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Generosity is a disposition to good will towards others, exemplified by the habit of giving without coercion. Often equated with charity as a virtue, generosity is widely accepted in society as a desirable trait.


  • Generosity is to help a deserving person without his request, and if you help him after his request, then it is either out of self-respect or to avoid rebuke.
  • My friends, Dr. King realized that the only real wealth comes from helping others.
    • César Chávez, in a speech, Lessons of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr (1990)
  • Generosity is a virtue for individuals, not Governments. When governments are generous it is with other people's money, other people's safety, other people's future.
  • You've been so kind and generous.
    I don't know how you keep on giving.
    For your kindness, I'm in debt to you.
    For your selflessness, my admiration.
    And for everything you've done, you know I'm bound...
    I'm bound to thank you for it.
  • Be generous! Give to those whom you love; give to those who love you; give to the fortunate; give to the unfortunate; yes — give especially to those to whom you don’t want to give.
  • Your most precious, valued possessions and your greatest powers are invisible and intangible. No one can take them. You, and you alone, can give them. You will receive abundance for your giving. The more you give — the more you will have!
  • He who gives only what he would as readily throw away gives without generosity; for the essence of generosity is in self-sacrifice.
  • When you give, therefore, take to yourself no credit for generosity, unless you deny yourself something in order that you may give.

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