Top 1101 Gift Quotes

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“A clever conjurer is welcome anywhere, and those of us whose powers of entertainment are limited to the setting of booby-traps or the arranging of apple-pie beds must view with envy the much greater tribute of laughter and applause which is the lot of the prestidigitator with some natural gift for legerdemain.”

― A. A. Milne

“Teachers believe they have a gift for giving; it drives them with the same irrepressible drive that drives others to create a work of art or a market or a building.”

― A. Bartlett Giamatti

“Science is a beautiful gift to humanity; we should not distort it.”

― A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

“Science is global. Einstein’s equation, E=mc2, has to reach everywhere. Science is a beautiful gift to humanity, we should not distort it. Science does not differentiate between multiple races.”

― A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

“My introduction to the Madonna Inn came as a young boy when we would take summer vacations to a nearby town. My dad would take us into their gift shop bathroom, which was a huge waterfall that functioned as the men’s urinal. So as a kid, this was the most amazing thing I had ever seen.”

― Aaron Ruell

“Over the past few years, the road to confrontation has shown its consequences: loss of innocent lives, destruction and fear. Most costly, however, was the loss of hope. The most precious gift that you can present to your peoples over the coming weeks is renewed hope born out of tangible progress on the ground.”

― Abdullah II of Jordan

“I wrote a play for Miu Miu called ‘The Moment Is the Present, That’s Why It’s Called a Gift.’ Instead of doing a catwalk show, all the actors wore the clothes and performed a 20-minute play.”

― Abi Morgan

“When ‘Family Guy’ came along, it was like a gift, and it expanded my fan base.”

― Adam West

“My dad has given me the best gift anyone has ever given me. He gave me wings to fly.”

― Adria Arjona

“’Luke Cage’ is a gift. There’s so many different ways you can look at it.”

― Adrian Younge

“God’s most lordly gift to man is decency of mind.”

― Aeschylus

“To be free from evil thoughts is God’s best gift.”

― Aeschylus

“When I harnessed its seemingly uncontrollable might, I realized bipolar disorder’s powers could be used for good. My diagnosis didn’t have to be an affliction. It could simply be the gift of extraordinary emotions.”

― AJ Lee

“I feel like so much of what we give on stage is a musical gift to our fans, but we also wanna bring more depth to our shows if we can and do something empowering.”

― AJ Michalka

“I believe life is a gift, and I want to live it productively. I am not into this numbers game.”

― Ajith Kumar

“Jamie Foxx does a good rendition of me. It’s a real gift, mimicry of that kind, the tonal thing. It’s sort of like having a talent for playing an instrument.”

― Al Pacino

“It’s almost a blessing when we meet people who naturally want to do the sort of things that are in high demand in society. What a gift to do that, as opposed to other people who would say, ‘I want to be a novelist but actually I have to be an accountant.’”

― Alain de Botton

“I had the good fortune and the gift to be one of the 12 men to walk on the moon.”

― Alan Bean

“Great masters neither want nor need your worship. Your greatest gift to them and yourself is to emulate their divinity by claiming it as your own.”

― Alan Cohen

“Anytime you have an opportunity as an actor to really grow along with your character, I think that’s a real gift.”

― Alan Ritchson

“Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle. This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future.”

― Albert Camus

“Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift.”

― Albert Einstein

“The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.”

― Albert Einstein

“We are the only alive creatures that are mortals; the animals are immortal, which is why they live stupidly. We are the only creatures that know that we will die, but that is a gift. It’s important because we know we have to take advantage and squeeze life and understand why we’re here in the first place.”

― Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

“It has been a marvellous experience and a great gift collaborating with Madonna. Now that I have had the chance to see her working, I truly understand why she is so grand! I believe she is a true artist, and I am crazy about her.”

― Alessandro Michele

“Free soloing is almost as old as climbing itself, with roots in the 19th century. Climbers are continuing to push the boundaries. There are certainly better technical climbers than me. But if I have a particular gift, it’s a mental one – the ability to keep it together where others might freak out.”

― Alex Honnold

“When you’re a houseguest and you leave, it’s nice to straighten something up or send your hosts a useful gift. And when you leave the planet, it’s nice to have made a positive contribution.”

― Alexander Payne

“I love people and care about them, and I felt I had a gift to cheer people up. If I could get into their homes and make their environment more attractive, they’ll be happier, and it would be very rewarding for me.”

― Alexandra Stoddard

“The love of beauty in its multiple forms is the noblest gift of the human cerebrum.”

― Alexis Carrel

“I really feel like the gift is also the curse. It’s always half-and-half. Whatever brings you the most joy will also probably bring you the most pain. Always a price to pay.”

― Alice Hoffman

“The gift of loneliness is sometimes a radical vision of society or one’s people that has not previously been taken into account.”

― Alice Walker

“I just feel that ‘The Color Purple,’ which was my 10th book, was a true gift from my ancestors.”

― Alice Walker

“Yes, Mother. I can see you are flawed. You have not hidden it. That is your greatest gift to me.”

― Alice Walker

“I really appreciate the many neighbourhoods of Berkeley. There is still the butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker. And it has the University of California, which is the greatest gift, to my mind, to be close to it. It keeps the place alive.”

― Alice Waters

“I’m a father; I’m a friend. I think I’ve got the biggest heart in the world. A lot of times, that’s not a good thing. It’s a gift and a curse.”

― Allen Iverson

“I have learned that track doesn’t define me. My faith defines me. I’m running because I have been blessed with a gift.”

― Allyson Felix

“My speed is a gift from God, and I run for His glory. Whatever I do, it all comes from him.”

― Allyson Felix

“Who is there that ever receives a gift and tries to make bargains about it? Let us, then, return thanks for what He has bestowed on us. Who can tell whether, if we had had a larger share of ability or stronger health, we should not have possessed them to our destruction.”

― Alphonsus Liguori

“In a serious relationship, I will definitely write music about a guy. I’m totally into mix tapes and I’m all about small little things. I’ll drop by their door and just leave a gift or come over if they’re sick and make them chicken noodle soup and rent a DVD and play board games. I think those little things mean a lot to someone.”

― Aly Michalka

“The greatest gift I’ve ever received is being a teacher.”

― Alyssa Edwards

“The greatest gift you have been given is the gift of your imagination – what do you dream of wanting to do?”

― Amanda Lindhout

“My captors were definitely aware that what they were doing was wrong. It came out in small ways – occasionally through a show of guilt or compassion. One of the boys bought me a gift. Another used to sneak me acetaminophen tablets.”

― Amanda Lindhout

“The most important gift you can give anyone is honesty, and that’s what I want to do.”

― Amber Liu

“Eloquence, n. The art of orally persuading fools that white is the color that it appears to be. It includes the gift of making any color appear white.”

― Ambrose Bierce

“Forgetfulness – a gift of God bestowed upon debtors in compensation for their destitution of conscience.”

― Ambrose Bierce

“Hindi writing, as well as Hindi journalism, is a great gift to Indian writing.”

― Amitava Kumar

“I kind of – I like my life; I feel I have lots of opportunities. And my parents actually having had such high expectations for me – I would say it’s the greatest gift that anyone has ever given me. I complained a lot when I was little, but that’s how I feel now. And that’s why I tried to do the same with my two daughters.”

― Amy Chua

“Come Christmas Eve, we usually go to my mom and dad’s. Everybody brings one gift and then we play that game when we all steal it from each other. Some are really cool, others are useful and some are a bit out there.”

― Amy Grant

“Don’t make anybody a homemade gift. Unless you’re really good, or it’s going to be really practical. If it’s a little thing you think is cute ’cause you made it, just forget it.”

― Amy Sedaris

“The best gift we can have is living in the present moment and really enjoying it for what it is; and, not being in our heads and getting sidetracked.”

― Amy Smart

“I think it’s a gift to become a star, to become a celebrity.”

― Amy Smart

“Writing is an extreme privilege but it’s also a gift. It’s a gift to yourself and it’s a gift of giving a story to someone.”

― Amy Tan

“I played Liddy Dole last year and met her as well. From the artful way she phrased it, I still don’t know if she had actually seen me play her. She made it sound like it was good, but that’s just a gift they have.”

― Ana Gasteyer

“I love learning, and I think that curiosity is a wonderful gift.”

― Andie MacDowell

“I can’t see as well as I used to. Which is actually convenient because everything I see is in extremely soft focus! I think that’s God’s little gift to me.”

― Andie MacDowell

“I wanted to be a scientist. My undergraduate degree is in biology, and I really did think I might go off and be some kind of a lady Darwin someplace. It turned out that I’m really awful at science and that I have no gift for actually doing science myself. But I’m very interested in others who practice science and in the stories of science.”

― Andrea Barrett

“I don’t have an extraordinary degree of self-confidence, but I know the gift I have been given from God and I try to share it with as many people as possible. Having a great voice is not a merit. I don’t think it is a merit.”

― Andrea Bocelli

“I consider the voice a gift from the heavens, and as all the gifts from the heavens, they must be used, but the minute that the heavens call it back then of course I will stop.”

― Andrea Bocelli

“I don’t have an extraordinary degree of self-confidence, but I know the gift I have been given from God, and I try to share it with as many people as possible.”

― Andrea Bocelli

“Of what value is a mind when placed in the brain of a coward? If mind is a gift of God to man for his use, let him use it. A mind is not in use when doing no good.”

― Andrew Taylor Still

“In my view, the best gift is one that benefits both the receiver and the planet.”

― Andrew Weil

“I know it’s corny, but laughter is a two-way gift, and hearing people laugh just warms me through and through.”

― Andy Dick

“The cliche that comics always use is that whatever is happening in the news is ‘the gift that keeps on giving.’ I always thought that was a bunch of nonsense.”

― Andy Kindler

“I feel like God’s given me a gift that I want to steward and share with the world.”

― Andy Mineo

“We all have a gift; we all have a passion – it’s just about finding it and going into it. Being an asset to your family and community.”

― Angela Bassett

“My father, Leo Henry Brown, really was talented – he could write. He had a gift, and he had a great, sly humor.”

― Angie Dickinson

“I’d love to be the political voice of my generation, but that’s not my gift.”

― Anita Baker

“All good fortune is a gift of the gods, and you don’t win the favor of the ancient gods by being good, but by being bold.”

― Anita Brookner

“I think I’m lovable. That’s the gift God gave me. I don’t do anything to be lovable. I have no control.”

― Ann B. Davis

“I agree that a love of reading is a great gift for a parent to pass on to his or her child.”

― Ann Brashares

“The ability to live for five hundred years would be an incredible gift. But I greatly fear it would be a gift only for the wealthy – one that might greatly widen the gap between those with access and those without.”

― Ann Leckie

“I enjoyed singing and playing guitar but didn’t have the stamina to make music-making a career. In reality, writing was my real gift, and as soon as I figured that out I never looked back.”

― Ann Powers

“There’s no better gift to an actor than when you walk into an audition, and the casting director is your partner.”

― Annaleigh Ashford

“I was in Siena and decided I wanted to write a story set there. Then I discovered that the original story of Romeo and Juliet was set in Siena. It occurred to me that this was too much of a gift – I had to do it. That’s how I ended up writing a parallel story to Romeo and Juliet.”

― Anne Fortier

“I felt that one of the things God impressed on me was that I needed to start a nonprofit corporation, so that any money that came my way, whether it was an honorarium, a book sale or a gift, would go into a nonprofit ministry.”

― Anne Graham Lotz

“I think relationships are work, but love is a gift.”

― Anne Hathaway

“I write because writing is the gift God has given me to help people in the world.”

― Anne Lamott

“The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach – waiting for a gift from the sea.”

― Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“Life is a gift, given in trust – like a child.”

― Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“Every time you’re given a job, you’re given a gift, and if you’re flexible, you never know what’s going to happen.”

― Annie Golden

“At the end of the day, the TV show is the best job in the world. I get to go anywhere I want, eat and drink whatever I want. As long as I just babble at the camera, other people will pay for it. It’s a gift.”

― Anthony Bourdain

“I thank the Creator of the universe to have discovered the discipline of music was the greatest gift that I could have been given, the possibility to be a student working in the world.”

― Anthony Braxton

“The most amazing gift about being a novelist is that you get to pursue your curiosity every day.”

― Anthony Doerr

“I wanna change the game in way where I’m not knocking nobody out of the way, not claiming to be the best at this or that, but just doing wonders with the gift I’ve been given.”

― Anthony Hamilton

“The greatest gift that you can give yourself is a little bit of your own attention.”

― Anthony J. D’Angelo

“Charity never humiliated him who profited from it, nor ever bound him by the chains of gratitude, since it was not to him but to God that the gift was made.”

― Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“Musical practice is too young an art in America to warrant a search for men with a conductor’s gift.”

― Anton Seidl

“The ability to conduct is a gift of God with which few have been endowed in full measure.”

― Anton Seidl

“The conductor’s gift does not always go hand in hand with that of composition; indeed, the union is found much more seldom than is popularly believed.”

― Anton Seidl

“One time, I had a guy, when I was performing at Caesar’s Palace, and during the course of the show, I offered him an anniversary gift for him and his wife, and it was her watch wrapped in a little package.”

― Apollo Robbins

“Every birthday is a gift. Every day is a gift.”

― Aretha Franklin

“Being a singer is a natural gift. It means I’m using to the highest degree possible the gift that God gave me to use. I’m happy with that.”

― Aretha Franklin

“Numb3rs’ was a wonderful gift because I had not worked in six months. It was so fun to be on that set doing these crazy things.”

― Ari Graynor

“I think ‘Nick and Norah’ was a huge deal for me. It was my first foray into the studio world, and that character was such a gift.”

― Ari Graynor

“Putting is like wisdom – partly a natural gift and partly the accumulation of experience.”

― Arnold Palmer

“I believe with all my heart that America remains ‘the great idea’ that inspires the world. It is a privilege to be born here. It is an honor to become a citizen here. It is a gift to raise your family here, to vote here, and to live here.”

― Arnold Schwarzenegger

“I was always told I was special. And I was also assured that I had a gift and a purpose.”

― Ashley Judd

“I feel like everything I write about is a gift I need to share because there is somebody out there going through a similar thing that might need to hear it. I know music helped me a lot. And still does.”

― Ashley Monroe

“In high school, I had a gold 1992 Ford Explorer. It was a gift. I used to have a terrible habit of locking the keys in the car when I used leave the car running to help it start on a cold morning. I think the local locksmith became used to me calling him.”

― Ashton Eaton

“The way that we’re consuming what we watch. Netflix, binge-watching, destination agnostic were not terms. It was about networks, times, dates. Even with feature films, you had to see it this way, in this capacity, at this time. All that has changed. Now it’s really about the story. It’s a gift that I became a storyteller at this time.”

― Ava DuVernay

“Where would the memoir be without bipolar writers? I mean, that’s what – that whole oversharing thing is really a very clear symptom of bipolar disorder. And I’m not saying that every, you know, I’m not accusing every memoirist of being bipolar. But I think in a way it’s kind of a gift.”

― Ayelet Waldman

“Marriage has given me the gift of compassion.”

― Ayesha Curry

“Never lend people money you can’t afford to give them as a gift.”

― Ayobami Adebayo

“I don’t care for the music when they’re talking bad about women because I think women are God’s greatest gift to the planet – I just like music.”

― B. B. King

“Nothing is so envied as genius, nothing so hopeless of attainment by labor alone. Though labor always accompanies the greatest genius, without the intellectual gift labor alone will do little.”

― B. R. Hayden

“But somehow I feel like still it’s a gift, and I wonder, how can I give this gift to others? Just work hard, and do whatever I can do, to be that, and to return the love to the fans. I like to give them joy and smiles to them. Give back to them.”

― Bai Ling

“I guess I feel like it’s a gift to meet those talented artists like George Lucas and Oliver Stone, Spike Lee and Richard Kelly. Even if it’s a small role, it’s a gift to be working that closely with them.”

― Bai Ling

“Basically, I have a gift as an actress, and I want to present the sophisticated side of me as an actress and a person.”

― Bai Ling

“Personally, I do not know whether humankind is alone in this vast universe. But I do know that we should cherish our existence on this precious speck of matter… the greatest gift that could be bestowed upon us. For all practical purposes, there is only one planet Earth.”

― Ban Ki-moon

“Given the choice, children who don’t want for anything will not save… We have an obligation as parents to give our children what they need. What they want we can give them as a special gift, or they can save their money for it.”

― Barbara Coloroso

“My mother is an amazing woman. Not only did she manage the entire household, she noticed a gift in each of her kids and instilled confidence in all of us that that gift would take us wherever we wanted to go.”

― Barbara Corcoran

“Love’s greatest gift is its ability to make everything it touches sacred.”

