The more he cast away the more he had.
What seems to be generosity is often no more than disguised ambition, which overlooks a small interest in order to secure a great one.
I take as my guide the hope of a saint: in crucial things, unity... in important things, diversity... in all things, generosity.
What is called generosity is usually only the vanity of giving; we enjoy the vanity more than the thing given.
Men of the noblest dispositions think themselves happiest when others share their happiness with them.
Generosity during life is a very different thing from generosity in the hour of death; one proceeds from genuine liberality and benevolence, the other from pride or fear.
It is always so pleasant to be generous, though very vexatious to pay debts.
Many people are capable of doing a wise thing, more a cunning thing, but very few a generous thing.
To generous souls every task is noble.
What I gave I have, what I spent I had; and what I left I lost.
Lavishness is not generosity.
The poor don't know that their function in life is to exercise our generosity.