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Spirit of giving and sharing – Swami Vivekananda

None is there but will be compelled, in the long run, to give up everything. And the more one struggles against this law, the more miserable one feels.

It is because we dare not give, because we are not resigned enough to accede to this grand demand of nature, that we are miserable.

The wood is gone, but we get heat in return.

The sun is taking up water from the ocean, to return it in showers.

You are a machine for taking and giving: you take, in order to give. Ask, therefore, nothing in return; but the more you give, the more will come to you.

The quicker you can empty the air out of this room, the quicker it will be filled up by the external air; and if you close all the doors and every aperture, that which is within will remain, but that which is outside will never come in, and that which is within will stagnate, degenerate, and become poisoned.

A river is continually emptying itself into the ocean and is continually filling up again.

Swami Vivekananda