― Barbara De Angelis

“Only when your consciousness is totally focused on the moment you are in can you receive whatever gift, lesson, or delight that moment has to offer.”

― Barbara De Angelis

“I just like doing silly girly things. If I wrap a gift, I like to use specials ribbon and hot glue, silk flowers and things.”

― Barbara Mandrell

“Am I old-fashioned? I think I might be. I am a lucky woman, because I was born with a priceless gift… the ability to laugh at the misfortunes of others.”

― Barry Humphries

“Love is so unconditional; love liberates; love is the reason why I do what I do, and so I think it is the greatest gift we have.”

― BeBe Winans

“I think it is a great gift to make people laugh, and it shouldn’t be underestimated.”

― Beeban Kidron

“I collect skulls; I think that a beautiful skull is a really good gift for a guy.”

― Bella Heathcote

“Inspiration is the greatest gift because it opens your life to many new possibilities. Each day becomes more meaningful, and your life is enhanced when your actions are guided by what inspires you.”

― Bernie Siegel

“I was born with a natural gift. My mother recognized the talent.”

― Bernie Worrell

“Being out there in the ocean, God’s creation, it’s like a gift He has given us to enjoy.”

― Bethany Hamilton

“I want to move people; it’s not about me. I have been given the gift of being an entertainer. I love getting to touch people’s lives.”

― Bethany Joy Lenz

“Feminism – the word – can give us a handle, a rallying point, a common ground, and help us build a bridge. Why not claim the gift of the word as a place to begin?”

― Betty Buckley

“The word, and the concept of feminism, was a gift because it gave me a sense of identity and a way of defining how I wished to live my life.”

― Betty Buckley

“My salvation was a free gift. I didn’t have to work for it and it’s better than any gold medal that I’ve ever won.”

― Betty Cuthbert

“Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.”

― Bil Keane

“It is the gift of seeing the life around them clearly and vividly, as something that is exciting in its own right. It is an innate gift, varying in intensity with the individual’s temperament and environment.”

― Bill Brandt

“September 11 impressed upon us that life is a precious gift. Every life has a purpose. And I think we all have a duty to devote at least a small portion of our daily lives to ensuring that neither America nor the world ever forgets September 11.”

― Bill Frist

“Polio’s pretty special because once you get an eradication, you no longer have to spend money on it; it’s just there as a gift for the rest of time.”

― Bill Gates

“An actress who has the gift of swaying the emotions of an audience, of compelling tribute of tears, or of moving the public to joyous merriment, cannot always be satisfied to set aside her whole career, in the work that she loves, simply because she is married.”

― Billie Burke

“I think I have a gift, but I haven’t really opened that gift yet and given it to myself.”

― Billy Boyd

“Every day is a gift from God, no matter how old we are.”

― Billy Graham

“For whatever reason, not all people are born with the particular gift of being able to express ourselves through music. And, believe me, it is a gift.”

― Billy Joel

“Once you find out that someone likes a certain game on Facebook, now you know what kind of virtual gift you can get them. You can send them a little decoration. Social games give you goals where you can help and reward your friends.”

― Bing Gordon

“I know now what this meant, that the bison were the gift of a good spirit and were our strength, but we should lose them, and from the same good spirit we must find another strength.”

― Black Elk

“Faith is different from proof; the latter is human, the former is a Gift from God.”

― Blaise Pascal

“Fragrance is a bit of a selfish gift because it’s comforting when you’re near someone and you recognize their smell.”

― Blake Lively

“I always tell myself… that the faith I have is a gift, so I shouldn’t take that for granted. And so when people are struggling and feel they have no faith at all, I shouldn’t say, ‘Well, it’s their fault.’”

― Blase J. Cupich

“Some public officials are blessed – you can’t acquire this, but you are blessed with the gift of empathy, being able to empathize with those who are suffering.”

― Bob Casey, Jr.

“It’s not that I don’t take TV seriously. I take it very seriously. But I’ve got my priorities straight. Call it my extra gift. Without it, I would be devastated every day in Hollywood.”

― Bonnie Hunt

“I’m certain that it was an incredible gift for me to not only be friends with some of the greatest blues people who’ve ever lived, but to learn how they played, how they sang, how they lived their lives, ran their marriages, and talked to their kids.”

― Bonnie Raitt

“Books! I dunno if I ever told you this, but books are the greatest gift one person can give another.”

― Bono

“Surprise is the greatest gift which life can grant us.”

― Boris Pasternak

“Plunderous is the palate I gift to you, openly I hug the universe of our friendship expanding its outer limit.”

― Bradley Chicho

“John Wells let me write a couple of West Wings, which was an incredible gift. I loved it once I got past the brain injury part of it, and so I’m working on a couple of things that are far from fruition, but what I want to pursue.”

― Bradley Whitford

“I think of talent as being God-given. I know that contradicts what a lot of people believe, but that’s how I see it. I think the Beatles were meant to be, you know? So when I listen to Paul McCartney, I think, ‘Here’s the person that God gave the gift of allowing him to write ‘Let It Be.’”

― Brandon Flowers

“It’s seen as dirty to be ambitious. What if U2 weren’t ambitious? We wouldn’t have that gift we have from them.”

― Brandon Flowers

“I’m not God’s gift to rockabilly. There’s great players out there, and some of them deserve a lot more than they’ve gotten.”

― Brian Setzer

“The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance.”

― Brian Tracy

“Love the giver more than the gift.”

― Brigham Young

“As for my mom, her biggest gift to me was teaching me I can and I must use my voice. I owe her a debt of gratitude.”

― Brooke Baldwin

“If you can give your child only one gift, let it be enthusiasm.”

― Bruce Barton

“Conceit is God’s gift to little men.”

― Bruce Barton

“Freedom is not a gift nor does it simply exist for us to have, but rather it is a sacred duty, and its blessed yield of hope is born from none other than the blood of the innocent.”

― Bryant H. McGill

“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.”

― Buddha

“I have the gift of laughter. I can make people laugh at will. In good times and in bad. And that I don’t question. It was a gift from God.”

― Buddy Hackett

“My greatest gift in life was being dyslexic. It made me special. It made me different. If I had not been dyslexic, I wouldn’t have needed sports.”

― Caitlyn Jenner

“Christmas was always a big holiday in our family. Every Christmas Eve before we’d go to bed, my mom and dad would read to us two or three stories and they would always be ‘The Happy Prince,’ ‘The Gift of the Magi’ and ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,’ and I would like to keep that alive.”

― Cameron Mathison

“The best gift I’ve ever gotten… My grandpa gave me a Polaroid camera when I was younger. It was awesome!”

― Camren Bicondova

“The best V-Day gift I’ve ever received was a personalized photo collage.”

― Candice Swanepoel

“Valor is a gift. Those having it never know for sure whether they have it till the test comes. And those having it in one test never know for sure if they will have it when the next test comes.”

― Carl Sandburg

“For me to be able to play football was a gift.”

― Carles Puyol

“’Bright Star’ has been designed and the songs have been formulated around the way that I sing. That is the biggest gift of anything.”

― Carmen Cusack

“It doesn’t matter what age you are. You can look sexy and feel great, and that doesn’t have to be a gift only for the young. It can be a gift for any age, even the old, whatever that is nowadays.”

― Carol Alt

“Every day is a gift with a child, no matter what problems you have.”

― Carol Ann Duffy

“Fortunately, most religious people accept medicine as a gift from God and reap the benefits of both realms.”

― Caroline Fraser

“I don’t want to be thought of as a survivor because you have to continue getting involved in difficult situations to show off that particular gift, and I’m not interested in doing that anymore.”

― Carrie Fisher

“Talent can be developed, gift is God-given. But artists have both.”

― Carroll O’Connor

“When a gift is difficult to give away, it becomes even more rare and precious, somehow gathering a part of the giver to the gift itself.”

― Cate Blanchett

“I may be the first actress to admit that beauty doesn’t hold you back. I think beauty is a gift that you have to make the most of. I’ve worked hard at trying to look my best.”

― Catherine Zeta-Jones

“So I like to make music, and I like to share music. This is also a gift.”

― Cecilia Bartoli

“God and my dad gave me the gift of gab. I know how to finagle.”

― Chance The Rapper

“Acknowledging someone is an act of altruism in the first place, so converting that act of altruism into a pizza party or company fleece jacket or a gift card is fine, but it’s not in keeping with spirit in which it all began.”

― Charles Best

“Donorschoose.org is the one place where somebody with $10 gets the same level of impact and feedback from the recipients that Bill Gates gets when he’s making a million-dollar gift.”

― Charles Best

“The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness rather than in its value.”

― Charles Dudley Warner

“The gift of song is just like… I think music is one of those true things in this world that is universal.”

― Charles King

“He was one of those men who possess almost every gift, except the gift of the power to use them.”

― Charles Kingsley

“If I were given the opportunity to present a gift to the next generation, it would be the ability for each individual to learn to laugh at himself.”

― Charles M. Schulz

“I’ve certainly written a lot of things that have more or less come true. But I don’t have a gift for prophecy.”

― Charles McCarry

“I wish with all my heart that you may be the most lovable prince in the world, and I bestow my gift on you as much as I am able.”

― Charles Perrault

“If you can get really good at destroying your own wrong ideas, that is a great gift.”

― Charlie Munger

“Mammograms are really sort of a gift. You can either catch something early or count your lucky stars because nothing was discovered. Either way, you’re ahead of the game.”

― Charlotte Ross

“Golf has been such a gift in my life, and I’ve enjoyed it so much and enjoyed lots of wonderful times on the golf course with my husband first, and then I got to play in all these celebrity tournaments. I’m often the only female celebrity in the tournament, hence the term ‘Token Chick.’ So it’s been such a great, great gift in my life.”

― Cheryl Ladd

“If there’s one thing I could attribute my strength to, I would say it’s the gift of laughter, which I inherited from my mother’s side.”

― China Machado

“In Western dream interpretation, it’s often connected to psychotherapy and looking at the personality and what’s going on in your life. In Eastern dream telling, many times there’s this idea of a special gift. And without this gift, you could study and study, but you’d never really become an effective dream teller.”

― Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

“Free is really, you know, the gift of Silicon Valley to the world. It’s an economic force, it’s a technical force. It’s a deflationary force, if not handled right. It is abundance, as opposed to scarcity.”

― Chris Anderson

“I really like people who have the gift of the gab. I like characters that are very eloquent, articulate and confident in what they’re saying. Especially coming off ‘Captain America,’ who’s very internal and intimate, I’d love to play someone who wears their emotions on their sleeves, potentially to a fault.”

― Chris Evans

“I understand what my gift is, which is making people laugh, hopefully. It’s more on that level. I don’t need to be a leading man, I’m fine with that.”

― Chris Kattan

“The thing I really believe deep down is that everybody has a gift for something. Our job as adults is to make sure all children have the opportunity to find their gift.”

― Chris Martin

“For people who write songs, it’s a gift you’re given. You become good at the craft, but you’re given the gift.”

― Chris Martin

“Among my dad’s generation, when you gave another man a pocketknife as a gift, it was a show of respect. I’ll still give someone the knife out of my pocket.”

― Chris Stapleton

“The sexiest thing my girlfriend has ever done for me is when she planned three full days of events, meals, and surprises for my birthday. It was like one continuous gift.”

― Chris Wood

“Shakespeare gives you these clues – these little pieces of gold dust, I call them. They tell you so much about the story, the character, the drive, the intentions. It’s like a gift.”

― Christian Camargo

“In the entertainment business, the biggest gift you could ever get is not an Oscar, it’s not a Grammy, it’s longevity.”

― Christian Kane

“If you can help guide somebody through a challenging moment because you’ve been there, that ends up becoming a great gift.”

― Christian Slater

“My mom brought me up to believe that my talent is a gift and a blessing.”

― Christina Aguilera

“Having the book-club army embrace you is a gift that keeps giving for years.”

― Christina Baker Kline

“I don’t think talent or the gift ever goes away.”

― Christine McVie

“For whatever a man has, is in reality only a gift.”

― Christoph Martin Wieland

“Really, what’s not to love in John McCain, satire-wise? As if he had not already been good enough to us, then came his nomination of Sarah Palin. Here, truly, was a gift from the gods of satire.”

― Christopher Buckley

“Well, I have a Norwegian father who emigrated to America in the 1950s, and he still speaks with varying degrees of an accent. Over my lifetime my ear has been well-tuned to that accent. Any first generation kid has that wonderful gift from their parents.”

― Christopher Heyerdahl

“In an individualistic culture, the narcissist is God’s gift to the world. In a collectivist society, the narcissist is God’s gift to the collective.”

― Christopher Lasch

“To be able to feel the lightest touch really is a gift.”

― Christopher Reeve

“Yoga has helped me to see death as more of a gift than a loss, and that has been my experience so far.”

― Christy Turlington

“Everyone has a hole inside themselves. They don’t know they had it until they have kids, and then that hole fills up. And it’s so great; it’s just God’s greatest gift to us.”

― Chuck Schumer

“I still have a book club with my friends from when I was 5. That’s the privilege of growing up in a place where people want to remain. It’s a huge gift.”

― Claire Danes

“You lose something in not being rooted, but you gain something by seeing the world differently. It’s both a loss and a gift.”

― Claire Messud

“I have healed the sick by the power of the God. I have spoken with the gift of tongues.”

― Clayton M. Christensen

“The ability to share the gospel isn’t a ‘gift’ that has been given to only a few Latter-day Saints and denied to the rest.”

― Clayton M. Christensen

“I had no idea what awaited me when I took a job with CBS Records, and it was a total surprise to find I had a gift and an ear for music.”

― Clive Davis

“The gift of working on a Robert O’Hara play is that you have to trust his language. It’s all in there. You don’t have to add one single thing.”

― Colman Domingo

“Climbing, as my grandmother said, it’s a pretty frivolous thing. She always wondered when I was going to get a real job. But climbing is a real job for me now, and I enjoy it. It’s a gift that I’m able to do it, share adventure and motivation with people.”

― Conrad Anker

“Looking back, some of the happiest moments of my childhood were spent with my arm in packets of breakfast cereal, rootling around for a free gift.”

― Craig Brown

“It’s like a god-given gift that I’ve actually been able to go out and sing my songs.”

― Craig David

“I’ve been given that gift of working with Jack Nicholson and James Coburn and certain people who just out of nowhere break into stories – talking about working with Alfred Hitchcock or Kubrick. That’s my real reward of my career.”

― Cuba Gooding, Jr.

“I’ve always liked telling stories. That probably came from my dad, who definitely had the gift of gab and who wove a kind of personal folklore about his youth – stories full of adventure and ghosts and wild antics.”

― Cullen Bunn

“You know, the point of a novel – or to me, the point of a novel, the gift of a novel is to go really deeply inside people’s lives and inside their personal experiences.”

― Curtis Sittenfeld

“My mother thinks I’m a national treasure. She’s the only one who thinks my Golden Kela award is the greatest gift ever.”

― Cyrus Broacha

“We’ve been given this great gift, this huge canvas of these beautiful books by George Martin, and the idea of telling this whole epic through to the end is incredibly compelling.”

― D. B. Weiss

“Beauty is an asset, just like physical prowess, charisma, brains or emotional intelligence. The key with any gift is in the way that you use it. It doesn’t define you as a person. Rather, it’s an asset to be used judiciously and with an understanding of how it is just a small part of who you are.”

― Dale Archer

“Almost everyone loves to eat, and when you’re able to make people feel more involved in that process, it feels really good. I think it’s an incredible gift to be able to give people.”

― Damaris Phillips

“You speak things into existence, but there’s a gift and a curse with that. You got to be careful what you say.”

― Damon Dash

“While apartheid was in operation, the set-up was a gift for writers if you were looking for a big theme.”

― Damon Galgut

“Am I a trance medium? No. Have I got a gift psychically? Absolutely not. But I believe in the survival of consciousness after death.”

― Dan Aykroyd

“I was blessed with a gift. It’s a gift and a curse. It never ends.”

― Dan Fogelberg

“The Lord has never spoken to me, but I feel Chick-fil-A has been His gift.”

― Dan T. Cathy

“Messi has a divine gift.”

― Dani Alves

“At Eleven Madison Park, instead of brioche or chocolates, we give our guests a jar of breakfast granola as a gift at the end of a meal. We also make savory granolas.”

― Daniel Humm

“Christmastime is about hope with what God did for us and with the expression of His love through the gift He gave us at Christmastime, which was Jesus… the one who heals us, who saves us, who delivers us, who is there in our darkest moments.”

― Danny Gokey

“When I was at the Royal Ballet School, I remember receiving my first eyeshadow palette from Marks & Spencer as a gift. It sparked my interest in beauty, which peaked when I became more involved in theatre and got to experience so many stunning image transformations to suit different productions.”

