Giving is an important part of the holiday season. In recognizing the gifts that we have been given, we give to others. Giving can mean so many things, and each one of them matters. To inspire you to action, we’ve rounded up ten powerful quotes about giving. Whether the quote comes from a child hiding from Nazis in World War II or from a modern day poet and civil rights activist, giving is universal to all of us.
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
“In this world, it’s not what we take up, but what we give that makes us rich.”
Henry Ward Beecher
“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”
“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”
“If you are in the luckiest one percent of humanity, you owe it to the rest of humanity to think about the other ninety-nine percent.”
“I resolved to stop accumulating and begin the infinitely more serious and difficult task of wise distribution.”
“Nothing brings me more happiness than trying to help the most vulnerable people in society. It is a goal and an essential part of my life – a kind of destiny.”
Diana, Princess of Wales
“If you get, give. If you learn, teach.”
“How wonderful that no one need wait a single moment to improve the world.”
“For it is giving that we receive.”
St. Francis of Assisi
If these quotes inspire you, there is no better time to give of yourself and of your time than during the holiday season. Giving doesn’t have to be an extravagant and sweeping gesture. If you are interested in doing something to give back to the community where you live, visit Indy Give! website and explore participating organizations across the Pikes Peak region.
This holiday season, examine your passions and find a way to combine philanthropy with a cause you care deeply about. Whether you are saving mill dogs or helping schoolchildren with after school tutoring, there is a need that you can fill. Even a few dollars or an hour or two a week is important enough that you will make a difference in the world. Make this your season of giving!