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Quotations about Gifts


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You give but little when you give of your possessions.  It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.  ~Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet


What is bought is cheaper than a gift.  ~Portuguese Proverb


A wise lover values not so much the gift of the lover as the love of the giver.  ~Thomas Kempis


The only gift is a portion of thyself.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


We should give as we would receive, cheerfully, quickly, and without hesitation; for there is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers.  ~Seneca


We do not quite forgive a giver.  The hand that feeds us is in some danger of being bitten.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays


But it is a cold, lifeless business when you go to the shops to buy something, which does not represent your life and talent, but a goldsmith's.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Gifts," Essays, Second Series, 1844


If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give.  ~George MacDonald


The manner of giving is worth more than the gift.  ~Pierre Corneille, Le Menteur


Christmas is the season when you buy this year's gifts with next year's money.  ~Author Unknown


A hug is a great gift - one size fits all, and it's easy to exchange.  ~Author Unknown


If you give what can be taken, you are not really giving.  Take what you are given, not what you want to be given.  Give what cannot be taken.  ~Idries Shah


'Tis blessed to bestow, and yet,
Could we bestow the gifts we get,
And keep the ones we give away,
How happy were our Christmas day!
~Carolyn Wells


To give and then not feel that one has given is the very best of all ways of giving.  ~Max Beerbohm


Pleasure is spread through the earth
In stray gifts to be claimed by whoever shall find.
~William Wordsworth, 1806


What we are is God's gift to us.  What we become is our gift to God.  ~Eleanor Powell


The Lord loveth a cheerful giver.  He also accepteth from a grouch.  ~Catherine Hall


The Christmas season has come to mean the period when the public plays Santa Claus to the merchants.  ~John Andrew Holmes


May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through!  ~Author Unknown


God's gifts put man's best dreams to shame.  ~Elizabeth Barrett Browning


God waits to win back his own flowers as gifts from man's hands.  ~Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds, 1916


You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving.  ~Author Unknown


The paradox of gifts:  I know what I have given you.  I do not know what you have received.  ~Dr. SunWolf, professorsunwolf.com


To perceive Christmas through its wrappings becomes more difficult with every year.  ~Elwyn Brooks White


Nothing's as mean as giving a little child something useful for Christmas.  ~Kin Hubbard


I hate the giving of the hand unless the whole man accompanies it.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today.  Have you used one to say "thank you?"  ~William A. Ward


It isn't the size of the gift that matters, but the size of the heart that gives it.  ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994


Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.  ~William A. Ward


Each day comes bearing its own gifts.  Untie the ribbons.  ~Ruth Ann Schabacker


Change always comes bearing gifts.  ~Price Pritchett


Love is, above all, the gift of oneself.  ~Jean Anouilh


Yesterday is history.  Tomorrow is a mystery.  And today?  Today is a gift.  That's why we call it the present.  ~Babatunde Olatunji, also attributed to Alice Morse Earle



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