― Darcey Bussell

“I know a lot of people who wouldn’t be comfortable with everything that comes with being in a band as big as Nirvana. The thing that I don’t understand is not appreciating that simple gift of being able to play music.”

― Dave Grohl

“Being able to scream at the top of my lungs in front of people is very therapeutic. It is a great gift for me to be able to do that.”

― Dave Matthews

“The spirit of revelation is available to every person who receives by proper priesthood authority the saving ordinances of baptism by immersion for the remission of sins and the laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost – and who is acting in faith to fulfill the priesthood injunction to ‘receive the Holy Ghost.’”

― David A. Bednar

“Revelation is communication from God to His children on the earth and one of the great blessings associated with the gift and constant companionship of the Holy Ghost.”

― David A. Bednar

“The Holy Ghost is manifested to men and women on the earth both as the power and as the gift of the Holy Ghost. The power can come upon a person before baptism; it is the convincing witness that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer.”

― David A. Bednar

“The ordinance of confirming a new member of the Church and bestowing the gift of the Holy Ghost is both simple and profound.”

― David A. Bednar

“A fan once stopped me outside a theatre and gave me as a gift a signed photograph of Sir Laurence Olivier. It was strange, but nice, too.”

― David Alan Basche

“It was pretty extensive – we worked out 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, for 3 months, which I think is more than anybody in the Olympics. I thought well I don’t need this, the girls need it, but it was a gift.”

― David Carradine

“I would hope it’s better, but I’m actually acknowledging now that I want to explore all these levels from a whisper to a scream with this gift I’ve been given.”

― David Coverdale

“Laughter is really a gift. It’s the most vulnerable state you can be in.”

― David Dobkin

“In five cases, the Trump Foundation told the IRS that it had given a gift to a charity whose leaders told ‘The Post’ that they had never received it. In two other cases, companies listed as donors to the Trump Foundation told ‘The Post’ that those listings were incorrect.”

― David Fahrenthold

“A boatload of government money is indeed a gift. Unless, I suppose, you’re one of the saps paying for the cargo.”

― David Harsanyi

“Tobacco is America’s greatest gift to the world!”

― David Hockney

“A gift of truth is the gift of love.”

― David Icke

“We inadvertently bombed the Chinese Embassy. But Clinton now is working very hard. He has sent a letter of apology to the Chinese. And, he’s also given them a gift certificate for future nuclear secrets.”

― David Letterman

“As precious as life itself is our heritage of individual freedom, for man’s free agency is a God-given gift.”

― David O. McKay

“I’m really not interested in showing me or playing me. My gift as an actor, given to me, is to be able to become other people.”

― David Suchet

“Some friends of mine had parents who made school a treat, a gift – not something to be endured.”

― Dawn Steel

“John Rogers has an encyclopedic mind. Having John as our showrunner is the gift that keeps on giving. He knows more trivial information than anyone I’ve ever met in my entire life.”

― Dean Devlin

“I’ve always been drawn to stories involving brothers, which started with my first viewing of Sean Penn’s, ‘The Indian Runner.’ This subsequently lead to my working with my two brothers, Scott & Brad. I couldn’t imagine a greater gift in the business.”

― Dean Winters

“To know how a character will behave in any given situation is a necessity and a gift.”

― Deanna Raybourn

“When you know in your bones that your body is a sacred gift, you move in the world with an effortless grace. Gratitude and humility rise up spontaneously.”

― Debbie Ford

“I believe my love of beauty and my ability to see what works is a gift I was given by God.”

― Debbie Ford

“I had a normal life; we didn’t meet movie stars. We lived in Texas where you had rollerskates, and if you got a bicycle, that was a very big gift.”

― Debbie Reynolds

“God has blessed me with the gift of cheerfulness.”

― Deborah Raney

“A story shared back and forth is just about the most perfect symbiotic gift. It’s a bit like love. No, it’s a lot like love.”

― Deborah Wiles

“My parents always made education and school the number one priority. They believed that an education is the best gift you can give to your child.”

― Debra Messing

“Family time is the best gift for kids, and often it’s the simplest things that make the best moments.”

― Debra Stephenson

“I know that I have a voice and can use it for good or bad. It’s a gift from God.”

― Demi Lovato

“When you’re doing something you love to do, when you have a gift, it’s the most rewarding thing.”

― Dennis Edwards

“The earth is a tremendous gift. There is nothing else like it in the known universe. I want to leave it the way I found it.”

― Dennis Weaver

“To me, discomfort is a gift in the films that I’m making.”

― Derek Cianfrance

“I am grateful, you know. I have to be grateful in the sense that I feel that what I have is a gift.”

― Derek Walcott

“You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.”

― Desmond Tutu

“Children are a wonderful gift. They have an extraordinary capacity to see into the heart of things and to expose sham and humbug for what they are.”

― Desmond Tutu

“A chaplain’s biggest gift is to be present and just listen.”

― Diane Johnson

“Looking back at it now, I really feel like it was a gift because I don’t know if I have the talent to become a prima ballerina. It’s such a hard job to have. I don’t have any regrets about it.”

― Diane Kruger

“Every comic can report a few ‘gift from the gods’ moments.”

― Dick Cavett

“With every problem comes a gift in hand.”

― Dick Dale

“In Brazil, if you have a son, the first thing you give him is a football. That’s the first gift – so my dad was no different.”

― Diego Costa

“I love what I do. I was given the most incredible gift that can be given to anyone. I could never imagine a world without music, and I feel grateful that I’ve been given the ability to share that.”

― Dionne Warwick

“The best gift you can give to a girl is your devotion, not some Louboutins. But buy those if you’re busy, for sure.”

― Diplo

“Anyone who says they don’t like to receive a gift is lying.”

― Dita Von Teese

“Celebrity is a gift. I’m very lucky.”

― DJ Qualls

“Growing up, I was always enthralled by Ronnie Barker. He made my dad howl with laughter, which always intrigued me, and he had the rare gift of being as good a performer as he was a writer.”

― Dominic Holland

“The speed you have, you can’t practice it. You have to be fast from your birth on. There are other things you can practice, like flexibility or the little steps needed to stand good to the ball, but to be fast is a gift you get.”

― Dominic Thiem

“Glenn was the one who invited me to join the Eagles in 1974, and it turned out to be a gift of a lifetime to have spent so many years working side by side with him. He was funny, strong, and generous. At times, it felt like we were brothers, and at other times, like brothers, we disagreed.”

― Don Felder

“Our Constitution exists to secure individual freedom, the essential condition of human flourishing. Liberty is not provided by government; liberty preexists government. It’s our natural birthright, not a gift from the sovereign. Our founders upended things and divided power to enshrine a promise, not a process.”

― Don Willett

“In my opinion, education is the finest gift an individual can give a young person.”

― Donald Bren

“I have never planned anything. I have been doing this job for over 50 years. I have been paid to work with some wonderful people and it has been a huge gift, to me.”

― Donald Sutherland

“The storytelling gift is innate: one has it or one doesn’t. But style is at least partly a learned thing: one refines it by looking and listening and reading and practice – by work.”

― Donna Tartt

“My fire is my gift and my curse. I harness it 95% of the time, but the 5% I don’t, it works against me.”

― Draymond Green

“I love all the gift guides that the magazines put out, whether it’s ‘InStyle’ doing Mother’s Day gifts or color guides, or the ‘O’ magazine Christmas guide.”

― Dylan Lauren

“There is no reason to suppose that taste is in any way a lower sense than the other four; a fine palate is as much a gift as an eye that discerns beauty or an ear that appreciates and enjoys subtle harmonies of sound, and we are quite right to value the pleasures that all our senses give us and educate their perceptions.”

― E. F. Benson

“A woman may race to get a man a gift but it always ends in a tie.”

― Earl Wilson

“I’ve always had an aptitude for wrestling. I can’t explain it – it’s like a gift. To this day, I don’t always know how or why I do certain things.”

― Eddie Guerrero

“I remind everybody that the Sabbath was the Jewish gift to civilization.”

― Edgar Bronfman, Sr.

“Immortality is not a gift, Immortality is an achievement; And only those who strive mightily Shall possess it.”

― Edgar Lee Masters

“I don’t know if I particularly want to be remembered for anything. I personally do not think I’m a great gift to the world. I’ve been very fortunate.”

― Edmund Hillary

“Chance happens to all, but to turn chance to account is the gift of few.”

― Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

“Beauty is an outward gift which is seldom despised, except by those to whom it has been refused.”

― Edward Gibbon

“I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity.”

― Eleanor Roosevelt

“I owe Bankhead a gift; she made a director out of me.”

― Elia Kazan

“Hope is like peace. It is not a gift from God. It is a gift only we can give one another.”

― Elie Wiesel

“Mankind must remember that peace is not God’s gift to his creatures; peace is our gift to each other.”

― Elie Wiesel

“Peace is our gift to each other.”

― Elie Wiesel

“That’s an amazing gift as an actor – to be able to say I have an audience in so many countries in the world and that people know my work.”

― Elisabeth Harnois

“God answers sharp and sudden on some prayers, And thrusts the thing we have prayed for in our face, A gauntlet with a gift in it.”

― Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“I think Whitman more than any other poet possessed the gift of revealing to others the beauty of everything around us, the beauty of nature, the beauty of human beings.”

― Ella R. Bloor

“I think that’s my gift in this world is to put experience into music.”

― Elle Varner

“I was trained by Method acting teachers and we were taught that aside from whatever gift you may or may not have or the level of that gift, that you were obliged to know how to build a table. It’s a craft. It’s like being a ballerina or a violinist.”

― Ellen Barkin

“The more you head into the maelstrom, the more vulnerable you are, of course. But it’s what you owe to whatever gift you have.”

― Ellen McLaughlin

“To be in a position, at my age, where I am financially independent, I can help develop things, I can promote stuff that I believe in, I can say no a lot and spend time writing – that is a gift.”

― Ellen Page

“President Reagan achieved such successes because when you sat in a room with him, there could be over 1,000 people in the room, yet you felt like there was only the two of you, and his wonderful wit would put you at ease. That was a tremendous gift.”

― Elton Gallegly

“When Little Richard used to stand up and play it was just fabulous, and Liberace had the candlesticks and the rings and the gift of the gab. The piano’s is the most ungainly rock’ n’ roll instrument of all time but those two people transcended it, as did Jerry Lee Lewis.”

― Elton John

“The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.”

― Emile Zola

“The first time I had sat down to a meal I had grown on my own, along with a bottle of wine that we had made, I burst into tears. To be in touch and be in tune with that is an extraordinary gift.”

― Emilio Estevez

“I was never forced to go to church, and there is a lot of beauty in Christianity that I take in my life as a gift, and there is a lot of beauty in other religions. I’m kind of a spiritual mutt.”

― Emily Saliers

“Your life story is a gift, and it should be treated as such.”

― Emily V. Gordon

“I would say I have sort of a natural gift for character, and following one person’s point of view at a time, and dialogue, but I’m not naturally good at strong plot.”

― Emma Donoghue

“I look at my voice and my abilities as a gift. I don’t feel that I can even take any credit for it, but it’s such a huge presence in my life. It is my life. It’s my identity, it’s everything. And it’s given me a great deal of joy and a sense of purpose – I can’t imagine my life without it.”

― Emmylou Harris

“In playing, I suppose my greatest gift was to express the way I felt or the willingness to express myself.”

― Eric Clapton

“Well, I think part of my gift, or if I have one, is that I love listening.”

― Eric Clapton

“The nature of human beings is to eat meat and fruits and vegetables, and therefore we have to kill animals. I don’t have a problem with that. But it’s a sacred moment. It’s a gift of life.”

― Eric Ripert

“Reading is such a personal thing to me. I’d much rather give someone a gift certificate to a bookstore, and let that person choose his or her own books.”

― Erik Larson

“When you meditate or pray… both are forms of meditation… you give up control and find the answer and you open yourself to receive God’s gift, the universal force, or whatever that is.”

― Erin Gray

“Guilt: the gift that keeps on giving.”

― Erma Bombeck

“Education is our greatest opportunity to give an irrevocable gift to the next generation.”

― Ernie Fletcher

“What I work hard at doing is staying on a path of being kind and showing and proving that I’m a good person to society. That’s hard. The talent, that’s a gift. I just came here like that.”

― Erykah Badu

“I consider my musical ability to be a gift from the Creator. It’s not that I try to work hard or nothing like that, it’s a gift, it was given to me, and I appreciate it.”

― Erykah Badu

“I think it’s an actor’s gift to be as old as people think you are.”

― Essie Davis

“I talked with Brian Stokes Mitchell, who agreed with me that if you have a gift there is always stuff to do.”

― Estelle Parsons

“The wisdom acquired with the passage of time is a useless gift unless you share it.”

― Esther Williams

“One of my favorite pieces of fan mail was a gift that I got. It was a jar filled with handwritten nice thoughts.”

― Ethan Slater

“I get asked, ‘What do you miss most about being a pastor?’ I think it’s the intimacy, the incredible gift of intimacy. You go through death with somebody, with their families, and there’s an intimacy that comes through that that is just incomparable.”

― Eugene H. Peterson

“When I design something, I think of it as a gift to somebody else.”

― Eva Zeisel

“Godly sorrow is a gift of the Spirit. It is a deep realization that our actions have offended our Father and our God. It is the sharp and keen awareness that our behavior caused the Savior, He who knew no sin, even the greatest of all, to endure agony and suffering.”

― Ezra Taft Benson

“What a gift it would be to receive at Christmastime a greater knowledge of the Lord. What a gift it would be to share that knowledge with others.”

― Ezra Taft Benson

“I’ll tell you something: my dad was a nuclear engineer and he was really bright, and I’ve always said that because of negotiating at such a young age with my dad, it was really such a gift because I could then negotiate with very difficult personalities – and not end up being the scapegoat. I learned to really pick and choose my battles.”

― Faith Prince

“It was my husband who had to open all the baby shower gifts which were haunting me in their candy-colored gift wrap – thank you notes demanding to be written.”

― Faith Salie

“I have the gift of the gab, can talk and perform, but so can others. I can only attribute it to the fact that somebody up there likes me: it’s remote-controlled by God.”

― Fawad Khan

“Though everything else may appear shallow and repulsive, even the smallest task in music is so absorbing, and carries us so far away from town, country, earth, and all worldly things, that it is truly a blessed gift of God.”

― Felix Mendelssohn

“Sketching is almost everything. It is the painter’s identity, his style, his conviction, and then color is just a gift to the drawing.”

― Fernando Botero

“Just to eat is a gift.”

― Ferran Adria

“Adulthood is not a goal. It’s not seen as a gift.”

― Frances McDormand

“Parents are supposed to instruct their kids. It doesn’t mean they necessarily have that gift of teaching.”

― Francis Chan

“I have always been an admirer. I regard the gift of admiration as indispensable if one is to amount to something; I don’t know where I would be without it.”

― Francois de La Rochefoucauld

“As it is the characteristic of great wits to say much in few words, so small wits seem to have the gift of speaking much and saying nothing.”

― Francois de La Rochefoucauld

“I further value this gift as it gave me an opportunity to accept this distinguished honor in a country so devoted to this cause and whose history marks a wonderful chapter in world development.”

― Frank B. Kellogg

“I’ve written some great things. That’s a gift, but there’s consequences. Yeah, you get this great work, but you suffer. You really, really suffer.”

― Frank Ocean

“Moviemaking is just really neat, and I really like doing that. I’d like to get into it more, but in terms of my role in all of this and in terms of the gift that God has given me, I had to come to the conclusion that my strength is as a storyteller, creating the story.”

― Frank Peretti

“To give somebody your time is the biggest gift you can give.”

― Franka Potente

“Don’t be afraid to see the gift and talent you have, because that thing could lead to a substantial career for you. Because we all do something as good or better than most people.”

― Frankie Faison

“Well, because I have twin seven-year-old boys, I enjoy the gift giving stuff a great deal. We do both Hanukkah and Christmas, so it is a costly, though extremely pleasing proposition.”

― Fred Melamed

“One of the most important gifts a parent can give a child is the gift of accepting that child’s uniqueness.”

― Fred Rogers

“People who have given us their complete confidence believe that they have a right to ours. The inference is false, a gift confers no rights.”

― Friedrich Nietzsche

“I don’t just write hits for myself, or for other artists, or to just be writing it. I write it because I was born to do this. I was given this gift, and I’m making the most of my opportunity.”

― Future

“’A Course in Miracles’ has been one of my great teachers. I still study ‘The Course’ daily. It’s like a gift that keeps on giving.”

― Gabrielle Bernstein

“For humans, gift giving is a universal ritual laden with evolutionary implications.”

