A wise lover values not so much the gift of the lover as the love of the giver.
—Thomas a Kempis (1379–1471) German Religious Priest, Writer
What you are is God’s gift to you, what you do with yourself is your gift to God.
—Leo Buscaglia (1924–98) American Motivational Speaker
Change always comes bearing gifts.
The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness rather than in its value.
—Charles Dudley Warner (1829–1900) American Essayist, Novelist
Independence is of more value than any gifts; and to receive gifts is to lose it. — Men most commonly seek to oblige thee only that they may engage thee to serve them.
—Sa’Di (Musharrif Od-Din Muslih Od-Din) (1184–1283) Persian Poet
Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.
—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–82) American Poet, Educator, Academic
Rings and jewels are not gifts, but apologies for gifts. The only gift is a portion of thyself.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–82) American Philosopher
There is a gift that is almost a blow, and there is a kind word that is munilicence; so much is there in the way of doing things.
—Arthur Helps (1813–75) English Dramatist, Essayist