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  • Surprises are foolish things. The pleasure is not enhanced, and the inconvenience is often considerable.
    * Jane Austen

  • The manner of giving is worth more than the gift.
    * Pierre Corneille

  • One must be poor to know the luxury of giving!
    * George Eliot

  • Giving presents is a talent; to know what a person wants, to know when and how to get it, to give it lovingly and well. Unless a character possesses this talent there is no moment more annihilating to ease than that in which a present is received and given.
    * Pamela Glenconner

  • There is sublime thieving in all giving. Someone gives us all he has and we are his.
    * Eric Hoffer

  • Bounty always receives part of its value from the manner in which it is bestowed.
    * Samuel Johnson

  • What is called generosity is usually only the vanity of giving; we enjoy the vanity more than the thing given.
    * François Duc de La Rochefoucauld

  • Some people have a knack of putting upon you gifts of no real value, to engage you to substantial gratitude. We thank them for nothing.
    * Charles Lamb

  • This is what is hardest: to close the open hand because one loves.
    * Friedrich Nietzsche

  • A gift in season is a double favor to the needy.
    * Publilius Syrus

  • Behold, I do not give lectures or a little charity,
    When I give I give myself.
    * Walt Whitman