Wisdom from Polonius


Robert Louis Stevenson

“I am in the habit of looking not so much to the nature of a gift as to the spirit in which it is offered.”


James Russell Lowell

“Not what we give, but what we share,
For the gift without the giver is bare.”


St. Paul

“God loves a cheerful giver.”


Acts of the Apostles [attributed to the author of the Gospel According to Luke]

“It is more blessed to give than to receive.”


Dorothy Parker

“A single flow’r he sent me, since we met.
    All tenderly his messenger he chose;
Deep-hearted, pure, with scented dew still wet -
    One perfect rose.

“I knew the language of the floweret;
    ‘My fragile leaves,’ it said, ‘his heart enclose.’
Love long has taken for his amulet
    One perfect rose.

“Why is it no one ever sent me yet
    One perfect limousine, do you suppose?
Ah no, it’s always just my luck to get
    One perfect rose.”



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Harvard Square Commentary, September 25, 2006