Richard Branson's Favourite Quotes On Giving

By James Mills, Associate Partner, Lighthouse International

Billionaire entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson values the act of giving enough to make it a central theme of his businesses. He also values learning from legends, so this is a perfect time of year to enjoy some pearls of wisdom from greats like Winston Churchill, Christopher Reeve and Anne Frank.....


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

– Winston S. Churchill

“Presents are made for the pleasure of who gives them, not the merits of who receives them.”

– Carlos Ruiz Zafón 

"No one has ever become poor by giving."

– Anne Frank 

"Giving opens the way for receiving."  

– Florence Scovel Shinn 

"Success is finding satisfaction in giving a little more than you take."

– Christopher Reeve 

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

– Orison Swett Marden 

"When you're in a position to have gotten so much, the gift at this point is giving back."

– Paul Stanley 

"I profoundly feel that the art of living is the art of giving. You're fulfilled in the moment of giving, of doing something beyond yourself."

–  Laurance Rockefeller 

"Christmas is a tonic for our souls. It moves us to think of others rather than of ourselves. It directs our thoughts to giving."

– B. C. Forbes 

 "Presents are symbolic. When you give them in your personal life, they should show that you are paying attention to the person to whom you're giving them."

– Judith Martin 

We Receive When We Give

The biggest thing about these quotes is how they illustrate the law of giving and receiving. We may think that giving is something that costs us and means we are missing out. However, when we give in a heartfelt way, we will naturally benefit through the joy we experience, the meaning we create for our lives and the relationships we build in the process.

We Can All Give More Throughout the Year

“In my opinion, there’s nothing quite like the gift of giving. When you see first-hand the impact it can have, it becomes the best feeling in the world... We should all give more, and not just at Christmas time. Giving more doesn’t always have to mean materialistic presents or donating money. We can all give more of our time and energy to help others and worthy causes. I would like to encourage all people to give more and do more.”

- Sir Richard Branson

As Sir Richard says; giving is not something to be restricted to this time of year and the presents we give. There are so many ways we can contribute to those closest to us (including ourselves!) and the world as a whole. The desire to give back is a common fundamental practised by all true legends. The more we give and add value, the more we also open up our worlds to new possibilities and opportunities!

What was your favourite quote and why?

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