― Gad Saad

“A book is a gift you can open again and again.”

― Garrison Keillor

“Reverie is not a mind vacuum. It is rather the gift of an hour which knows the plenitude of the soul.”

― Gaston Bachelard

“The thought of buying a gift and wrapping is too much of an effort for me.”

― Gauri Khan

“It is in the gift for employing all the vicissitudes of life to one’s own advantage and to that of one’s craft that a large part of genius consists.”

― Georg C. Lichtenberg

“I was born with a great gift, and sometimes with that comes a destructive streak.”

― George Best

“If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give.”

― George MacDonald

“Greece has given Europe the opportunity to fix a defect in the euro zone, that is the fact that we did not have a fiscal union. Now steps have been taken to begin that process. And there is more solidarity from nation to nation, and that is a good thing. That has been Greece’s gift to Europe.”

― George Papandreou

“My grandmother lived to 104 years old, and part of her success was she woke up every morning to a brand new day. She said every morning is a new gift. Her favorite hobby was collecting birthdays.”

― George Takei

“I’ve been an activist since my late teens. I take this very seriously and try to use the gift that’s been given to me – access to the media – as positively as I can.”

― George Takei

“My gift, if I have one, is choosing terrific talent and providing the atmosphere for them to do their best work.”

― Geraldine Stutz

“God gives you the gift of melody or He doesn’t – it’s as simple as that.”

― Gian Carlo Menotti

“I really don’t think I have that much of the gift; I have a little bit, but I wish I were Schubert or Chopin or Beethoven, though Beethoven had a very difficult time writing melody, too.”

― Gian Carlo Menotti

“Tomorrow is no man’s gift.”

― Gilbert Parker

“While we have the gift of life, it seems to me the only tragedy is to allow part of us to die – whether it is our spirit, our creativity or our glorious uniqueness.”

― Gilda Radner

“I know it is a somewhat delicate matter to refuse a gift, but in this case the statue is so atrocious that every endeavour should be made to keep it out of the church.”

― Giles Gilbert Scott

“The most important thing in anyone’s life is to be giving something. The quality I can give is fun and joy and happiness. This is my gift.”

― Ginger Rogers

“Questions are like gifts – it’s the thought behind them that the receiver really feels. We have to know the receiver to give the right gift and to ask the right question. Generic gifts and questions are all right, but personal gifts and questions feel better.”

― Glennon Doyle Melton

“Nature did not gift us with a mighty Mekong like Thailand and Vietnam, with their vast and naturally fertile plains. Nature instead put our islands ahead of our neighbours in the path of typhoons from the Pacific.”

― Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

“There’s no greater gift than thinking that you had some impact on the world, for the better.”

― Gloria Steinem

“So many times I should’ve stopped or could’ve stopped and didn’t stop… So many kinds of people can get depressed and sad, and you know what? Everyone has that talent, that gift.”

― GloZell

“I got Elliott Smith’s photography book as a gift before. The publisher of that book’s logo were glasses, and those glasses came to my mind when I was thinking of having a tattoo.”

― Go Ah-sung

“For the will and not the gift makes the giver.”

― Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

“For me, a diva is like the great opera singer, the great film star – out of reach, in their own world, with a real gift for invention: attention-demanding performance artists with a flamboyant, compelling sense of their own importance so special and inimitable it verges on the alien.”

― Grace Jones

“It’s amazing how I can just ramble on for hours, isn’t it? And so unentertaining or uninteresting. But I can ramble on for hours. It’s a sort of terrible gift, isn’t it?”

― Graham Norton

“Christopher Hitchens was a wit, a charmer, and a troublemaker, and to those who knew him well, he was a gift from – dare I say it – God.”

― Graydon Carter

“The single overriding objective in wellness is creating constant personal renewal where we recognize and act on the truth that each day is a miraculous gift, and our job is to untie the ribbons. That’s the Law of Esprit: living life with joy.”

― Greg Anderson

“That’s part of what always fascinated me about the Flash. Yes, he had superpowers, but he wasn’t superhuman. He was vulnerable. He could be hurt or killed. He’s not getting in a jet. He actually is the jet. So he had this gift, but with it came this risk. And I think that’s what makes the character relatable.”

― Greg Berlanti

“I work with gang members, and I feel a kind of affinity and gift, even. But who would’ve thunk it, you know? I mean, I didn’t anticipate it.”

― Greg Boyle

“It was actually a very nice little book done by a gift book company. They illustrated it with pictures from 1920s football, before there were face guards.”

― Gregg Easterbrook

“You can love someone but not want to keep a gift from that person. It’s okay to pass an item along to someone who will appreciate it more.”

― Gretchen Rubin

“Melodic invention is one of the surest signs of a divine gift.”

― Gustav Mahler

“Writing is never, ever easy but I wake up every morning grateful for the gift of being able to do this.”

― Guy Gavriel Kay

“A lot of the players are not involved with any NHL team, so to play and travel around with the Oldtimers’ it’s a kind of gift that the players really appreciate.”

― Guy Lafleur

“Free people make the only milieu possible in society for the full gift of one’s self to church, state, and family. Free people enjoy and sustain and feel with one another because they live for one another. The paths of life are intermingled lives.”

― Haniel Long

“I got the Fire Stick as a gift at the Amazon Emmys after-party in 2015, and because I haven’t lived in a house with cable television since I lived with my parents as a child, I’ve just streamed everything. I can afford cable. I have a television. But I only stream things.”

― Hari Nef

“The gift of broadcasting is, without question, the lowest human capacity to which any man could attain.”

― Harold Nicolson

“I knew Charlie Parker, and he gave us such a gift with his music. He put so much into so little space, and it was tragic that he died so young.”

― Harry Belafonte

“I’ve always known I was gifted, which is not the easiest thing in the world for a person to know, because you’re not responsible for your gift, only for what you do with it.”

― Hazel Scott

“Not only did Jesus come as a universal gift, He came as an individual offering with a personal message to each one of us.”

― Heber J. Grant

“Toleration is the greatest gift of the mind; it requires the same effort of the brain that it takes to balance oneself on a bicycle.”

― Helen Keller

“I know a man who doesn’t pay to have his trash taken out. How does he get rid of his trash? He gift wraps it, and puts in into an unlocked car.”

― Henny Youngman

“Our glory is hidden in our pain, if we allow God to bring the gift of himself in our experience of it.”

― Henri Nouwen

“Every child of Heavenly Father born in the world is given at birth, as a free gift, the Light of Christ.”

― Henry B. Eyring

“My years with failing vision have prompted me to learn about the nature of the eye and the incredible gift of sight, which I had always taken for granted until it began to slip away.”

― Henry Grunwald

“To burn a CDR of music you like to give as a gift to someone you wish to become closer to is a cold, moist-palmed, mouth-breathing bummer.”

― Henry Rollins

“If the country is going to be great, everybody has a gift, and I tell every child I meet, whether they have asked me or not, ‘You have greatness inside you, and your job is to figure out what that is, dig it out, and give it to the world. Because the world needs everything, every one of you.’”

― Henry Winkler

“The greatest gift that an actor can have is good scripts because then you’re relieved of the responsibility of trying to elevate the material.”

― Holt McCallany

“Cease to inquire what the future has in store, and take as a gift whatever the day brings forth.”

― Horace

“Trump’s hobbled vocabulary is now the incontestable stuff of comedy: not just how few his words but how narrow their range, from boastful to irked and back again. For satirists and impressionists, a president who addresses the American people in abbreviated tweetspeak is a gift.”

― Howard Jacobson

“The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it.”

― Hubert H. Humphrey

“While salvation is a free gift, the ‘winning Christ’ can only be through unreserved consecration and unquestioning obedience. Nor is this a hardship, but the highest privilege.”

― Hudson Taylor

“The thing is, people can’t complain about profit-oriented moves if they’re only interested in profit themselves. You can’t have it both ways. If they’re willing to polish up a gift and sell it to make money, they can’t really complain about the fact that somebody above them has sold them down the river. That’s the way it goes.”

― Ian MacKaye

“When the ‘godfather of punk’ thing started floatin’ around, it was, I was really, really embarrassed. I thought I should have a great, big rig and a cape and everything, and it was very embarrassing. And then after a while, you learn that if people call you anything, this is a great gift.”

― Iggy Pop

“Everybody has their cross to bear, and everybody has their issues. But it still never once occurred to me that I’m not as good as everyone else. And that’s a gift I wish I could give to every girl.”

― Iliza Shlesinger

“Being attractive, it’s not something I do consciously. It’s incredibly flattering that people think I appeal to women. But that was a gift from my parents.”

― Ioan Gruffudd

“Harry Potter to me is a bore. His talent arrives as a gift; he’s chosen. Who can identify with that? But Hermione – she’s working harder than anyone, she’s half outsider, right? Half Muggle. She shouldn’t be there at all. It’s so unfair that Harry’s the star of the books, given how hard she worked to get her powers.”

― Ira Glass

“For an actress there is no greater gift than having a camera in front of you, listening to the most beautiful music in the world and just being looked at!”

― Isabelle Huppert

“My greatest gift that I have in life is basketball.”

― Isaiah Thomas

“That’s the goal, to survive your gift.”

― Itzhak Perlman

“An amazing gift in a young child is, in some ways, an abnormality.”

― Itzhak Perlman

“I’ve got two Rolexes that I’m very proud of – a gold Presidential that was a gift and a white gold one I gifted myself. I’m trying to step my game up and get a few more of those.”

― J. Cole

“I’ve always been able to write. I’ve always been able to put a good essay in or say whatever I wanted to say through the pen. That was a gift of mine. I feel like it was what I was meant to do.”

― J.I.D

“The gift of sobriety is clarity and a sense of connection – and travel only enhances that.”

― J. Maarten Troost

“Can there be any other gift in the world greater than the blessings and goodwill of people?”

― Jackie Shroff

“I wanted to go to acting school, and I did a few modeling jobs to pay for acting school. I never aspired to be a model. I met lots of photographers, and I learned a lot about light – as a source of love and illumination, light as a gift of love. On film, that’s a massive contribution.”

― Jacqueline Bisset

“To be allowed to come back to WWE is the greatest gift that’s ever been given to me. Back in the day, I never appreciated what WWE had given me, because I was in too much disarray and too confused about my own life. I let opportunities foolishly slip through my hands.”

― Jake Roberts

“Corruption in Saudi Arabia is quite different from corruption in most other countries, as it is not limited to a ‘bribe’ in return for a contract, or expensive gift for the family member of a government official or prince, or use of a private jet that is charged to the government so a family can go on vacation.”

― Jamal Khashoggi

“How many McDonald’s gift certificates would it take to sway a lot of Americans to pledge to never publicly criticize the U.S, President?”

― James Bovard

“The most astonishing joy is to receive from the muses the gift of a whole lyric.”

― James Broughton

“God gives us intelligence to uncover the wonders of nature. Without the gift, nothing is possible.”

― James Clavell

“I believe that every person’s individual testimony of Jesus as the Christ comes as a spiritual gift. No one can successfully dispute or challenge it because it is so personal a gift to the one to whom it has been given.”

― James E. Faust

“Latter-day Saints, having received the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands, are entitled to personal inspiration in the small events of life as well as when they are confronted with the giant Goliaths of life.”

― James E. Faust

“Free agency, given us through the plan of our Father, is the great alternative to Satan’s plan of force. With this sublime gift, we can grow, improve, progress, and seek perfection.”

― James E. Faust

“The transcendent gift of the Holy Ghost, along with membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is bestowed by confirmation, by the laying on of hands by those having priesthood authority.”

― James E. Faust

“I have never received a flute from them for free and I would not accept such a gift from any manufacturer.”

― James Galway

“Humor is the most precious gift I can give to my reader, a reminder that the world is not such a terribly serious place. There is more than video games and drugs and nuclear threats; there is laughter, and there is hope.”

― James Howe

“Nothing is a matter of course when you get to do your own thing. It’s always a gift that can stop giving and probably will.”

― James L. Brooks

“The joy of Christmas causes hundreds of radio stations around the country to play Christmas music all day, and people will exchange millions of gifts to remember the first gift of Christmas, the infant Jesus.”

― James Lankford

“I am thrilled to receive the Sondheim Award from the wonderful Signature Theatre. I have already received the invaluable gift of over twenty-five years of collaboration and friendship with Steve. Now I get to have his award, too!”

― James Lapine

“I try to be grateful for the abundance of the blessings that I have, for the journey that I’m on and to relish each day as a gift.”

― James McGreevey

“I thought I was God’s gift to mankind and the greatest Irishman since George Best.”

― James Nesbitt

“When I did the film ‘Hear My Voice’ a few years ago, I disappeared fully up my own backside for a while. Because I thought my career was taking off, I became a bit of an egomaniac and a pain in the neck. I thought I was God’s gift to mankind and the greatest Irishman since George Best.”

― James Nesbitt

“Each of us has a gift, a talent, that we can offer to the world that makes the world essentially a better place.”

― James Redfield

“Being in the studio is okay but sitting in a room by yourself composing is a discipline that takes a certain type of mind set and Tommy has a great gift for that as did the previous guy.”

― James Young

“There are a lot of scientists or other people who can be very skeptical or rational within their field, but they may well not do that in other aspects of their lives, when it comes to things like religion, or what have you. People have this amazing gift for being selective with their curiosity and skepticism.”

― Jamie Hyneman

“I thought my life was mapped out. Research, living in the forest, teaching and writing. But in ’86 I went to a conference and realised the chimpanzees were disappearing. I had worldwide recognition and a gift of communication. I had to use them.”

― Jane Goodall

“Becoming a CoverGirl is truly an honor and a gift. It opens up a new platform for me to inspire women to feel stronger, braver and more beautiful inside and out.”

― Janelle Monae

“Water is at the center of every chemical reaction, and therefore should be the earth’s most precious gift.”

― Janine Benyus

“Most of the most successful films Blumhouse has made have been rejected by everyone else. No one wanted to make ‘Get Out.’ Nobody. Nobody wanted to make ‘The Purge.’ I think it was floating around for three years before it came to us. Nobody wanted to make ‘The Gift,’ when it was a script called ‘Weirdo.’”

― Jason Blum

“I just never really understood the reason I understood movies so well, and I didn’t realize that me being such a people-watcher was even a gift at all.”

― Jason Mitchell

“I’ve realized the person that I’ve always been and this gift that I’ve always had just had to be brought to light. It surprised me the most that being more who I am and not who I thought I had to be would make me successful.”

― Jason Mitchell

“Gratitude is one of the greatest gifts we can give. And it’s not a gift we often give to children. We expect it of them, but we don’t necessarily give it back.”

― Jason Reynolds

“Personally, I’ve always been a philanthropist. I’ve always given away turkeys and did gift giveaways.”

― JaVale McGee

“The good thing about being an actor, and the gift of being an actor, is that you are beautifully forced to see the world with different eyes.”

― Javier Bardem

“But most importantly, we can all be donors. It does not matter how old you are, your race, where you live; all of us can give the gift of life.”

― Jay Inslee

“The best comedians and the best rappers can make you laugh and can make you cry… I believe I’ve been blessed with that gift to make you do just that.”

― Jay Pharoah

“Making people laugh is the greatest gift you can give, so I’m never going to stop that.”

― Jay Pharoah

“Love is, above all, the gift of oneself.”

― Jean Anouilh

“Many of us, if pressed, would admit that we’d prefer a cash gift to another pair of pajamas or bestselling novel. But giving the green can make even the best of us uncomfortable – the etiquette is confusing, and those who relish picking out the perfect something can miss some of the fun.”

― Jean Chatzky

“No purchase is so urgent, no bargain so rare, that you don’t have time to research it thoroughly, despite what they might have you believe. This applies, in particular, to infomercials that urge you to ‘Call now, while supplies last,’ or ‘Call in the next 10 minutes for a free gift.’”

― Jean Chatzky

“I know it’s exciting to get an item on sale. But if you’re buying for the discounts and not because it’s something you need or want – either for yourself or for a gift – you’re going about things the wrong way. Think of it this way: Saving 30% is great, but if you didn’t buy at all, you’d be saving 100%, which is even better.”

― Jean Chatzky

“The great gift of conversation lies less in displaying it ourselves than in drawing it out of others. He who leaves your company pleased with himself and his own cleverness is perfectly well pleased with you.”

― Jean de la Bruyere

“We are born weak, we need strength; helpless, we need aid; foolish, we need reason. All that we lack at birth, all that we need when we come to man’s estate, is the gift of education.”

― Jean-Jacques Rousseau

“I think architecture has to be a gift.”

― Jean Nouvel

“There are souls in this world which have the gift of finding joy everywhere and of leaving it behind them when they go.”

