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Generosity is the habit of giving. Often equated with charity as a virtue, generosity is widely accepted in society as a desirable habit. Generosity can also be spending time, money, or labour, for others, without being rewarded in return.

Generosity is not solely based on one's economic status, but instead, includes the individual's pure intentions of looking out for society's common good and giving from the heart.Generosity should reflect the individual's passion to help others.


  • A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.
  • 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.
  • All my experience of the world teaches me that in ninety-nine cases out of a hundred the safe side and the just side of a question is the generous side and the merciful side.
  • Don't think people judge your generosity by the number of times you mention it.
  • Generosity is only benevolence in practice.
  • He who gives what he would as readily throw away gives without generosity; for the essence of generosity is in self-sacrifice.
  • If there be any truer measure of a man than by what he does, it must be by what he gives.
  • In giving, a man receives more than he gives; and the more is in proportion to the worth of the thing given.
  • Let us proportion our alms to our ability, lest we provoke God to proportion His blessings to our alms.
  • Men of the noblest dispositions think themselves happiest when others share their happiness with them.
  • Some are unwisely liberal; and more delight to give presents than to pay debts.
  • The generous who is always just, and the just who is always generous, may, unannounced, approach the throne of heaven.
  • The secret pleasure of a generous act is the great mind's great bribe.
  • "The yardstick of generosity is not how much you give others, but how much you want in return."
  • "When you give, take to yourself no credit for generosity, unless you deny yourself something in order that you may give."

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