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Generosity is the act of selflessly giving to others.



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  • “From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.”

    —Arthur Ashe Professional Tennis Player, Civil Rights Supporter

  • “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.”

    —Sir Winston Churchill British Statesman, Prime Minister, Author, Nobel Prize Winner

  • “A pessimist, they say, sees a glass as being half empty; an optimist sees the same glass as half full. But a giving person sees a glass of water and starts looking for someone who might be thirsty.”

    —G. Donald Gale

  • “Wherever there is a human in need, there is an opportunity for kindness and to make a difference.”

    —Kevin Heath Ceo More4kids

  • “He who wishes to secure the good of others, has already secured his own.”

    —Confucius Philosopher

Stories About Generosity

A Small Fire

Submitted by Anonymous

A friend had invited me to dinner at his new house. Right before I was due to arrive, he tried out the gas fireplace, which...

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There Is An Eye

Submitted by Aldrin

There is a poor boy named Roy Freetz in a 30-student classroom who is really hungry and have nothing to eat. He felt jealous...

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A Birthday To Remember

Submitted by Anonymous

I work with developmentally disabled adults in a residential setting. One of the men wanted to go to a restaurant for his...

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Everyday Hero Stories

Lois And Bill C

Bill is a retired engineer. Lois, Bill's wife, has been a homemaker. They are fairly ordinary people with little notable...

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Ambie E

Ambie is my hero because she is the nicest person that I know. She is always looking out for others and trying to help...

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Sumit Saluja

Every person in my opinion is a hero in one or the other way as everyone is fighting for the survival each day. However, this...

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My friend Yanina should be featured in the dictionary for Generous.
John and Tim, Paterson NJ

It is good to be generous because no one know what tomorrow will bring.

Generosity is being happy to give.
Bruce Willingham, Warner Robins, Ga

Forgiveness is also a thing such as generous. Although this is not a materialistic thing.
Cassie Chang, Malaysia,Batu Pahat

We all can be generous in some way or another by sharing our time, talent or treasure. Don't let your lack of money keep you from helping others.
Sandy, Colorado

My work is that of a mystery shopper. I am paid for visiting certain businesses and conducting a shopping experience at each store. Then I file the report online and receive a payment for having done so. Many of my shops are for Sonic Drive-Ins. Since I am not able to eat all the of the food I am obligated to purchase, I choose to give much of it away. All of my Sonic purchases are given to military recruitment offices in my area. If not those, I choose fire departments, but most of the food goes to the recruiters. God Bless America!
Rick Schwab, Fort Worth

The true value of a generous gift or act of kindness lies in direct proportion to the degree of sacrifice required.
Kathy, Marysville, WA