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“Blessed are those who give without remembering. And blessed are those who take without forgetting.”
“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”
“Children must early learn the beauty of generosity. They are taught to give what they prize most, that they may taste the happiness of giving.”
-Charles Alexander Eastman
“Christmas Gift Suggestions:
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.”
“The only things standing between you and the compassionate, wise, and creative person you want to be are matters of choice. Your choice. No one can occupy your generosity except you.”
“Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.”
“Generosity is the most natural outward expression of an inner attitude of compassion and loving-kindness.”
-The Dalai Lama XIV
“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.”
-Debbie Macomber, One Simple Act: Discovering the Power of Generosity
“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.”
“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
“No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.”
“You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.”
“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”
“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.”
“When it comes to giving, some people stop at nothing.”
“It is well to give when asked, but it is better to give unasked, through understanding.”
“It is the heart that does the giving; the fingers only let go.”
“Sustainability, ensuring the future of life on Earth, is an infinite game, the endless expression of generosity on behalf of all.”
“You will discover that you have two hands. One is for helping yourself and the other is for helping others.”
“Unless we think of others and do something for them, we miss one of the greatest sources of happiness.”
-Ray Lyman Wilbur
“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.”
“The greatest gift you ever give is your honest self.”
“The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving.”
“Money is but one venue for generosity. Kindness is an even more valuable currency.”
“Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out.”
-Frank A. Clark
“He who gives what he would as readily throw away, gives without generosity; for the essence of generosity is in self-sacrifice.”
“A thing is bigger for being shared.”
-Gaelic (on generosity)
“Give yourself entirely to those around you. Be generous with your blessings. A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.”
“The more we share the more we have.”
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
How can you use Quotes?
- Start a discussion: Quotes can start a discussion about a character trait at the beginning of a meeting or the dinner table. You can ask questions about what it means, how they have seen the trait demonstrated in their own lives, or how they can develop it themselves.
- Provide a model: Quotes can provide a model of good character. When you read a quote from a famous person or historical figure, you show that people they admire also value the same character traits.
- Use quotes as writing/journal prompts: Ask them to write a short essay about a quote to help them think more deeply about its implications for their lives.
- Post quotes: You can post quotes where they will be seen/heard often – classroom, breakroom, lobby, dining room, email signatures, video bulletin boards, morning announcements, social media, etc.
- Read quotes aloud: You can read quotes aloud to your children during mealtimes, bedtime, or any other time you spend together.
- Make it fun: You can make it even more fun by incorporating games, activities, or crafts. Let children decorate signs with the quotes to hang in the classroom or a bedroom door. Record children saying it and post it on social media.