- He that defers his charity 'till he is dead, is (if a man weighs it rightly) rather liberal of another man's, than of his own.
- Francis Bacon, Francisci Baconi Baronis de Verulamio ... Opera Omnia Quatuor (1730), p. 298. Compare: The English Theophrastus: or, The manners of the age (1702), p. 268: "He that defers Charity till Death, is rather Liberal of another Man's, than of his own".
- Liberality consists less in giving a great deal than in gifts well timed.
- Jean de La Bruyère, in Les Caractères (1688), Aphorism 47 as translated in The Characters of Jean de La Bruyère (1929) by Henri van Laun
- Variant translations:
- Liberality consists rather in giving seasonably than much.
- Generosity lies less in giving much than in giving at the right moment.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 437.
- He that's liberal
To all alike, may do a good by chance,
But never out of judgment.
- Beaumont and Fletcher, The Spanish Curate, Act I, scene 1.
- Then gently scan your brother man,
Still gentler sister woman;
Tho' they may gang a kennin' wrang,
To step aside is human.
- Robert Burns, Address to the Unco Guid.
- It is better to believe that a man does possess good qualities than to assert that he does not.
- Chinese Moral Maxims. Compiled by John Francis Davis, F. R. S. China, 1823.
- The liberal soul shall be made fat.
- Proverbs. XI. 25.
- Shall I say to Cæsar
What you require of him? for he partly begs
To be desir'd to give. It much would please him,
That of his fortunes you should make a staff
To lean upon.
- If you are poor, distinguish yourself by your virtues; if rich, by your good deeds.
- There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.
- Liberality consists less in giving profusely, than in giving judiciously.
- The liberal soul shall be made fat; and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.