase. The truth of this story may be uncertain, but the application is true; he that envies others the use of his gifts decays then, but he thrives most that is most diffusive.
      - Herbert Spencer

A friend to everybody is often a friend to nobody, or else in his simplicity he robs his family to help strangers, and becomes brother to a beggar. There is wisdom in generosity, as in everything else.
      - Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Almost always the most indigent are the most generous.
      - Leszczynski Stanislaus ("Stanislaus I")

Any one may do a casual act of good-nature; but a continuation of them shows it a part of the temperament.
      - Laurence Sterne

There were in him candor and generosity, which, unless tempered by due moderation, lead to ruin.
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus)

He who gives what he would as readily throw away gives without generosity; for the essence of generosity is in self-sacrifice.
      - Sir Henry Taylor (2)

When you give, take to yourself no credit for generosity, unless you deny yourself something in order that you may give.
      - Sir Henry Taylor (2)

God blesses still the generous thought
  And still the fitting word He speeds,
    And truth, at His requiring taught,
      He quickens into deeds.
      - John Greenleaf Whittier

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