A Quote by Erich Fromm on love, giving, and receiving

Love is an activity, not a passive affect; it is a "standing in," not a "falling for." In the most general way, the active character of love can be described by stating that love is primarily giving, not receiving.

Erich Fromm (1900 - 1980)

Source: The Art of Loving (Perennial Classics), Pages: 21

Contributed by: Brian

A Quote by Erich Fromm on love, giving, receiving, potency, power, wealth, and joy

Giving is the highest expression of potency. In the very act of giving, I experience my strength, my wealth, my power. This experience of heightened vitality and potency fills me with joy. I experience myself as overflowing, spending, alive, hence as joyous. Giving is more joyous than receiving, not because it is a deprivation, but because in the act of giving lies the experession of my aliveness.

Erich Fromm (1900 - 1980)

Source: The Art of Loving (Perennial Classics), Pages: 21-22

Contributed by: Brian

A Quote by Swami Sivananda on love, unconditional love, service, and giving

Love expects no reward. Love knows no fear. Love Divine gives - does not demand. Love thinks no evil; imputes no motive. To Love is to share and serve.

Swami Sivananda

Contributed by: Ryan

A Quote by unknown on giving, happiness, freedom, and peace of mind

There is a wonderful, mystical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life, happiness, freedom and peace of mind, are always attained by giving them to someone else


Contributed by: Rachel Dawn

A Quote by Lao Tzu on tao, life, mastery, trust, giving, expectation, and wealth

As it acts in the world, the Tao
is like the bending of a bow.
The top is bent downward;
the bottom is bent up.
It adjusts excess and deficiency
so that there is perfect balance.
It takes from what is too much
and give to what isn't enough.

Those who try to control,
who use force to protect their power,
go against the direction of the Tao.
They take from those who don't have enough
and give to those who have far too much.

The Master can keep giving
because there is no end to her wealth.
She acts without expectation,
succeeds without taking credit,
and doesn't think that she is better
than anyone else.

Lao Tzu (c.604 - 531 B.C.)

Source: Tao Te Ching

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A Quote by Lao Tzu on tao, endurance, and giving

Those who know don't talk.
Those who talk don't know.

Close your mouth,
block off your senses,
blunt your sharpness,
untie your knots,
soften your glare,
settle your dust.
This is the primal identity.

Be like the Tao.
It can't be approached or withdrawn from,
benefited or harmed,
honored or brought into disgrace.
It gives itself up continually.
That is why it endures.

Lao Tzu (c.604 - 531 B.C.)

Source: Tao Te Ching

Contributed by: Gaia Team

A Quote by Lao Tzu on kindness, love, giving, and profoundness

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.

Lao Tzu (c.604 - 531 B.C.)

Contributed by: Amethyst

A Quote by Leo Buscglia on love and giving

"Only when we give joyfully, without hestation or thought of gain, can we truly know what love means."

Leo Buscaglia

Contributed by: Kim

A Quote by Peter Cajander on life, sharing, giving, and unconditional love

Life is about giving, and the rest is taken care of.

Peter Cajander

Contributed by: peter

A Quote by Anders on all, giving, source, god, and sharing

"Give all, to all, I love."

Anders of the Wood

Contributed by: Anders

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