Favorite Quotations ~  Gifts & Giving, 2 Giving Good Gifts

"Gift exchanges make love last longer." ~ Swedish Proverb

Moon Rising in Hawaii

The ground submits to the sky and suffers whatever comes. Tell me, is the Earth worse for giving in like that? ~ Jalaluddin Rumi

It takes great generosity to accept generosity. ~ Merle Shain, Fresh-cut Flowers For A Friend

Never turn away from your gifts. In their expression lies the power to release you. ~ Karol M. Wasylyshyn

The first great gift we can bestow on others is a good example. ~ Thomas Morell

Man discovers his own wealth when God comes to ask gifts of him. ~ Rabindranath Tagore

Should not the giver be thankful that the receiver received? Is not giving a need? Is not receiving, mercy?~ Friedrich W. Nietzsche

God's gifts put man's best dreams to shame. ~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The spirit in which a thing is given determines that in which the debt is acknowledged; it's the intention, not the face-value of the gift, that's weighed. ~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Every day is a gift --- even if it sucks. ~ Sherry Hochman

When someone gives the hospital a gift of $5 and you know he can afford less than that, thank him graciously. When someone gives the hospital $5,000 and you know he could afford five times that, say, that will help. ~ Robert H. Thorson

I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver ~ Maya Angelou

The gift turned inward, unable to be given, becomes a heavy burden, even sometimes a kind of poison. It is as though the flow of life were backed up. ~ May Sarton, For Writers Only

Think of giving not as a duty but as a privilege. ~ John D. Rockefeller

By my 40s, I finally got out of my own way, so I could become a life creator; a life giver. ~ Art Garfunkel, AARP, Nov/Dec 2003

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