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5 Inspiring Quotes That Will Make You Want To Be a Better Giver

Beth Honig Tells New Yorkers How to Be a Better Giver

There is nothing more inspirational than turning to some of our most well-known figures and listening to what they’ve said about the importance of Sharing Your Resources, Time and Your Talent. I was especially moved by many of the humorous and delightfully frank quotes that I’ve read from billionaire Warren Buffett who has talked numerous times about the temporality of financial wealth. Having offered us instructional gems like, “a vast collection of possessions ends up possessing its owner” and “someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago,” Buffett is a master when it comes to a motivating turn of phrase that echoes both wisdom and truth.

The truth is that many of us need to be reminded of the philanthropic opportunities that surround us everyday. But they aren’t just opportunities, they are also responsibilities.

Here are quotes from famous thinkers and doers who have motivational things to say on the topic of charity and philanthropy. Let their words embolden you to share your resources, time and talent in extraordinary ways.

“To give away money is an easy matter and in any man’s power. But to decide to whom to give it and how large and when, and for what purpose and how, is neither in every man’s power nor an easy matter.”

Aristotle, philosopher

(source National Philanthropic Trust)


“To give somebody your time is the biggest gift you can give.”

Franka Potente, actress

(source IMDB)


“The highest use of capital is not to make more money, but to make money do to more for the betterment of life.”

Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company

(source Book of Famous Quotes)


“If you’re in the luckiest 1 percent of humanity, you owe it to the rest of humanity to think about the other 99 percent.”

Warren Buffett, third richest person in the world

(source Forbes)


“I resolved to stop accumulating and begin the infinitely more serious and difficult task of wise distribution.”

Andrew Carnegie, renown philanthropist

(source History UK)