― Jean Paul

“We all have our baggage, and I think the trick is not resisting it but accepting it, understanding that the worst experience has a valuable gift wrapped inside if you’re willing to receive it.”

― Jeannette Walls

“Books are my very favorite gift to give. If you give a book to someone and they really respond to it, you feel you’ve actually changed their life in some way.”

― Jeannette Walls

“The best gift I could give my father would be to represent India in the Olympics. If I can do that in 2016, and even win a medal, it will be fantastic.”

― Jeev Milkha Singh

“If I were put into a college lecture hall right now and told to pay attention for 45 minutes, it would be physically impossible for me to do. I’m one of those people who believe that ADD is a gift. It’s tough to manage, but if you can harness it you can do great things.”

― Jeff Kinney

“There’s a rhythm and a cadence in a scene, and when an actor understands without any real direction from you, then that’s a very valuable gift. And some people get it, and some people don’t.”

― Jeff Nichols

“To have a drama teacher as a mentor was just like, ‘Oh, what a gift.’”

― Jeff Perry

“Learning to live with not meeting other people’s expectations has been extremely freeing and is the only gift I wish to pass on to any future offspring.”

― Jenna Wortham

“Being able to stay with a character over the course of years is a gift.”

― Jennifer Hale

“When I meet young girls, I’m always like, ‘Just do me one favour. Love what you look like right now – and remember I said it 10 years from now because it’s the greatest gift I can give.’”

― Jennifer Love Hewitt

“For me, I was given a great gift by my father and my mother in that I was never told any idea was bad. I was told I could explore any thought as long as I wasn’t hurting someone else.”

― Jennifer Lynch

“It’s a real gift to work with my sister. We obviously have such a shorthand communicating with each other that it makes the process easier. And from growing up together and watching so many films together, we ended up with pretty similar taste.”

― Jennifer Todd

“The worst gift that I ever gave a girl was a suitcase for Christmas. As in, ‘I can’t think of anything to give you, but here’s a new suitcase.’ Afterward, I was like, ‘What were you thinking, idiot?’”

― Jensen Ackles

“Michael is a gift from Allah, and he is taking him back. The world didn’t appreciate him.”

― Jermaine Jackson

“The Beatles created something that never trailed off. What a gift that was to their fans. If you’re into the Beatles, you loved them from beginning to end.”

― Jerry Seinfeld

“The Openbucks Gift Card Payment Network taps into a whole new market of consumers that either by choice or due to limited resources may not have been able to previously buy goods online.”

― Jerry Yang

“I cling to the idea that Herman Melville had to work at the end of his career watching ships in a dock, as a shipping agent in New York. Any writer who thinks they should be given patronage because of their gift… you don’t have to look too far in history to see that’s just not the case.”

― Jess Walter

“The crucial thing in any work of any kind is that it must be a gift – the reader must possess it even more than the person who wrote it. It must be given completely.”

― Jesse Ball

“Every role that I play is a gift and is something that I approach differently.”

― Jesse Johnson

“I’ve actually been given a great gift. When I walk into an audition with a director, I’m carrying no baggage. They haven’t seen me in anything, even though I’ve done nine films.”

― Jessica Chastain

“The best gift a fan could give me is undeniable support.”

― Jessie J

“The best gift I was ever given was the arts. My mum gave me those on a silver platter. Growing up, her and my grandmother would take me to ballets, classical concerts, even smoky jazz clubs I wasn’t supposed to be in!”

― Jill Scott

“It’s not listed in the Bible, but my spiritual gift, my specific calling from God, is to be a television talk-show host.”

― Jim Bakker

“For ‘The Gift of Stones,’ I spent an afternoon chasing a flock of Canadian geese.”

― Jim Crace

“Give whatever you are doing and whoever you are with the gift of your attention.”

― Jim Rohn

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.”

― Jim Valvano

“I have a gift: I’m very lucky to be able to spot when a person is special.”

― Jimmy Iovine

“The greatest gift children can give you is that, for the first time, you’re not the center of your own universe.”

― JJ Feild

“My husband has a gift for reaching out to people in need. I always look over and see him connecting to someone who needs to talk or needs some support.”

― Jodi Benson

“The greatest gift is the ability to forget – to forget the bad things and focus on the good.”

― Joe Biden

“I was born with the gift.”

― Joe Namath

“If I had the gift of Jerry Seinfeld, of Bill Cosby, of Lewis Black, these instinctively brilliant comic minds, then you go that route! But you gotta know your limitations. I’m more of an actor, more of a process guy. I did Tom Snyder, just as Danny Aykroyd did on ‘SNL.’ I did it in the club.”

― Joe Piscopo

“Well, really the way worked was that I had probably built fifty robots before Mystery Science Theater, and I had sold them in a store in Minneapolis in a store called Props, which was kind of a high end gift shop.”

― Joel Hodgson

“The older I get, the better I understand that every day is a gift.”

― Joel Osteen

“I try to live what I teach. A lot of things come against us in life, but we should try to find something to be grateful for, and see each day as a gift.”

― Joel Osteen

“Salvation and Christ’s love is a gift. You don’t earn it. You’ve got to receive that gift.”

― Joel Osteen

“Playing drums is how I communicate. It’s how I speak to people. That’s my God-given gift.”

― Joey Jordison

“Occasionally, we are given a reminder of how precious a gift it is to understand the plan of salvation.”

― John Bytheway

“Just as a puppy can be more of a challenge than a gift, so too can the holidays.”

― John Clayton

“I believe that we are here for each other, not against each other. Everything comes from an understanding that you are a gift in my life – whoever you are, whatever our differences.”

― John Denver

“I would so much like young people to have a sense of the gift that they are. Not many of them feel like that.”

― John Denver

“The United States invented the Internet and it has been our gift to the world, paid for by our taxpayers. The U.N.’s desire to take that gift as a means of increasing its power must be stopped.”

― John Doolittle

“The worst gift I have ever gotten on Christmas is going to see Tim Allen in ‘The Santa Clause.’”

― John Gourley

“I am willing to believe, but I do not have the gift of faith. I’m skeptical.”

― John Gregory Dunne

“A dog is the greatest gift a parent can give a child. OK, a good education, then a dog.”

― John Grogan

“One can always come up with funny lists and jokes. You know what? I take it back. Not everyone can always come up with funny lists and some jokes. I’m very lucky to have a gift where I can do that pretty ably.”

― John Hodgman

“I think you can get better in mathematics on a school level, but when you’re talking about being a mathematician, I think that’s definitely a gift of genes or whatever, you know? Whatever your pool is.”

― John Hurt

“Benevolence alone will not make a teacher, nor will learning alone do it. The gift of teaching is a peculiar talent, and implies a need and a craving in the teacher himself.”

― John Jay Chapman

“I’m honestly not a great gift giver. I could give better – my girlfriends have always complained about that.”

― John Legend

“It’s not a gift of mine, but one given to me, to be able to criticise myself and not be crushed, by myself or by others.”

― John Malkovich

“I know that those of us who go into church work are to regard ourselves as servants, are to offer our lives as a gift.”

― John Ortberg

“I have given up the idea that there is an opposition-free church out there. But I have gained something else – an appreciation for the gift of opposition. When it comes, I learn something about my motives. When it comes, I get to test my courage.”

― John Ortberg

“When I visited Ireland with my father and heard the people on the farm talking, I couldn’t believe the gift of language they had. I felt very untalented.”

― John Patrick Shanley

“When done correctly, gift and loyalty cards can improve your cash flow, acquire and retain customers, and increase your overall brand presence.”

― John Rampton

“There is no better gift a society can give children than the opportunity to grow up safe and free – the chance to pursue whatever dreams they may have.”

― John Roberts

“Every great person is always being helped by everybody; for their gift is to get good out of all things and all persons.”

― John Ruskin

“I want my kids to have a life like I did growing up. The greatest gift I was given in life was from my parents. Though I can’t match them, I’d like to be that kind of parent.”

― John Stockton

“The rudest possible gift is a gift card. It means you think the person is stupid and has no interests. The only good gift card is Bitcoin. You practically have to be a hacker to know about it.”

― John Waters

“I remember when I first went to the Baltimore Museum of Art and I bought this little Moreau print in the gift shop. I took it home, and I was, like, 12 years old or something.”

― John Waters

“I’ve had the honor and the pleasure and gift of having known Elizabeth Taylor for a number of years. You know, you sit down with her, she slings hash, she sits there and cusses like a sailor, and she’s hilarious.”

― Johnny Depp

“I actually have a pig collection in my cabin: all types of old wood hand-carved pigs that my mom started for me as a housewarming gift.”

― Johnny Iuzzini

“A thoughtful piece of criticism by somebody who understands the context of what you are doing is a tremendous gift and honor to read, even if they don’t completely embrace your work.”

― Jon Favreau

“Most Americans acquire dogs impulsively and for dubious reasons: as a Christmas gift for the kids. Because they saw one in a movie. To match the new living-room furniture. Because they moved to the suburbs and see a dog as part of the package.”

― Jon Katz

“The greatest gift of leadership is a boss who wants you to be successful.”

― Jon Taffer

“The gift of giving and paying it forward has always been traits I consider to be invaluable.”

― Jon Taffer

“Democracy is an extraordinary adventure. It’s difficult, full of daring and risk and danger. But it’s the greatest gift we have.”

― Jon Voight

“It is a gift to be a teenager, and I see a dad’s job as lifeguard, not chaperone.”

― Jonathan Franklin

“There’s kind of a gift in being gay because, if you come out, you’re forced to express yourself.”

― Jonathan Groff

“Some people have the gift where they can just sing. I don’t have the fail-safe voice, so it has to be something that I need to sing about.”

― Jonathan Groff

“I think acting is a gift.”

― Jonathan Jackson

“I think acting is a gift. I look at someone like Ben Kingsley, and he’s incredibly charismatic, even when he’s not acting. He’s an incredibly hard worker, and he has a very specific system that he does with his work.”

― Jonathan Jackson

“There is no greater gift than time.”

― Jonathan Safran Foer

“In some ways, my gift for music and writing was born out of tragedy, really, and loss.”

― Joni Mitchell

“The highly functional infrastructure that surrounds us, particularly in the West, is a gift from our ancestors: the comparatively uncorrupt political and economic systems, the technology, the wealth, the lifespan, the freedom, the luxury, and the opportunity.”

― Jordan Peterson

“Talent is a gift that brings with it an obligation to serve the world, and not ourselves, for it is not of our making.”

― Jose Marti

“The gift of the Holy Ghost, which is the right to receive the Holy Ghost as a constant companion, is obtained only upon condition of faith in Christ, repentance, baptism by immersion, and the laying on of hands by authorized servants endowed with the Melchizedek Priesthood.”

― Joseph B. Wirthlin

“There will be no misgiving, no shrinking back, no calculation of overpowering odds, no terror of possible consequences, if you frankly accept the gift which God offers you tomorrow.”

― Joseph Barber Lightfoot

“The holidays are a way to get away from the pain of the year, creating something people can laugh at. That’s a gift.”

― Josh Gordon

“My humor is my creativity, and my skepticism is a gift.”

― Josh Tillman

“The coolest gift I’ve ever gotten from a fan was from the Franklin Mint. It was a knife, and it had a picture of General Wade Hampton, who my oldest son is named after. It’s a collector’s item and came with a case and a stand and everything.”

― Josh Turner

“We often talk about people with great memories as though it were some sort of an innate gift, but that is not the case. Great memories are learned. At the most basic level, we remember when we pay attention. We remember when we are deeply engaged.”

― Joshua Foer

“I look upon life as a gift from God. I did nothing to earn it. Now that the time is coming to give it back, I have no right to complain.”

― Joyce Cary

“When you decide you’re going to join a project, it’s all about the gift you’re giving the audience.”

― Joyce DeWitt

“I really felt that ‘Three’s Company’ was a gift. When it ended, I had money in the bank and had the luxury to pursue a life that meant something, to learn and discover.”

― Joyce DeWitt

“I know that every time I step on the stage it’s a real gift, so I try not to take it for granted, and I try to make it an experience that the public can really participate in.”

― Joyce DiDonato

“We all face storms in life. Some are more difficult than others, but we all go through trials and tribulation. That’s why we have the gift of faith.”

― Joyce Meyer

“Every day is a gift from God. Learn to focus on the Giver and enjoy the gift!”

― Joyce Meyer

“I consider wisdom supernatural because it isn’t taught by men – it’s a gift from God.”

― Joyce Meyer

“I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you.”

― Joyce Meyer

“Being a TV star is a great gift. Everyone treats you royally.”

― Judy Sheindlin

“Some people just come in, do it and they know it’s right. It turns out better than you imagined it was going to sound. When that happens, you take it as a gift.”

― Jules Shear

“It is so gratifying to hear from people who look up to you and see you in these places that they never thought they could ever dream to be. It’s emotional. You really feel like you’re opening up people’s minds, who otherwise thought that they couldn’t dream big. That’s such a huge opportunity. It’s such a gift.”

― Julia Jones

“The capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention.”

― Julia Margaret Cameron

“I have to say, I’m good with gifts. If I find something perfect for a certain person, I’ll just get it and put it away in a kind of nook under my bed – a little gift hutch, if you prefer.”

― Julian Casablancas

“For the great speakers, it’s all about the audience. And the feeling they have is that they’re giving a gift, of maybe knowledge or inspiration or motivation.”

― Julian Treasure

“You can’t be upset for someone’s loyalty to a character. As an actor, that’s a gift to see fans care that much.”

― Juliana Harkavy

“’Simeon’s Gift’ is really – it’s about a musician who – in the Middle Ages, who goes out to find his muse.”

― Julie Andrews

“One of our books has been made into a musical, ‘The Great American Mousical,’ which I directed at the Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut. And another, ‘Simeon’s Gift,’ has been adapted for a symphony orchestra and five performers. I’m also a very proud member of the board of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.”

― Julie Andrews

“I did a lot of touring in my youth, and I learnt very quickly that giving is what it’s all about. It’s about the gift of making an audience feel great and forget their cares, if only for a few hours.”

― Julie Andrews

“Singing has been a cherished gift, and my inability to sing has been a devastating blow.”

― Julie Andrews

“As an actor, I don’t really think you find yourself. I mean, once you find yourself, I think it becomes boring and you become set in your ways. I think, as an actor I think it’s not a bad thing but more of a gift. It’s something you’re always doing as an actor. You’re adjusting constantly.”

― Justin Chon

“With Whitney she has such a unique sound and powerful instrument that she made those songs her own. She might as well have written them because she brought such a power and passion to them that were very unique. She has a great gift.”

― Justin Guarini

“I would love to work with Joanna Newsom on a ballet. I think that would be amazing. She has a gift for orchestrating and composing, and I think she would be really engaging to work with.”

― Justin Peck

“I never leave anywhere without my watch because it’s a very special gift given to me by one of my managers.”

― Justine Skye

“When I was 13 or 14, my mother used to gift me books that I was dying to read. Those are my most memorable birthday gifts.”

― Kajol

“James Garner was a gift to our business and an example of honesty and pure class. It was an honor to have worked beside him and receive his bear hugs every day.”

― Kaley Cuoco

“As a person who grew up in Los Angeles – that’s a very diverse place – I’ve always felt like that diversity is a blessing. It’s not a problem to be solved: it’s a gift to be thankful for.”

― Kamasi Washington

“I think L.A. has one of the most innovative and forward-thinking jazz scenes in the world. New York definitely has the volume – there’s more music happening in New York than anywhere else. But to me, L.A. – it’s kind of a gift and a curse.”

― Kamasi Washington

“All of us are born with certain gifts, and the secret to success is figuring out what your gift is and using it in a way that benefits others.”

― Kane

“In Greek mythology, Cassandra was given the gift of prophecy, except – due to her rejection of Apollo’s affections – nobody would ever believe her warnings.”

― Kara Swisher

“Make pumpkin bread as the default gift for everyone. It is cheap, it is beloved, it is carbs.”

― Karen Bender

“Tell your mother that any clothes she wants to purchase you as a gift has to be suitable for a job interview.”

― Karen Bender

“I have an obsession with fashion – it’s another form of expression for me – and I have a growing collection of vintage clothes and jewelry. Being able to play dress-up for my career has been a gift.”

― Karen Fairchild

“Back when I was 15 or 16, in Dallas there was a department store called Sanger-Harris. One holiday season, I got a job as a gift wrapper there. The others were all experts who did that job every year, and I was by far the youngest person, who was totally inexperienced. In those days, department stores around Christmastime were a total frenzy.”

― Karen Katz

“Our fears are an amazing gift of the imagination… a way of glimpsing what might be the future when there’s still time to influence how that future will play out.”

