Servant Leadership Workplace-Generosity Quotes

15 Great Quotes About Generosity

Generosity is one of the three cardinal virtues of a servant-leader.*


Service is a true expression of generosity.

So, I hope you will enjoy these (in alphabetical order by author) 15 great quotes about generosity:

  1. “We can only be truly generous when we expect nothing in return.” – Muhammad Ali
  1. “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
  1. “Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.” – Albert Camus
  1. “You make all kinds of mistakes, but as long as you are generous and true and also fierce, you cannot hurt the world or even seriously distress her.” – Winston S. Churchill
  1. “Rings and jewels are not gifts, but apologies for gifts. The only gift is a portion of thyself.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  1. “No one has ever become poor by giving.” – Anne Frank
  1. “The more one forgets himself – by giving himself to a cause to serve or another person to love – the more human he is.” – Viktor E. Frankl
  1. “Conquer the angry one by not getting angry; conquer the wicked by goodness; conquer the stingy by generosity, and the liar by speaking the truth.” – Siddhārtha Gautama, the Buddha
  1. “You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” – Kahlil Gibran
  1. “The wise man does not lay up his own treasures. The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.” – Lao Tzu
  1. “Those who give hoping to be rewarded with honor are not giving, they are bargaining.” – Philo of Alexandria
  1. “Giving back involves a certain amount of giving up.” – Colin Powell
  1. “When people get scared, they quit giving.” – Dave Ramsey
  1. “Think of giving not as a duty but as a privilege.” – John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
  1. “The greatest gift you ever give is your honest self.” – Fred Rogers

Here’s one more, just for fun:

“Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks.” – Doug Larson

Which of these quotes do you like best? Do you have a great quote about generosity to add?

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* “3 Cardinal Virtues of a Servant-Leader”

More on generosity of servant-leaders in the workplace: “Servant-Leaders Give the Gift of Time”