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Inspiration: Giving and Receiving

Updated on October 7, 2014

They say that in order to receive you must first give. The two go hand and hand. Get inspired by quotes from some of the greatest givers and philanthropists of all time such as Mother Teresa and many more.

Giving Quotes

Here are some inspirational quotes about giving.

"Before giving, the mind of the giver is happy; while giving, the mind of the giver is made peaceful; and having given, the mind of the giver is uplifted."

-Buddha -

"It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving."

-Mother Teresa-

"For it is in giving that we receive."

-St. Francis of Assisi-

I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.

~Maya Angelou Quotes On Giving

"When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die."

-Eleanor Roosevelt-

"You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give."

-Kahlil Gibran, philosopher-

"Every charitable act is a stepping stone towards heaven."

-Henry Ward Beecher-

"As I give, I get."

-Mary McLeod Bethune-

"Some people give time, some money, some their skills and connections, some literally give their life's blood. But everyone has something to give."

-Barbara Bush-

"Happiest are the people who give most happiness to others."

-Dennis Diderot-

"We make a living by what we get;we make a life by what we give."

-Winston Churchill-

"Trying to get without first giving is as fruitless as trying to reap without having sown."

-Napoleon Hill -

"Giving people a little more than they expect is a good way to get back more than you'd expect."

-Robert Half-

"Before you speak, listen. Before you write, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you invest, investigate. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. Before you retire, save. Before you die, give."

-- William A. Ward {American Anthropologist

A generous man forgets what he gives and remembers what he receives.

~Old Proverb

We must not only give what we have; we must also give what we are.

~ Desire Joseph Mercier

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Read this inspirational story about giving

Two Brothers- Author unknown

Once there were two brothers who inherited their father's land. The brothers divided the land in half and each one farmed his own section. Over time, the older brother married and had six children, while the younger brother never married.

One night, the younger brother lay awake. "It's not fair that each of us has half the land to farm," he thought. "My brother has six children to feed and I have none. He should have more grain than I do."

So that night the younger brother went to his silo, gathered a large bundle of wheat, and climbed the hill that separated the two farms and over to his brother's farm. Leaving the wheat in his brother's silo, the younger brother returned home, feeling pleased with himself.

Earlier that very same night, the older brother was also lying awake. "It's not fair that each of us has half the land to farm," he thought. "In my old age my wife and I will have our grown children to take care of us, not to mention grandchildren, while my brother will probably have none. He should at least sell more grain from the fields now so he can provide for himself with dignity in his old age."

So that night, too, he secretly gathered a large bundle of wheat, climbed the hill, left it in his brother's silo, and returned home, feeling pleased with himself.

The next morning, the younger brother was surprised to see the amount of grain in his barn unchanged. "I must not have taken as much wheat as I thought," he said, bemused. "Tonight I'll be sure to take more."

That very same moment, his older brother was also standing in his barn, musing much the same thoughts.

After night fell, each brother gathered a greater amount of wheat from his barn and in the dark, secretly delivered it to his brother's barn. The next morning, the brothers were again puzzled and perplexed. "How can I be mistaken?" each one scratched his head. "There's the same amount of grain here as there was before I cleared the pile for my brother. This is impossible! Tonight I'll make no mistake - I'll take the pile down to the very floor. That way I'll be sure the grain gets delivered to my brother."

The third night, more determined than ever, each brother gathered a large pile of wheat from his barn, loaded it onto a cart, and slowly pulled his haul through the fields and up the hill to his brother's barn. At the top of the hill, under the shadow of a moon, each brother noticed a figure in the distance. Who could it be?

When the two brothers recognized the form of the other brother and the load he was pulling behind, they realized what had happened. Without a word, they dropped the ropes to their carts and embraced.

List of Philanthropists

These famous philanthropists have donated their money and time towards many charitable causes and by doing so have made an enormous impact in our world.

  • Warren Buffet- Donations of over $30 billion USD
  • Bill Gates- Founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • George Soros- Has donated billions though the Soros Foundation
  • Bono- Mission to rid poverty from Africa
  • Mother Teresa- Devoted her life to caring for the poor and sickly
  • Oprah Winfrey- It is estimated that she has donated over $300 million USD.
  • Alfed Nobel- Founder of the Nobel Prizes

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