Generosity is a powerful practice and an important quality to cultivate. The practice of dana, or generosity, is important to the Buddhist path, and in many other traditions. Here are our favorite quotes about generosity.
“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”
“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”
“For it is in giving that we receive.”
-Francis of Assisi
“Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.”
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.”
“You give but little when you give of your possessions.
It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”
“In giving we not only find wealth while in cyclic existence but we achieve the zenith of prosperity in supreme enlightenment. Therefore we all have to practice giving. A Bodhisattva’s giving is not just overcoming miserliness and being generous to others; a pure wish to give is cultivated, and through developing more and more intimacy with it, such giving is enhanced infinitely. Therefore it is essential to have the firm mind of enlightenment rooted in great love and compassion and, from the depths of one’s heart, to either give one’s body, wealth and virtues literally to sentient beings as infinite as space, or to dedicate one’s body, wealth and virtues for them while striving in all possible ways to enhance the wish to give infinitely.”
-His Holiness the Dalai Lama XIV
“Every sunrise is an invitation for us to arise and brighten someone’s day.”
-Richelle E. Goodrich
“The most truly generous persons are those who give silently without hope of praise or reward.”
-Carol Ryrie Brink
“Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.”
“You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Others are my main concern. When I notice something of mine, I steal it and give it to others.”
“Material success or wealth is neutral in itself, neither good or evil. It become evil only when one is attached to it or to amassing it for selfish reasons. It is good when one is not attached to it, and readily use it selflessly to benefit others in need. Wealth should lead to generosity, or it will become a spiritual obstacle. If there is propensity for great generosity for great charity, the richer the merrier!”
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