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How much easier is it to be generous than just.

Author: Junius (1769-1771)

Profession: Anonymous British Letter Writer

Liberality consists less in giving a great deal than in gifts well-timed.

Author: Jean De La Bruyere (1645-1696)

Profession: French Classical Writer

What is called generosity is usually only the vanity of giving; we enjoy the vanity more than the thing given.

Author: Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680)

Profession: French Classical Writer

What seems to be generosity is often no more than disguised ambition, which overlooks a small interest in order to secure a great one.

Author: Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680)

Profession: French Classical Writer

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.

Author: Horace Mann (1796-1859)

Profession: American Educator

Many people are capable of doing a wise thing, more a cunning thing, but very few a generous thing.

Author: Alexander Pope (1688-1744)

Profession: British Poet, Critic, Translator

What I gave I have, what I spent I had; and what I left I lost.

Author: Robert of Doncaste

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The poor don't know that their function in life is to exercise our generosity.

Author: Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980)

Profession: French Writer, Philosopher

Generosity is nothing else than a craze to possess. All which I abandon, all which I give, I enjoy in a higher manner through the fact that I give it away. To give is to enjoy possessively the object which one gives.

Author: Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980)

Profession: French Writer, Philosopher

Is it not odd that the only generous person I ever knew, who had money to be generous with, should be a stockbroker.

Author: Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)

Profession: British Poet

He who gives what he would as readily throw away, gives without generosity; for the essence of generosity is in self sacrifice.

Author: Sir Henry Taylor (1800-1886)

Profession: British Author

If you're a generous person you'll have no trouble admitting that somebody else is good. If you're a better person you'll find it's total impossibility.

Author: Source Unknown

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Give all thou canst; high Heaven rejects the lore of nicely-calculated less or more.

Author: William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

Profession: British Poet

Generosity is another quality which, like patience, letting go, non-judging, and trust, provides a solid foundation for mindfulness practice. You might experiment with using the cultivation of generosity as a vehicle for deep self-observation and inquiry as well as an exercise in giving. A good place to start is with yourself. See if you can give yourself gifts that may be true blessings, such as self-acceptance, or some time each day with no purpose. Practice feeling deserving enough to accept these gifts without obligation-to simply receive from yourself, and from the universe.

Author: Jon Kabat Zinn

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