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(Celia:) Let us sit and mock the good housewife Fortune from her wheel, that her gifts may henceforth be bestowed equally.
  (Rosalind:) I would we could do so, for her benefits are mightily misplaced, and the bountiful blind woman doth most mistake in her gifts to women.
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Celia & Rosalind at I, ii)

Their perfume lost,
  Take these again, for to the noble mind
    Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Ophelia at III, i)

All the other gifts appertinent to man, as the malice of this age shapes them, are not worth a gooseberry.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part II
         (Falstaff at I, ii)

Win her with gifts, if she respect not words.
  Dumb jewels often in their silent kind
    More than quick words do move a woman's mind.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Two Gentlemen of Verona
         (Valentine at III, i)

We like the gift when we the giver prize.
      - John Sheffield, 3rd Earl of Mulgrave, Duke of Buckingham and Normanby

The making presents to a lady one addresses is like throwing armor into an enemy's camp, with a resolution to recover it.
      - William Shenstone

Enemies' gifts are no gifts and do no good.
      - Sophocles

You must be fit to give before you can be fit to receive.
      - James Stephens

Give us courage and gaiety and the quient mind . . .
      - Robert Louis Stevenson

How can that gift leave a trace which has left no void?
      - Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine (Soimonoff)

He gives twice who gives quickly.
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus)

Policy counselleth a gift, given wisely and in season;
  And policy afterwards approveth it, for great is the influence of gifts.
      - Martin Farquhar Tupper

I have found out a gift for my fair;
  I have found where the wood-pigeons breed.
    [Lat., Parta meae Veneri sunt munera; namque notavi
      Ipse locum aeriae quo congessere palumbes.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        Eclog. (III, 68)

I fear the Greeks, even when they bring gifts.
  [Lat., Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        The Aeneid (II, 49)

What we're all looking for is someone who doesn't live there, just pays for it.
      - Andy Warhol

The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness rather than in its value.
      - Charles Dudley Warner

He gives not best that gives most; but he gives most who gives best. If then I cannot give bountifully, yet I will give freely; and what I want in my hand, supply by my heart. He gives well that gives willingly.
      - Arthur Warwick

Behold, I do not give lectures or a little charity,
  When I give I give myself.
      - Walt Whitman,
        Leaves of Grass--Song of Myself (40)

For whatever a man has, is in reality only a gift.
  [Ger., Denn was ein Mensch auch hat, so sind's am Ende Gaben.]
      - Christoph Martin Wieland, Oberon (II, 19)

Give all thou canst; high Heaven rejects the lore
  Of nicely calculated less or more.
      - William Wordsworth, Ecclesiastical Sonnets
         (pt. III, no. 43)

She gave me eyes, she gave me ears;
  And humble cares, and delicate fears;
    A heart, the fountain of sweet tears;
      And love, and thought, and joy.
      - William Wordsworth, The Sparrow's Nest

That every gift of noble origin
  Is breathed upon by Hope's perpetual breath.
      - William Wordsworth,
        These Times Strike Monied Worldlings

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