― Karen Thompson Walker

“I think I was given a gift to play golf and to be mentally strong.”

― Karrie Webb

“Reading should not be presented to children as a chore, a duty. It should be offered as a gift.”

― Kate DiCamillo

“During the holiday season, it’s easy to forget that sometimes the best gift of all is simply the gift of time. I can’t think of anything a writer would appreciate more than being given time and space to work.”

― Kate Klise

“One of the marks of a gift is to have the courage of it.”

― Katherine Anne Porter

“If you’re struggling for gift ideas, my advice is to give experiences rather than things.”

― Katherine Ryan

“Defining art is huge; I feel like it’s such a subjective thing. It’s more like what’s not art. You know what I mean? I think there can be an art in the way people live their lives, and art can be a gift someone gives to somebody.”

― Kathleen Hanna

“What is hard to remember when you’re in the middle of it is that when you get through to the other side, you always walk away with a gift. If you can stand in there and not walk away from it, you get transformed by it.”

― Kathy Mattea

“Love is a gift.”

― Kathy Najimy

“Find out what your gift is and nurture it.”

― Katy Perry

“I just feel like I have this gift that I’ve been given. It’s like, ‘Someone unwrap it! Here it is!’ That drive can’t be held down.”

― Katy Perry

“Drag is a gift.”

― Katya Zamolodchikova

“I consider everything I compose a gift.”

― Keith Emerson

“My talent for playing the drums was a gift from God.”

― Keith Thibodeaux

“The easiest gift to give my husband is anything to do with airlines and flying.”

― Kelly Preston

“The first gift my husband ever gave me was a pack of index cards. I’m pretty sure the second was a ‘Powers’ scriptbook. This was well before either of us worked for Marvel.”

― Kelly Sue DeConnick

“Every year, my boys and I create new cool gift wrap paper. We hand paint the design and come up with interesting ways to wrap each gift.”

― Kelly Wearstler

“The greatest gift I’ve been given is being naive, because I don’t know what I can’t do. And when you don’t know what you can’t do, you think you can do everything.”

― Kelsea Ballerini

“Songwriting was a gift that came to me when I needed it the most.”

― Kelsea Ballerini

“The greatest gift in life is to be remembered.”

― Ken Venturi

“I knew I was blessed with a gift of having both parents.”

― Kendrick Lamar

“Me, as a person, I grow. I’m like a chameleon. You know? That is a gift and a curse for me. But more so a gift, because it never puts me in a box.”

― Kendrick Lamar

“We don’t get the Tony gift basket anymore. You used to get incredible swag – there was like $5,000 worth of stuff. I remember getting an MP3 player, gift certificates to restaurants, a three-year gym membership.”

― Kevin Chamberlin

“I understand that being able to appeal to the public and having an amazing sense of humour is not something that comes easy. It’s definitely a gift and for which I’m thankful.”

― Kevin Hart

“The two things in the world we all share in this world are laughter and pain. We’ve all got problems. The levels of those problems vary, but we’ve all got problems. When you can take things that are painful and make them funny, that’s a gift – to you and your audience.”

― Kevin Hart

“I give novels as gifts, and there is nothing I like to receive more as a gift.”

― Khaled Hosseini

“I recognize that every role I play, I’m not going to play someone that has a ministry or that is a Christian, and I don’t think that’s what God has called me to do. The gift and talent that He’s given me as an actor, director, producer is to entertain, sometimes to inform, most times to inspire.”

― Kim Fields

“If I give a book as a gift, it is invariably a children’s book with beautiful artwork and a simple text. I adore the feel of them, the care taken in the artwork, and the high visual stimulation that sets off the simple but often powerful message the text conveys.”

― Kim Harrison

“I believe that every Nobel Laureate has the feeling that this prize is really a gift – because nobody can or should work just for this prize.”

― Klaus von Klitzing

“Today riches and honours have been lavished on me, but one gift has been lacking, the most important one of all, the only one that matters, the gift of youth.”

― Knut Hamsun

“A thick skin is a gift from God.”

― Konrad Adenauer

“I’m constantly learning, and that is the greatest gift of life in my opinion – to always be learning and growing.”

― Kristin Chenoweth

“’Bonfire’ was kicking around for a very long time. It was an idea I wanted to explore for a television show. Then I was given this weird gift of time when ‘Jessica Jones’ finished season one. I got really organized and just kind of banged it out, but it took a long time. It took two years to even have a first draft.”

― Krysten Ritter

“I’m a storyteller… I haves a God-given gift that I can share with you and perhaps entertain you and bring you along for the ride… So when anybody tries to take that away from me, or impede that, I get defensive.”

― Kurt Sutter

“Freedom is not something that one people can bestow on another as a gift. Thy claim it as their own and none can keep it from them.”

― Kwame Nkrumah

“I think a bird is the worst present you can give somebody because it’s guilt-ridden. This animal has the gift of flight, and you put it in a cage and watch it not do that until it dies.”

― Kyle Dunnigan

“Sherlock is a portrait of humanity – he takes nature’s gift of thought and runs with it, bringing along all the human struggles, fears, and insecurities. He’s the hero we could see ourselves being.”

― Kyle Hill

“Heavenly Father has given us a priceless gift in our capacity to communicate with each other. Our communications are at the core of our relationships with others. If we are to return home safely to Heavenly Father, we must develop righteous relationships with His children here in mortality.”

― L. Lionel Kendrick

“May we treasure the divine gift of communication, and may we use it wisely to build and to assist others on this marvelous journey through mortality.”

― L. Lionel Kendrick

“We always do a white elephant gift exchange on Christmas Eve, but my mom always gets really nice gifts for it. And we hang out in our PJs on Christmas Day.”

― Lacey Chabert

“Of course, giving is deeply emotional. But supplementing emotion with research makes it more likely that a gift can have a bigger impact. It’s like any investment. After all, you wouldn’t put funds into stocks or bonds without understanding the potential return. Why wouldn’t you do the same when investing in society?”

― Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen

“Suffering passes, while love is eternal. That’s a gift that you have received from God. Don’t waste it.”

― Laura Ingalls Wilder

“Time is the currency – the highest valued currency we have now. And people giving you their time is so incredible. They don’t have to like your book, either. That’s a totally separate gift.”

― Lauren Groff

“Like everyone else, I grew up loving the Anne books, but L.M. Montgomery is so much more. Like Jane Austen, she has an eye for the absurd and a gift for the ‘mot juste.’”

― Lauren Willig

“I have taken care of my gift, and because I’ve taken care of my gift, I feel like I’ve been continually and constantly blessed to get to do wonderful things.”

― Laurence Fishburne

“Hiding a talent is not exclusive to any one particular group of people: young, old, black, white, Latin. It doesn’t matter. It’s universal. The idea that you have a gift or talent is always kind of threatening.”

― Laurence Fishburne

“The table is a meeting place, a gathering ground, the source of sustenance and nourishment, festivity, safety, and satisfaction. A person cooking is a person giving: Even the simplest food is a gift.”

― Laurie Colwin

“My #1 goal is to become a successful singer and share my gift with the world.”

― Leah LaBelle

“Life is a precious gift – a gift we often take for granted until it is threatened.”

― Lecrae

“The title ‘My Everything’ refers to my fans. This album is my gift to my fans.”

― Lee Min-ho

“God gave me the gift to be able to play instruments and I have to play.”

― Lenny Kravitz

“Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.”

― Leo Buscaglia

“Love is always bestowed as a gift – freely, willingly and without expectation. We don’t love to be loved; we love to love.”

― Leo Buscaglia

“I knew I had a gift. I wanted the world to hear my music, and I wanted it to be my career, but I didn’t know how to go about it.”

― Leon Bridges

“One of the things your unconscious mind does for you – and it’s a great gift – is it gives you extra courage to view the outer world and it does that by giving you an extra-special view of yourself.”

― Leonard Mlodinow

“To be able to make up stories has been a great gift to me from my ancestors and from the storytellers who were so numerous at Laguna Pueblo when I was growing up. I learned to read as soon as I could because I wanted stories without having to depend on adults to tell or read stories to me.”

― Leslie Marmon Silko

“When you’re special to a cat, you’re special indeed, she brings to you the gift of her preference of you, the sight of you, the sound of your voice, the touch of your hand.”

― Lester B. Pearson

“Writers on etiquette receive a continuous flow of questions on subjects such as ‘When is it too early in the season to wear white accessories?’ and ‘What is the proper gift to send to a family in mourning?’”

― Letitia Baldrige

“The world is awaiting your gift – all you have to do is show up with the right intention!”

― Lewis Howes

“I found great rewards in cooking a dish and feeding it to someone. It was a means of communicating. I was giving part of my talent or my gift and sharing it with somebody, making somebody happy. And it gave a lot back to me, and I wanted to do more and more.”

― Lidia Bastianich

“I see my job as an actor to be as good a channel as I can be. Acting is a gift, and I have respect for it.”

― Lili Taylor

“Fidelity is a gift not a requirement.”

― Lilli Palmer

“I’m really good at bringing out greatness – in anybody. I don’t even have to be in the studio. What a gift to be able to help people bring out the best qualities in them.”

― Linda Perry

“I’m great at working with people and collaborating. And if my biggest gift of all is that I’m really good at pulling things from people and helping them become better at what they’re doing, I’m here, as I believe all of us are, to be of service.”

― Linda Perry

“Songwriting wasn’t my gift. I think you have to cultivate a gift; you have to practice and develop craft around your gift so that you can execute it in more convenient, efficient ways.”

― Linda Ronstadt

“I would never dispute that I’ve been given a gift by God. That’s something I’ve been raised to believe. I’m not an idiot: I know that I can sing, and I know that I can act.”

― Lindsay Pearce

“I like helping children. I have a big thing with children. You can correspond with the child, send something to them as a gift. You know it’s actually getting there and you are doing something to help.”

― Lisa Marie Presley

“I’m unable to ignore the gift that God gave me, so I’m going to sing.”

― Lisa Nicole Carson

“The Internet is truly God’s gift to the Chinese people.”

― Liu Xiaobo

“I think that’s the greatest gift one can have: point of view. You know? I’ve come to believe that if you have a bad memory of something, change it.”

― Liza Minnelli

“I have a special ability to spot TV shows that don’t go past two seasons; that’s my gift.”

― Lizzy Caplan

“I will never be good at the oboe. No matter what happens, I will never be good at it because I just don’t have that much time on my hands. I don’t have the gift of going back to being a child and having my brain develop around this instrument.”

― Lola Kirke

“As somebody who has wanted to be an actor who is very young, I can relate to somebody who has been practicing oboe five days a week since they were very young. The physicality of anything a character does is a tremendous gift.”

― Lola Kirke

“I grew up in Queens, and part of my birthday gift, always, was a Saturday matinee of whatever hit musical there was. When I was three, I saw ‘Oliver!’.”

― Lonny Price

“We are all gifted, but we have to discover the gift, uncover the gift, nurture and develop the gift and use it for the Glory of God and for the liberation struggle of our people.”

― Louis Farrakhan

“I believe the gift of acting is a gift from God, my oath to God, and I want to make sure on a daily basis that it is honed and deeply spiritual… I want to believe that the audience believes that my acting comes from this special place.”

― Louis Gossett, Jr.

“To express your emotions, you have to be very loose and receptive. The unconscious will come to you if you have that gift that artists have. I only know if I’m inspired by the results.”

― Louise Bourgeois

“I have a gift for enraging people, but if I ever bore you it will be with a knife.”

― Louise Brooks

“My parents’ marriage is a gift to everyone around them – 60 years of making their kids laugh. How many parents are actually funny?”

― Louise Erdrich

“It’s a dream to play in Europe, the Premier League, the Champions League. It’s a big gift from God.”

― Lucas Moura

“Do you remember those AM radio kits you get as a kid, and you build your own AM radio? Well, I never actually built one. But I did get them as a gift, for, like, 3 Christmases in a row, and I hated them.”

― Lucas Till

“A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer.”

― Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“A punishment to some, to some a gift, and to many a favor.”

― Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“My dad plays guitar in the church band, so it’s like music as a service. He plays at old-people homes, so that’s like music as a gift.”

― Lucy Dacus

“My favorite toy growing up was Polly Pocket. But one gift that I wanted though never received for Christmas was a pair of trampoline moon shoes. You strap them to your feet and they have springs on them, and you can just jump around!”

― Lucy Hale

“The Free Body Culture gave me a gift I might never have received had I refused to play along. It left me with an acute sense of the absurd – one I still cherish – to be there among my fellow apes, awkward and less than half-willing, aiming and missing, leaping, landing and wincing.”

― Lydia Millet

“I got this Christmas gift with the entire Beatles catalog. I had fun trying to duplicate what I was hearing on these records, only using the instruments I had at hand – an acoustic guitar, and that’s all. It was endlessly amusing to me to try to imitate John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s harmonies using the guitar.”

― M. Ward

“I try to take my emotional pulse more now, to recognize when I need to go scream and cry for 20 minutes and then come back to center. Allowing yourself that time, it’s a gift.”

― Madeline Brewer

“If you’re lucky, I think you know what you want to do with your life. I think that’s a greater gift that any of the gifts you might have when you do know, if you know what I mean. It must be awful to not know what to do.”

― Maggie Smith

“When man possesses a good, sound body that does not overpower him nor disturb the equilibrium in him, he possesses a divine gift. In short, a good constitution facilitates the rule of the soul over the body, but it is not impossible to conquer a bad constitution by training.”

― Maimonides

“In some parts of the world, students are going to school every day. It’s their normal life. But in other part of the world, we are starving for education… it’s like a precious gift. It’s like a diamond.”

― Malala Yousafzai

“If you take away the gift of reading, you create the gift of listening.”

― Malcolm Gladwell

“I have learned that grief is a vital part of my heart and accept it as a gift that exists alongside joy.”

― Mandy Ingber

“The gift I have to give to my fellow countrymen and people around the world, the facts are the Muslim community are our gift. They are the fabric of what makes America great.”

― Mandy Patinkin

“I found that this life is a gift, and everything that comes with it is a gift.”

― Manisha Koirala

“You had Cash Money: that was just the flashy dudes. Like I said, you had different genres of rap, and we were just one of them. So that’s how we fit in. What makes it all confusing – and this is where it’s the gift and the curse – we never set out for hip-hop to turn into just something flashy. That was just our thing. It wasn’t everybody’s thing.”

― Mannie Fresh

“I always get asked for suggestions on what to get food-lover friends. While there are many gifts out there that a foodie would love, it’s always good to do some research beforehand so you know you’re getting a gift that will last.”

― Marcus Samuelsson

“What gift has providence bestowed on man that is so dear to him as his children?”

― Marcus Tullius Cicero

“A voice is a human gift; it should be cherished and used, to utter fully human speech as possible. Powerlessness and silence go together.”

― Margaret Atwood

“The Holy Spirit can be with you always and guide you back to Him, but in order to enjoy the benefits of this holy gift, you must truly receive it, and then you must use it in your life. How sad it would be to be given such a precious gift and then set it aside and never use it.”

― Margaret D. Nadauld

“Creative genius is a divinely bestowed gift which is the coronation of the few.”

― Margaret Elizabeth Sangster

“If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place.”

― Margaret Mead

“Life is the first gift, love is the second, and understanding the third.”

― Marge Piercy

“I thought that when you have more success that you’d feel more buoyed or feel more confident. But in fact my brain has the gift of switching it around and saying, ‘Now people are expecting something. Now you’re really going to let people down.’”

― Maria Bamford

“To confer the gift of drawing, we must create an eye that sees, a hand that obeys, a soul that feels; and in this task, the whole life must cooperate. In this sense, life itself is the only preparation for drawing. Once we have lived, the inner spark of vision does the rest.”

― Maria Montessori

“When the world is so complicated, the simple gift of friendship is within all of our hands.”

― Maria Shriver

“Our mothers give us so many gifts. They give us the precious gift of life, of course, but they also leave treasured lessons that can guide us along our journeys even when they are no longer with us.”

― Maria Shriver

“A singer starts by having his instrument as a gift from God… When you have been given something in a moment of grace, it is sacrilegious to be greedy.”

― Marian Anderson

“Some directors have the gift of the gab, but I don’t.”

― Marianne Elliott

“I’m definitely aware that the physical appearance is a very temporary gift. I’m very thankful for the opportunities that I’ve been able to experience, but I keep it all in check and don’t let it consume me.”

― Marisa Miller

“Critique, feedback, reaction to one’s work or the way they have presented it, regardless of intention, is a gift.”

― Mark Brand

“When you give a homemade gift, you are giving a part of yourself to the recipient. You can’t do that with a mass-produced item.”

