Category Archives: GIVING

All the joy the world contains Has come through wishing happiness for others. All the misery the world contains Has come through wanting pleasure for oneself.” ― Śāntideva, The Way of the Bodhisattva.

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There is no right or wrong path. There is only the path that you choose. Whatever you choose, there will be many opportunities for you to grow and expand 
– Kuan Yin

Recalling the fable of the ensnared lion and the kindly and industrious mouse that came to his rescue, we learn afresh that the weak may often help the great.

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“Our behaviour is different. How often have you seen a headline like this?–TWO DIE ATTEMPTING RESCUE OF DROWNING CHILD. If a man gets lost in the mountains, hundreds will search and often two or three searchers are killed. But the next time somebody gets lost just as many volunteers turn out.
Poor arithmetic, but very human. It runs through all our folklore, all human religions, all our literature–a racial conviction that when one human needs rescue, others should not count the price.”

― Robert A. Heinlein, Starship Troopers

Alas! How dreary would be the world if there was no Santa Claus! There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. Francis P. Church

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“The giver of every good & perfect gift has called upon us to mimic GOD’s giving, by grace, through faith, & this is not of ourselves…!!!”

 St. Nicholas of Myra…!!!

Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present.”

― Albert Camus, Notebooks 1935-1942

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Those who make compassion an essential part of their lives find the joy of life. Kindness deepens the spirit and produces rewards that cannot be completely explained in words. It is an experience more powerful than words. To become acquainted with kindness one must be prepared to learn new things and feel new feelings. Kindness is more than a philosophy of the mind. It is a philosophy of the spirit.

Robert J. Furey

A pretentious, showy life is an empty life; a plain and simple life is a full life.

― Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth am I Here for?


“If nature has made you for a giver, your hands are born open, and so is your heart; and though there may be times when your hands are empty, your heart is always full, and you can give things out of that–warm things, kind things, sweet things–help and comfort and laughter–and sometimes gay, kind laughter is the best help of all.”

― Frances Hodgson Burnett, A Little Princess

The only true currency in this bankrupt world are the moments you share with someone when you’re uncool. ― Cameron Crowe


“If you send out goodness from yourself, or if you share that which is happy or good within you, it will all come back to you multiplied ten thousand times. In the kingdom of love there is no competition; there is no possessiveness or control. The more love you give away, the more love you will have.”

― John O’Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

I note the obvious differences between each sort and type, but we are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike. Maya Angelou


Until you tire your own shoulders (by carrying his children on it), you won’t make a stranger’s son or brother your own. To firmly attach a stranger to yourself, you must toil hard in his behalf first.

"Bannú: Or Our Afghan Frontier"

foto – kimmi from bellingen

Emulation is lively and generous, envy base and malicious.


"Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages: Classified Subjectively and Arranged Alphabetically"

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“ One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. ”

Prov. 11:24

foto – shellbound at the wide river cafe ulmarra 2010.

"Always judge your fellow passengers to be the opposite of what they strive to appear to be.”

"A collection of the proverbs of all nations"


Beauty is one of God’s gifts," says Mr. Lewes, "and every one really submits to its influence, whatever platitudes he may think needful to issue.

foto – barbara in south grafton emporium. 2009.