20 Quotes About Giving to Get You in The Thanksgiving Spirit

20 Quotes About Giving to Get You in The Thanksgiving Spirit

The season of giving, generosity, and kindness has arrived and we are so excited. There’s nothing more satisfying than serving those you love and figuring out which gifts will make them beam with glee. To help you get in the giving mood, we’ve rounded up 20 quotes about giving; giving gifts, giving appreciation, giving time, and giving of yourself.

Below, you’ll find joyful quotes, biographical quotes, heartwarming quotes, and yes, there are a few sarcastic quotes. Hey – you can be giving, full of gratitude, and snarky, too. (And before we continue, we’ve got to say: We are so thankful for you, our readers. Sure, that’s cheesy – but it’s true. Have a happy Thanksgiving!)

1. “One must be poor to know the luxury of giving.” — George Eliot, aka Mary Ann Evans

2. “I’ve been giving back since I was a teen, handing out turkeys at Thanksgiving and handing out toys at toys drives for Christmas. It’s very important to give back as a youth. It’s as simple as helping an old lady across the street or giving up your seat on the bus for someone who is pregnant.” — Queen Latifah

3. “Let us forget, with generosity, those who cannot love us.” — Pablo Neruda

4. “No one has ever become poor by giving.” — Anne Frank

5. “I feel a very unusual sensation – if it is not indigestion, I think it must be gratitude.” — Benjamin Disraeli

6. “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” — John F. Kennedy

7. “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”
Charles Dickens

8. “Give, but give until it hurts.” — Mother Teresa

9. “Help one another; there’s no time like the present and no present like the time.” — James Durst

10. “If there is to be any peace it will come through being, not having.”– Henry Miller

11. “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” — Mohammed Ali

12. “It is every man’s obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it.” — Albert Einstein

13. “I don’t think you ever stop giving. I really don’t. I think it’s an on-going process. And it’s not just about being able to write a check. It’s being able to touch somebody’s life.” — Oprah Winfrey

14. “If you haven’t got any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.” — Bob Hope

15. “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” — Aesop

16. “Blessed are those who can give without remembering, and take without forgetting.” — Princess Elizabeth, Asquith Bibesco

17. “That’s what I consider true generosity. You give your all, and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing.” — Simone De Beauvoir

18. “You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.” — Amy Wilson-Carmichael

19. “Love only grows by sharing. You can only have more for yourself by giving it away to others.” — Brian Tracy

20. “The more things you do, the more you can do.” — Lucille Ball

Do you have any favorite quotes about giving, thanksgiving, or charity? If so, please comment.

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Abbie Stutzer

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