― Mark Frauenfelder

“It really takes something for someone to get up the nerve to share the impact you have had on them, and to them, giving you that recognition is liking giving a gift.”

― Mark Goulston

“I’ve got two girls, and they both make beautiful drawings. One of them really has a gift for the way that she colors around certain lines.”

― Mark Grotjahn

“Part of my gift as a fighter is being a human punching bag.”

― Mark Hunt

“I didn’t particularly aim to be a Shakespeare actor, but I suppose I had a certain gift or it; I certainly got offered lots of it. I liked Complicite and Shared Experience and Kick Theatre, and all the small theatre companies that were getting going. I wanted to be like that, making original theatre.”

― Mark Rylance

“I have never really believed that acting is very difficult. I think some people have a skill and are able to act, and if you have that natural gift, it’s not difficult.”

― Mark Strickson

“It’s always an amazing gift to be able to work with storytellers who ‘get it’ and who can not only draw anything but can draw it better and more dynamically than you’d ever envisioned.”

― Mark Waid

“Knowing is the most profound kind of love, giving someone the gift of knowledge about yourself.”

― Marsha Norman

“Picasso’s superhuman gift for draftsmanship might have made him lazy about pursuing the full potential of color. It was not unusual for him to build a composition by first outlining figures and objects in black and then filling the interstices in a perfunctory manner that can put one in mind of a museum-shop coloring book.”

― Martin Filler

“You’ve got to not care about what people think. You learn that as an actor. If you get a bad review, will you be destroyed by it? Or will you think you’re God’s gift when you get a rave review?”

― Martin Henderson

“Music is the art of the prophets and the gift of God.”

― Martin Luther

“Each time somebody working for the Maison has a baby, the atelier creates miniature blouses-blanches, exactly like the ones we wear, with the child’s name embroidered across the front. That is our welcome-to-this-world gift.”

― Martin Margiela

“By the time you’re in your 30s, unless somebody makes the god-awful decision to gift you with a cooking class or salsa lessons, it may have been a while since you learnt something new.”

― Mary H.K. Choi

“My responsibility to God is to live. That’s the gift he gave me.”

― Mary J. Blige

“Liberty, as it is conceived by current opinion, has nothing inherent about it; it is a sort of gift or trust bestowed on the individual by the state pending good behavior.”

― Mary McCarthy

“Because of the dog’s joyfulness, our own is increased. It is no small gift. It is not the least reason why we should honor as love the dog of our own life, and the dog down the street, and all the dogs not yet born.”

― Mary Oliver

“Every opportunity to practice is a gift to the developing reader. Practice, practice, practice, in every form and medium!”

― Maryanne Wolf

“Just like I gave Jack Ma and Alibaba the luxury of staying private for longer, I am now giving Arm the gift of being private. My only message to them now is take my investment and let’s go, go, go.”

― Masayoshi Son

“It was a gift to get to play a gay role that was written in a three-dimensional, human way.”

― Matt Bomer

“My season 2 ‘Good Wife’ wrap gift was this deluxe package of Mortal Kombat. I played it for, like, two weeks straight.”

― Matt Czuchry

“When I was 17, I taught music; I had 65 students a week, and I did that for a year. So that’s pretty regular. But it was great to give the gift of music to people, seeing them learn. It’s great to influence young people in a creative way.”

― Matt Schulze

“And writing I think is a gift that you have, the same as acting, in a way.”

― Matthew Vaughn

“I feel that God has given me a very special opportunity that I should not let go to waste. I use the gift he has given me.”

― Mattie Stepanek

“Expressing my feelings and then the opportunity to share it with others is just such a gift.”

― Mattie Stepanek

“Whoever will be free must make himself free. Freedom is no fairy gift to fall into a man’s lap. What is freedom? To have the will to be responsible for one’s self.”

― Max Stirner

“That’s the biggest gift I can give anybody: ‘Wake up, be aware of who you are, what you’re doing and what you can do to prevent yourself from becoming ill.’”

― Maya Angelou

“I was given a new coat as a high school graduation gift.”

― Maya Hawke

“We can do much to help our communities loosen their boundaries and begin to welcome a multitude of ways of being to make sure that individuals of mixed race, religion, or ethnicities don’t feel the need to choose one or the other but see their layers as a gift, something that adds beauty.”

― Maya Soetoro-Ng

“We Americans unite faith and freedom in asserting that our liberties are your gift, God, not that of government.”

― Meir Soloveichik

“The Bake Off’ can get emotional, but ‘The Gift’ is a whole different league!”

― Mel Giedroyc

“The Gift’ doesn’t deal with the neat, tie-me-up-with-a-bow kind of stories – they are grittier, messier, and not all of them have a happy resolution. You are following people and events that are more difficult, more elusive, and therefore harder to pin down.”

― Mel Giedroyc

“It was very hard not to get utterly and wholeheartedly drawn into the stories on ‘The Gift.’”

― Mel Giedroyc

“The strength of ‘The Gift’ is that the people featured and their stories are given the space to speak for themselves.”

― Mel Giedroyc

“It was an honour to be asked to do ‘The Gift.’ The producers took a risk asking me because, coming from a comedy background, I am not known for this kind of highly-charged, emotional show.”

― Mel Giedroyc

“I’m really proud of ‘The Gift.’ There are stories we can all relate to – a first love that went wrong, a person who bullied us at school, a kind person we took for granted.”

― Mel Giedroyc

“I’m one of those people that will say, ‘My cancer was a gift.’”

― Melissa Etheridge

“Everyone is given one gift, a reason for being, and it’s our obligation to do something with it. Obviously, it’s a challenge – but if you’re not taking the bull by the horns, I have no patience for you. You’re just taking up space.”

― Melissa Rosenberg

“Faith is a gift. Some feel like they were never blessed with it, others just casually let it fall away.”

― Mercedes Schlapp

“God has placed within each of us an immeasurable, unique gift. It is our duty to live that out to the full and to encourage one another with gusto.”

― Merle Dandridge

“As my parents taught me, by both words and deeds, a life of public services is as much a gift to the person who serves as it is to those he’s serving.”

― Merrick Garland

“The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy.”

― Meryl Streep

“God, I just love ‘A Journey to the End of the Millennium,’ by A. B. Yehoshua. My favorite novel by an American Jew is probably ‘Humboldt’s Gift.’”

― Michael Chabon

“I had to overcome barriers of fear, inconsistency, believing in myself as an individual, and believing in the gift and believing that this could actually happen, and this is actually what I’m supposed to do.”

― Michael Dapaah

“My gift, if that’s not too grandiose a term, is one for describing novels, biographies, and works of history in such a way that people want to read them.”

― Michael Dirda

“It is a natural gift I was born with but it’s something I’ve had to nurture in training.”

― Michael East

“That’s the time I remember as a kid, being so excited to go to the movies. To be part of that now is really an amazing gift.”

― Michael Giacchino

“Those with a gift for action, for their part, often express contempt for those whose gifts are more reflective. Men of action like to say, ‘Those who can, do, those who can’t, teach,’ forgetting that those who teach get to write the history books.”

― Michael Ignatieff

“Emotional stability has not been America’s gift to the world.”

― Michael Leunig

“You need to have a relationship with what you put inside you. I don’t want to get all spiritual about this, but I believe our bodies are a gift, and to deface it is disrespectful.”

― Michael Moore

“I have enormous respect for anyone who would offer to sacrifice their life to defend my right to live. Is there any greater gift one can give another?”

― Michael Moore

“This life is a gift, and to reject that gift or abuse that gift is not human and not worthy of us.”

― Michael Moore

“I think he would have been proud and smiling… when we laid him to rest because his family was together. I think that was a great gift to be able to give Dad at the end.”

― Michael Reagan

“To act for a living is a gift, and understanding you’re a lucky bloke keeps your feet on the ground.”

― Michael Socha

“I admit that invective is one of my pleasures. This only brings me problems in life, but that’s it. I attack, I insult. I have a gift for that, for insults, for provocation. So I am tempted to use it.”

― Michel Houellebecq

“I have a very strange melodic gift: melodies come to me effortlessly.”

― Michel Legrand

“The great gift of ‘Incarceration Nations’ is that, by introducing a wide range of approaches to crime, punishment, and questions of justice in diverse countries – Rwanda, South Africa, Brazil, Jamaica, Uganda, Singapore, Australia and Norway – it forces us to face the reality that American-style punishment has been chosen.”

― Michelle Alexander

“I could have spent eight years doing anything, and at some level, it would have been fine. I could have focused on flowers. I could have focused on decor. I could have focused on entertainment. Because any First Lady, rightfully, gets to define her role. There’s no legislative authority; you’re not elected. And that’s a wonderful gift of freedom.”

― Michelle Obama

“I’m the parent of a queer child, and for my kid to know that they can always come to me and I’m going to love them no matter what is the biggest gift.”

― Michelle Visage

“When I was younger, I would write a ton, mostly because my mom told me I had incredible creativity and a gift of using words, only these were words that didn’t get me in trouble.”

― Michelle Visage

“In a nutshell, directing ‘The Gift’ was all about understanding how the complex machine that is ‘Game of Thrones’ works.”

― Miguel Sapochnik

“I didn’t sit around thinking, ‘I’d love to play Luke Cage,’ but when the character was presented, I did my research, and I was just like, ‘This is a real gift. He’s a great character, and I’m happy to have a chance to take a crack at him.’”

― Mike Colter

“It’s always been a gift with me, hearing music the way I do. I don’t know where it comes from, it’s just there and I don’t question it.”

― Miles Davis

“Working, for me, is like a gift.”

― Millie Bobby Brown

“Intuition is truly a feminine quality, but women should not mistake rash conclusions for this gift.”

― Minna Antrim

“’La Mancha’ was a gift from me to me. I never thought for a minute it was going to be a hit.”

― Mitch Leigh

“My mom and dad gave their kids the greatest gift of all – the gift of unconditional love. They cared deeply about who we would be, and much less about what we would do.”

― Mitt Romney

“Of course, Nelson Mandela, everybody knows Nelson Mandela. I mean, he’s a great gift not only for Africa but for the whole world, actually. But do not expect everybody to be a Nelson Mandela.”

― Mo Ibrahim

“Growing up Catholic has been a gift.”

― Moira Kelly

“I think my gift lies in being a startup entrepreneur and creating environments and experiences.”

― Molly Bloom

“Peace is a gift that is embodied through the Holy Spirit through the acceptance of Christ.”

― Monica Johnson

“Giving is a really big thing around Christmas, as well it should be. Christmas is about giving, and it all stems from the greatest gift the world has ever received – the gift of Jesus Christ.”

― Monica Johnson

“The ability to talk to kids and reach kids is a gift I’ve been given, and I may as well use it.”

― Montel Williams

“Talent is a gift which God has given us secretly, and which we reveal without perceiving it.”

― Montesquieu

“Coming from ‘V’ into ‘Homeland’ was a really big change and the best gift as an actor you can get – which is to transform so drastically from one genre to the next, from lizard to human being!”

― Morena Baccarin

“When I was doing theater, I was very successful at believing that I was great, God’s gift to the theater.”

― Morgan Freeman

“I’m cursed with the gift of foresight.”

― Morrissey

“God has given each one of us a gift greater than a thousand I.B.M. machines. It is called a memory, and everything that passes through our five senses is stored in this faculty.”

― Mother Angelica

“Gold was a gift to Jesus. If it’s good enough for Jesus, it’s good enough for me!”

― Mr. T

“Pakistan not only means freedom and independence but the Muslim Ideology which has to be preserved, which has come to us as a precious gift and treasure and which, we hope other will share with us.”

― Muhammad Ali Jinnah

“People give one another things that can’t be gift wrapped.”

― Nadine Gordimer

“Then all of a sudden, Quentin Tarantino comes along and puts a song from 40 years ago in one of his films and they’ve suddenly discovered you. That was a real gift that Quentin gave me.”

― Nancy Sinatra

“I feel like before I came to the planet I asked God for the gift of music. I didn’t want to come here without the gift of music and God granted it to me.”

― Narada Michael Walden

“I’m blessed with a gift from God. When you’re blessed, you have an advantage. You know you’re not going to get beat when you’re fighting with a gift. You’re fighting with something that God has given you.”

― Naseem Hamed

“My career was a gift that I’m very happy about. I loved every step of it. I was blessed. I won all the titles and put my stamp on the sport.”

― Naseem Hamed

“Life is such a gift, I just say thank you all day.”

― Natalie Cole

“The Internet is a gift to fashion.”

― Natalie Massenet

“When it comes to gift giving, I always want to get everyone a little something. The problem is that every time I go holiday shopping for others, I come out of the stores with shoes for myself.”

― Natalya Neidhart

“’Mean Gene,’ as he was universally known, made every WWE Superstar he interacted with appear larger than life. He had the gift of gab as one of WWE’s most tenured personalities.”

― Natalya Neidhart

“Often it seems that there are writers who are their best selves on the page. That Seamus Heaney was as genuine and deeply admirable in person as in his poems was to me a gift, then as now.”

― Natasha Trethewey

“I do hear from people at my exhibition about seeing these things made from this toy from their childhood, and it brings them back. They’ll go and buy a set of Lego from the gift shop because of that nostalgia and seeing it at the art exhibition.”

― Nathan Sawaya

“I never really created a difference between Shaffer Smith, my actual name, and Ne-Yo. They are kind of one in the same. It’s been a bit of a gift and a curse. As far as Shaffer Smith is concerned, I’ve never viewed myself as a celebrity.”

― Ne-Yo

“I got to act with my childhood film idol, Robert Redford, and that’s a gift in itself.”

― Ng Chin Han

“The kind of crazy amount of fan following that I achieved from ‘Ek Hazaaron Mein’ was amazing. We used to get i-Pads as gift, Abercrombie and Fitch dresses from America. I had everything in the world.”

― Nia Sharma

“I’ve been known to drop a spoken-word bit into a song from time to time. But not straight-up rap. I don’t know that I have that gift.”

― Nick Jonas

“If you have the language gift, you can use it as a tool.”

― Nicola Griffith

“A good education is the most important gift we can give our young people.”

― Nicola Sturgeon

“I was a shy kid, but somehow I knew I would make it as a performer. I’d always be telling my mum that I was going to be a famous singer. In my school yearbooks I would write, ‘Remember me when I’m famous.’ I knew I had a gift.”

― Nicole Scherzinger

“Because my man is handsome and successful, that makes me a gold digger? First of all, I pay my own bills, and I still pay my own bills. But if your man is gonna give you a gift, you’re gonna accept it. I’m not gonna be like, ‘No, can you please take back the Louis Vuitton purse?’ Absolutely not.”

― Nikki Bella

“I love shopping for guys! A watch is a fantastic gift idea – an oversized, stainless steel version with links is classic and cool.”

― Nina Garcia

“I didn’t get interested in music. It was a gift from God.”

― Nina Simone

“It took me a while to figure that out and to realize what a gift that I had been given. And when I finally did, I dedicated myself to be the best pitcher I possibly could be, for as long as I possibly could be.”

― Nolan Ryan

“Indeed, the hereditary gift of prophecy will go to the grave with me.”

― Nostradamus

“The great Satyr and Tiger of Hyrcania presents a gift to those of the Ocean; A fleet’s chief will set out from Carmania, one who will take land at the Tyrren Phocaean.”

― Nostradamus

“That’s the gift that a mother can give, to make everyone feel like they are the special one.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“Charm of personality is a divine gift that sways the strongest characters and sometimes even controls the destinies of nations.”

― Orison Swett Marden

“Beauty is a fragile gift.”

― Ovid

“If I slip up and receive a good gift, I will not have given a good gift. This is probably a natural law that affects us all and needs a name. The Gift Reciprocal Law.”

― Padgett Powell

“Just the fact that I have people I can talk to about my worries is a great gift.”

― Park Hyung-sik

“Even when life challenges us, it’s a gift beyond all measure.”

― Parker Palmer

“The greatest gift is our own eyes, sense of smell, and abilities to deduce.”

― Patricia Cornwell

“I have led an exceptional life in some ways, yes. I mean, I’ve been very lucky. I seem to have had a gift for landing in the right place at the right time.”

― Pattie Boyd

“As soon as I discovered PlayStation, I was throwing hints here and there to my dad – cutting out the clipping of a video game, cutting out the clippings of the PlayStation, leaving it on his dresser. I remember on Christmas morning, I unwrapped my gift, and sure enough, it was the PS2. I’ve been a PlayStation guy ever since.”

― Paul George

“I have an extraordinary attention span. I manage to juggle two or three different ideas at the same time, and that’s probably – if I have a gift, that’s probably the best gift that’s given me.”

― Paul Newman

“We were always able to sing and blend well together; that’s our gift. But aside from that, we’re really two different guys.”

