Be a giver, not a taker.

Giving creates fulfillment. It creates purpose; it creates abundance.

Not just in other people’s lives — in your own life as well.

Giving is the secret. Whether it’s giving energy, money, time, or even just a smile, that’s what separates human excellence from mediocrity.

The happiest, most successful people are those that give more than they take.

Not because they’re lucky, or because they have more resources. That’s simply who they are. That’s how they function.

You can only receive what you give

If you see giving and taking, or receiving, as two separate things, you are already making a mistake.

The truth is that giving and receiving are part of the same energy.

When you give, energy flows freely. And that’s what allows you to receive life’s greatest gifts.

The more you open your heart, the more love you will receive. The more generous you are with your resources, the more opportunities you will attract.

Conversely, if you focus your energy on clinging to things, being guarded, and building walls — you are blocking energy, and you are basically making it impossible for others to give and give back.

Here’s a collection of the best 22 quotes about being a giver.

I hope these will inspire you to change your perspective about giving and taking, and embrace a life where if others win, you win as well.

Be a giver not a taker quotes

Some people are afraid of generosity. They feel they will be taken advantage of or oppressed. In cultivating generosity, we are only oppressing our greed and attachment. This allows our true nature to come out and become lighter and freer.

Ajahn Chah

You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.

Amy Charmichael

We must give more in order to get more. It is the generous giving of ourselves that produces the generous harvest.

Orison Marden

When you approach relationships by thinking about giving rather than getting, and about adding value before seeking value, you’ll be amazed at the return you see on your investment.

Mark Goulston

We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.

Winston Churchill

Learn to light a candle in the darkest moments of someone’s life. Be the light that helps others see. It is what gives life its deepest significance.

Roy T. Bennett

No one has ever become poor by giving.

Anne Frank

Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change.

Bob Kerrey

The great apparent dichotomy is that the more we give, the more we get.

Stephen Covey

They say you can’t give a smile away; it always comes back. The same is true of a kind word or a conversation starter. What goes around comes around.

Susan RoAne

Life is an echo. What you send out comes back. What you sow you reap.

Zig Ziglar

Every minute of every hour of every day you are making the world just as you are making yourself, and you might as well do it with generosity and kindness and style.

Rebecca Solnit

To do more for the world than the world does for you — that is success.

Henry Ford

Giving of ourselves, sharing our gift, is what lifts us. The tricky part is, none of us knows exactly how we will impart the gift we have to give: what kind word we speak, what song we sing, which hug we give will be the one that touches another soul.

Laya Saul

When no one is selfless in a relationship, there is war. When one is selfless, there is peace. When both are selfless, there is joy.

Royce White

The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.

Pablo Picasso

Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life’s deepest joy: true fulfillment.

Tony Robbins

Men are rich only as they give. He who gives great service, gets great returns.

Elbert Hubbard

The human contribution is the essential ingredient. It is only in the giving of oneself to others that we truly live.

Ethel Percy Andrus

The wise man does not lay up his own treasures. The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.

Lao Tzu

It takes generosity to discover the whole through others. If you realize you are only a violin, you can open yourself up to the world by playing your role in the concert.

Jacques Cousteau

Whatever you think the world is withholding from you, you are withholding from the world.

Eckhart Tolle