Monday, June 6, 2011

It is more blessed to give than to receive

Here are some quotations on the practical benefit of giving (philanthropy) from the Business Day section of The Saturday Age June 4 2011.

I’ve worked in an economy that rewards someone who saves the lives of others on a battlefield with a medal, rewards a great teacher with thank-you notes from parents, but rewards those who can detect the mispricing of securities with sums reaching into the billions. (Warren Buffett)

Making a difference in people’s lives – and seeing it with your own eyes – is perhaps the most satisfying thing you’ll ever do. If you want to enjoy life – give. (Michael Bloomberg)

We have been blessed with good fortune beyond our wildest expectations, and we are profoundly grateful. But just as these gifts are great, so we feel a great responsibility to use them well. (Melinda and Bill Gates)

I cannot think of a more personally rewarding and appropriate use of wealth than to give while one is living – to personally devote oneself to meaningful efforts to improve the human condition. (Chuck Feeney)

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