― Paul Simon

“When you’re in a position to have gotten so much, the gift at this point is giving back.”

― Paul Stanley

“God gives us a gift, but then that gift has to be worked.”

― Paulo Dybala

“What law, what reason can deny that gift so sweet, so natural that God has given a stream, a fish, a beast, a bird?”

― Pedro Calderon de la Barca

“To my parents, Morris and Helen, I give thanks for the gift of life, the vehicle for the expression of my work, and for your continued full and unequivocal support from both sides of the physical plane.”

― Peter A. Levine

“For me, the discovery of aquaporins was like a gift after 25 years in basic science.”

― Peter Agre

“I was always admiring people who seemed to conduct themselves with ease in the world. Maybe that’s a great gift to give your kids if you can do that. Because they can move through the world without neurosis, this anxiety about everything, which our own parents gave us.”

― Peter Capaldi

“My gift seems to be that I am able to tell a story in a comprehensible and engaging way.”

― Peter Coyote

“I have a friend – not a dwarf – who’s an alchemist of sorts. He concocted a men’s cologne… He gave me a bottle as a gift. I was thinking we should totally put this on the market. You know how Jessica Simpson and Beyonce have signature perfumes and make a mint? I’m thinking this cologne could be my ticket to fortune.”

― Peter Dinklage

“Some people are born with the necessary gift, and some work hard to build on the few gifts they have.”

― Peter Garrett

“I had been living with dialysis for three years or so, and the new kidney felt like a reprieve, a new gift of life. I felt alive again and I guess that has had an effect on my use of colour.”

― Peter Wright

“I think all music is a gift from God.”

― Pharrell Williams

“I wrote a book on grace, and grace is a free gift, but to receive the gift you have to have your hands open. And a lot of people don’t have their hands open, there’s something they’re grasping because there’s a lot of things to grasp in a prosperous country.”

― Philip Yancey

“A tea set is good for a newborn girl. It is a gift that instantly makes the room a girl’s room.”

― Phoebe Cates

“Too many people are buying gifts for themselves when they pick out a gift for a friend.”

― Phoebe Cates

“You can’t wait for someone to discover you; you have to just get on and do it. Have confidence that directing is a very suitable job for a woman – with our gift for collaboration, listening, and reading the nuance of things.”

― Phyllida Lloyd

“The manner of giving is worth more than the gift.”

― Pierre Corneille

“Every gift which is given, even though it be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection.”

― Pindar

“I would rather be adorned by beauty of character than jewels. Jewels are the gift of fortune, while character comes from within.”

― Plautus

“We can learn from him that suffering and the gift of himself is an essential gift we need in our time.”

― Pope Benedict XVI

“We can see that the sacramental presence of the Lord in the Eucharist is an essential gift for us and give us also the possibility to love the others and to work for the others.”

― Pope Benedict XVI

“God never gives someone a gift they are not capable of receiving. If he gives us the gift of Christmas, it is because we all have the ability to understand and receive it.”

― Pope Francis

“Marriage is an act of will that signifies and involves a mutual gift, which unites the spouses and binds them to their eventual souls, with whom they make up a sole family – a domestic church.”

― Pope John Paul II

“Stupidity is also a gift of God, but one mustn’t misuse it.”

― Pope John Paul II

“This life that has been given to us as a gift, as such a precious gift. To really try to understand it, really try to recognize it, is the greatest meditation. Through the media of this Knowledge we can tap into our inner sources that are so beautiful.”

― Prem Rawat

“A gift in season is a double favor to the needy.”

― Publilius Syrus

“I still feel like I’m alone at times – even if I’m in the midst of a million people. Because no one – including me – understands my mind creatively. I haven’t really been formally introduced to my gift yet. I feel like I’m still on the runway.”

― R. Kelly

“I wouldn’t be able to do the songs as long as I’ve been doing if I didn’t feel the pulse of the world. But I can feel people and I know what they want. I feel like I know how they are, because I am the people. And I just have a gift.”

― R. Kelly

“I’ve really been writing a lot of country songs. I used to get criticized for doing a ‘Bump & Grind,’ then turning around and doing a gospel song. But the truth is I’m glad I have a gift that allows me to switch lanes.”

― R. Kelly

“With my gift, I can pretty much write a song out of anything.”

― R. Kelly

“When you commit to something and have fun with it, it appreciates you, the gift, and it starts to help you out.”

― R. Kelly

“I used to get criticized for doing a ‘Bump & Grind’ then turning around and doing a gospel song. But the truth is I’m glad I have a gift that allows me to switch lanes.”

― R. Kelly

“I think, now that my brothers and I live so far apart, the greatest gift is when we can be together – when everyone can be in the same room at the same time.”

― Rachel Boston

“Instead of getting swept up in a whirlwind of banal ‘holiday’ parties, useless gift exchanges and harried shopping, my family tries hard to use the weeks of Advent to prepare our hearts and home in meaningful ways for the Prince of Peace.”

― Rachel Campos-Duffy

“Motherhood is a beautiful, wonderful gift… except when it’s not.”

― Rachel Hollis

“This is what I have discovered – and it has been a gift in itself – that books live over and over again in different people’s minds. That I might mean one thing as I write, but a reader’s experiences will take it somewhere else. That is like a conversation, I think. It is a true connecting up.”

― Rachel Joyce

“Sure, I got lost, which is an actor’s worst nightmare. But it is a gift as well, because great things come out of being lost and unsure, especially if you have a controlling side or a perfectionist side, which plenty of us do.”

― Rachel McAdams

“A period film is a gift for a cinematographer.”

― Rachel Morrison

“Jessica Jackley has a gift for making people want to fork over their cash. To total strangers. Far, far away.”

― Rachel Sklar

“It was clear to my parents that I had the gift of voice, and they encouraged me to pursue it.”

― Rain Phoenix

“What if you gave someone a gift, and they neglected to thank you for it – would you be likely to give them another? Life is the same way. In order to attract more of the blessings that life has to offer, you must truly appreciate what you already have.”

― Ralph Marston

“The greatest gift is a portion of thyself.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Beauty is an outward gift, which is seldom despised, except by those to whom it has been refused.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I love the process of acting, and to turn your passion into a career is the biggest gift.”

― Ram Kapoor

“Each additional idea is a gift to the future. Each additional idea producer is a source of wealth for future generations.”

― Ramez Naam

“When one knows at an early age that their gift, talent and direction is musical, one tends to focus on that and let nothing interfere or impede the forward motion toward the end of that rainbow. And after 50-something years of rockin’ out, you still realise there is no end to that distant rainbow until one’s last sunset.”

― Randy Bachman

“I learned at an early age that I was given something special when I was born, and that was the gift of music.”

― Randy Bachman

“I always thought every day was a gift, but now I am looking for where to send the thank you note.”

― Randy Pausch

“In college, I had a lot of friends who were writers and wanted to be writers and I felt intimidated by it. I just didn’t know if I had any gift or voice and I had no confidence about it.”

― Rashida Jones

“According to the Bible, sex isn’t something sinful, but rather a wonderful gift from God to be thoroughly enjoyed within the boundaries of marriage.”

― Ray Comfort

“The people of the United States don’t recognize it, but the oil industry has given the greatest gift to the people of the nation, and that gift is the low cost of energy. Bottom line is this enables the country to be very competitive manufacturing-wise and in the world economy.”

― Ray Lee Hunt

“My goals have gone from being an all-star to just being able to play basketball. I always took for granted that I could play. Now I know what a gift it is.”

― Rebecca Lobo

“Val Kilmer gave my husband, David Mamet, a Randall knife as a gift when the two of them were making the film ‘Spartan.’”

― Rebecca Pidgeon

“For millions of years, this world has been a great gift to nearly everything living on it, a planet whose atmosphere, temperature, air, water, seasons, and weather were precisely calibrated to allow us – the big us, including forests and oceans, species large and small – to flourish.”

― Rebecca Solnit

“I would never look a gift horse in the mouth. I’ve had some lovely homemade earrings and, recently, a wall hanging made in the style of Georges Seurat.”

― Rebecca Stead

“The only gift my dad ever bought me is still in my jewelry box. It died at 10 minutes to 11 decades ago, but the gold Caravelle watch keeps my dad alive. A watch isn’t about keeping time. It’s about stopping it.”

― Regina Brett

“It’s a real gift to be able to have the works of brilliant, great people to learn from and build from. It gives you so much more to draw on, and then you don’t have to be all about three-chord pop songs. I don’t really like that kind of writing.”

― Regina Spektor

“I just like being all over the place and writing whatever comes to mind. Having the tools? It’s such a gift.”

― Regina Spektor

“For Christmas I do gift bags for my friends and the cast, and I put ‘treat yo self’ key chains in there. And people send me pictures of ‘treat yo self’ all the time.”

― Retta

“’Greatest American Hero,’ I really dug that as a kid because it had an alienation to it, where he was given a gift and didn’t know why, and yet he was forced to do something with it, and he was very much an out-of-place character who was trying to cope with his own surroundings, and I can kind of relate to that guy.”

― Rhys Darby

“Every gift from a friend is a wish for your happiness.”

― Richard Bach

“Pence is not a man to look a gift horse in the mouth. He’s got his eye on 2020.”

― Richard Cohen

“The lumpiness of ‘The Good Lie’s progression – from infancy to adulthood, and from ethnic horror to gentle social comedy to a heroic gift of freedom – proclaims the film’s respect for facts and truths that can’t be squeezed into a smooth narrative.”

― Richard Corliss

“Afghanistan does have an air force: It has two C-130s. I saw one of them. It was nice, a gift from the United States. But two planes don’t even make a Caribbean charter airline, let alone an air force for a country at war.”

― Richard Engel

“Perhaps the virtue of coming from a place like Tasmania is that you had the great gift of knowing that you were not the centre of things, yet life was no less where you were.”

― Richard Flanagan

“I believe we all must face the fact of death. It is both gift and curse.”

― Richard Lamm

“My grandfather, a devout Christian, had the gift of healing.”

― Richard Paul Evans

“It may be that that we can sing what we often cannot say, whether it be from shyness, fear, lack of the right words or the passion or dramatic gift to express them. More souls have rallied to more causes by the strains of music than by straining rhetoric.”

― Richard Rodgers

“There’s no doubt God gave me a gift, and I’ve taken advantage of it.”

― Richarlison

“God gave us the gift of life in heaven. Many people are given this gift, but they never open it. They never do anything with it.”

― Rick Warren

“Honor is a gift a man gives himself. You can be as good as anyone that ever lived. If you can read, you can learn everything that anyone ever learned. But you’ve got to want it.”

― Ricky Gervais

“I mean, I could tell that I really had… a precious gift. And I’m so glad that I have followed through with it and really used that gift and nurtured it, honed it, made it sharp and tried to use it as a tool now to make music and to make a living for my family.”

― Ricky Skaggs

“I’ve never used chat-up lines; I don’t have the gift of the gab.”

― Ricky Whittle

“It’s a gift that I have and I became good at it. When I heard my first song I didn’t even know that I could write songs.”

― Rico Love

“The story of ‘Prometheus’ is the idea that if you’re given a gift from the gods, do not abuse it, and do not think you can compete.”

― Ridley Scott

“We try to make our own BTS context. Maybe it’s risky to bring some inspiration from novels from so long ago, but I think it paid off more. It comes through like a gift box for our fans. That’s something you can’t find easily from American artists.”

― RM

“Here’s the deal: 25 years’ worth of Deadpool. This movie comes out 25 years to the day we published him at Marvel, and you couldn’t get a better gift if you’re a ‘Deadpool’ fan.”

― Rob Liefeld

“Sobriety was the greatest gift I ever gave myself. I don’t put it on a platform. I don’t campaign about it. It’s just something that works for me. It enabled me to really connect with another human being – my wife, Sheryl – which I was never able to do before.”

― Rob Lowe

“I have a friend who is very successful in business, and his motto is, ‘Don’t do what you can do. Do what only you can do.’ First of all, you have to know what your specific, unique gift is and then you do that… every actor does that but every once in a while an actor plays a part that only they can play.”

― Rob Lowe

“Do you know what a skin walker is? It’s a thing in Indian mythology. There are certain people born with this gift, and they’re able to actually get inside you and mess with your feelings and with your mind. And if a skin walker chooses to get a hold of you, there’s not much you can do.”

― Robbie Robertson

“One reason people get divorced is that they run out of gift ideas.”

― Robert Byrne

“You can do anything you think you can. This knowledge is literally the gift of the gods, for through it you can solve every human problem. It should make of you an incurable optimist. It is the open door.”

― Robert Collier

“Voltaire made up his mind to destroy the superstition of his time. He fought with every weapon that genius could devise or use. He was the greatest of all caricaturists, and he used this wonderful gift without mercy.”

― Robert Green Ingersoll

“I believe that every one of us has a gift. And I believe that mine is the ability to take the complex and make it simple.”

― Robert Kiyosaki

“A friend is a gift you give yourself.”

― 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.”

― Robert Louis Stevenson

“There’s an excellent movie we have on TCM called ‘It Happened on Fifth Avenue,’ which was originally going to be directed by Frank Capra… but just before he was going to start working on it, he came across this story called ‘The Greatest Gift.’ And that turned into ‘It’s a Wonderful Life.’”

― Robert Osborne

“An actor with a genuine gift has the power to transport you from whatever your own pains may be into an entirely different world, freeing you from whatever you may be going through. At its best, it can be better than any medication.”

― Robert Rinder

“I’ve learned one important thing about God’s gifts – what we do with them is our gift to Him.”

― Robert Wagner

“I would like to thank my parents in Vergaio, a little village in Italy. They gave me the biggest gift: poverty.”

― Roberto Benigni

“The greatest gift that Oxford gives her sons is, I truly believe, a genial irreverence toward learning, and from that irreverence love may spring.”

― Robertson Davies

“If people want to compare me to Danny DeVito, that’s the biggest gift there is. I think Danny DeVito is fantastic.”

― Robin Lord Taylor

“A gift shouldn’t feel like homework.”

― Robin Sloan

“The ability to make music is a gift that you’re born with; it’s not something you can learn.”

― Robin Trower

“I feel I’ve been blessed with a gift of creativity and composition. That’s why I’ve been able to keep going.”

― Robin Trower

“It’s a gift that we get to do the work that we do to call ourselves artists.”

― Rodney Crowell

“To be earning a living as an artist at any time, any place is kinda the ultimate gift that you can receive from the universe, and I’m very much aware of that. I get to do exactly what I want to do.”

― Rodney Crowell

“My physique? It is a gift from God.”

― Romelu Lukaku

“The gift of a writer as good as Dickens is not to explain everything; that way, the reader has, in terms of their imagination, somewhere to go.”

― Ronald Frame

“As motherhood is the greatest and most natural God-given gift for women for posterity, it would seem that the birth and rearing of children, in the way which to us seems most ideal, would be the most satisfying and the most rewarding career for a woman.”

― Rose Kennedy

“We have tried you citizens; we are trying you now, and you have a couple of dollars for the sorrowing mothers, brothers and sisters by way of a charity gift.”

― Rose Schneiderman

“To help the poor to a capacity for action and liberty is something essential for one’s own health as well as theirs: there is a needful gift they have to offer which cannot be offered so long as they are confined by poverty.”

― Rowan Williams

“My voice is a gift. My talent is a gift. The life process is a gift. The opportunity for the journey is a gift.”

― Roy Orbison

“It’s a gift, and a blessing, just to have a voice. And I’m proud that people do appreciate it, you know?”

― Roy Orbison

“Wisdom is a gift but has nothing to do with age. That was probably the case with me.”

― Ruby Bridges

“The greatest gift is not being afraid to question.”

― Ruby Dee

“The deepest gift you can learn in life is about self-love, and that’s not going to happen overnight.”

― Rumer Willis

“’Swallow My Gift’ is all about music being its own reward. I don’t do it to become more famous; I don’t do it to make money. I don’t do it from an ego-driven point of view.”

― Russell Crowe

“A truly appreciative child will break, lose, spoil, or fondle to death any really successful gift within a matter of minutes.”

― Russell Lynes

“Agency is a divine gift to you. You are free to choose what you will be and what you will do.”

― Russell M. Nelson

“I have no regrets about my work. To be a photographer was a gift of the gods. I can’t imagine anything that would have been better.”

― Ruth Bernhard

“One of mom’s greatest acts of generosity was that she trained me to be defiant. Her great gift to me was encouraging me to be the person that I wanted to be, not the one that she and my father wished I was.”

― Ruth Reichl

“Despite living in an increasingly digital world, there are a few things I still like to keep as physical reminders. So every time I see an exhibition, I make a pit stop at the museum gift shop to buy a postcard of something that inspired me.”

― