It is good to give when asked.


It is good to give when asked, but it is better to give unasked, through understanding; and to the open-handed the search for one from whom they shall receive is joy greater than giving.

And is there aught you would withhold?

All you have shall some day be given; Therefore give now, that the season of giving may be yours and not your inheritors’.

Fragment #3 from “On Giving,” a poem by Khalil Gibran.