If you’re ever stuck for gift ideas, these quotes on giving will hopefully spark some inspiration. Please feel free to add your own quotes in the comments section at the end of the post.
The great art of giving consists in this: the gift should cost very little and yet be greatly coveted, so that it may be the more highly appreciated. Baltasar Gracian
You must give some time to your fellow men. Even if it’s a little thing, do something for others – something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it. Albert Schweitzer, French philosopher & physician (1875 – 1965)
The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness rather than in its value. Charles Dudley Warner, ‘Eleventh Study,’ Backlog Studies, 1873
There is no benefit in the gifts of a bad man. Euripides (484 BC – 406 BC), Medea, 431 B.C.
You try to give away what you want yourself. Lois McMaster Bujold, “Memory”, 1996
Purchase not friends by gifts; when thou ceasest to give, such will cease to love. Thomas Fuller (1608 – 1661)
And the last one – which should guarantee all parents a very cheap Christmas…
If you want to see what children can do, you must stop giving them things. Norman Douglas