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[ Also see Beggary Benefit Borrowing Charity Favors Generosity Giving Goodness Ingratitude Kindness Liberality Philanthropy Present Reward Taxes Thankfulness Well-doing ]

And wisest he in this whole wide land
  Of hoarding till bent and gray;
    For all you can hold in your cold, dead hand
      Is what you have given away.
        . . . .
          He gave with a zest and he gave his best;
            Give him the best to come.
      - Joaquin Miller (pseudonym of Cincinnatus Hiner Miller),
        Peter Cooper

He gives twice who gives quickly.
  [Lat., Bis dat qui cito dat.]
      - credited to Publius Syrus Mimus,
        by Langius in "Polyanth--Noviss", p. 382

Take gifts with a sigh: most men give to be paid.
      - John Boyle O'Reilly, LL.D.,
        Rules of the Road

Giving requires good sense.
  [Lat., Rest est ingeniosa dare.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Amorum
         (I, 8, 62)

The gift derives its value from the rank of the giver.
  [Lat., Majestatem res data dantis habet.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso),
        Epistoloe Ex Ponto (IV, 9, 68)

Those gifts are ever the most acceptable which the giver makes precious.
  [Lat., Acceptissima semper munera sunt auctor quae pretiosa facit.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Heriodes
         (XVII, 71)

Every gift which is given, even though it be small, is in reality great, if it be given with affection.
      - Pindar

Smooth words in place of gifts.
  [Lat., Dicta docta pro datis.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Asinaria
         (act III)

In one had he bears a stone, with the other offers bread.
  [Lat., Altera manu fert lapidem, panem ostentat altera.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Aulularia
         (act II, 2, 18)

Nature makes us buy her presents at the price of so many sufferings that it is doubtful whether she deserves most the name of parent or stepmother.
      - Pliny the Elder (Caius Plinius Secundus)

All we can hold in our cold dead hands is what we have given away.
      - Proverb, (Sanskrit)

He always looked a given horse in the mouth.
      - Francois Rabelais, Works (bk. I, ch. XI)

Back of the sound broods the silence, back of the gift stands the giving;
  Back of the hand that receives thrill the sensitive nerves of receiving.
      - Richard Realf, Indirection

Liberty is of more value than any gifts; and to receive gifts is to lose it. Be assured that men most commonly seek to oblige thee only that they may engage thee to serve them.
      - Moslih Eddin (Muslih-un-Din) Saadi (Sadi)

It passes in the world for greatness of mind, to be perpetually giving and loading people with bounties; but it is one thing to know how to give and another thing not to know how to keep. Give me a heart that is easy and open, but I will have no holes in it; let it be bountiful with judgment, but I will have nothing run out of it I know not how.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

No man esteems anything that comes to him by chance; but when it is governed by reason, it brings credit both to the giver and receiver; whereas those favors are in some sort scandalous that make a man ashamed of his patron.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

That which is given with pride and ostentation is rather an ambition than a bounty.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

There is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

We are as answerable for what we give as for what we receive; nay, the misplacing of a benefit is worse than the not receiving of it; for the one is another person's fault, but the other is mine.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Fabius Verrucosus called a favor roughly bestowed by a hard man, bread made of stone.
  [Lat., Fabius Verrucosus beneficium ab homine duro aspere datum, panem lapidosum vocabat.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        De Beneficiis (II, 7)

God has given some gifts to the whole human race, from which no is excluded.
  [Lat., Deus quaedam munera universo humano generi dedit, a quibus excluditur nemo.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        De Beneficiis (IV, 28)

While you look at what is given, look also at the giver.
  [Lat., Cum quod datur spectabis, et dantem adspice!]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), Thyestes
         (CCCXVI)

She prizes not such trifles as these are:
  The gifts she looks from me are pack'd and lock'd
    Up in my heart, which I have given already
      But not deliver'd.
      - William Shakespeare

Wear this for me,--one out of suits with fortune,
  That could give more, but that her hand lacks means.
      - William Shakespeare

You gave with them words of so sweet breath composed, as made the things more rich.
      - William Shakespeare


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