With so many governments in the western world experiencing fiscal gridlock, major budgetary cuts to social services are being debated and implemented. In the United States, individual states faced over $500 billion in cumulative shortfalls from 2009 to 2012. This places a heavy burden on private industry and private donors to pick up the slack.

Despite the economic downturn, we must find a way to continue to give to causes that help those less fortunate. To remind us of our duty as humans, here are giving quotes from leaders throughout history:

  • “It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”—Mother Teresa
  • “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”—Charles Dickens
  • “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”—Winston Churchill
  • “You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” – Kahlil Gibran
  • “Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give.” – Ben Carson
  • “My mother told me that life isn’t always about pleasing yourself and that sometimes you have to do things for the sole benefit of another human being.”—Chelsea Handler
  • “By giving people the power to share, we’re making the world more transparent.”—Mark Zuckerberg
  • “No one has ever become poor by giving.”—Anne Frank
  • “The degree of loving is measured by the degree of giving.”—Edwin Louis Cole
  • “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance for those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • “Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  • “If you get, give. If you learn, teach.” – Maya Angelou
  • “Love grows by giving. The love we give away is the only love we keep. The only way to retain love is to give it away.” – Elbert Hubbard

Remember these giving quotes and try to work the lessons into your daily lives. Humanity has a long way to go and much more to achieve, but through the practice of giving we can surely facilitate our journey.

-Sunny Bhatt

Sources: Good Reads, Psychology Today, Oprah, Brookings
Photo: Quotes Wave

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Everyone can benefit from the power of giving quotes. It is not just a duty of all humanity, but also a privilege to help those less fortunate. Below are 10 quotes about giving.


Top Quotes on Giving and Being Generous


1. “Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and should give generously to those in need; always being ready to share with others whatever God has given them.” – Timothy 6: 17-19
2. “Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.” – Booker T. Washington
3. “No one has ever become poor by giving.” – Anne Frank
4. “For I was hungry and you fed me. I was thirsty and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger and you invited me into your home. I was naked and you gave me clothing… When did we ever see you sick or in prison, and visit you? ‘I assure you, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters; you were doing it to me!” – Matthew 25: 34-40
5. “Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free.” – Dali lama 14
6. “Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike: each has their suffering. Some suffer too much, others too little.” – Gautama Siddhartha
7. “When a poor person dies of hunger, it is not because God did not take care of him or her. It has happened because neither you nor I wanted to give that person what he or she needed.” – Mother Teresa
8. “Poverty is the worse form of violence.” – Mahatma Gandhi
9. “Smiling in your brother’s face is an act of charity. So is enjoining good and forbidding evil, giving directions to a lost traveler, aiding the blind, and removing obstacles from the path.” – Muhammad
10. “When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” – Maya Angelou
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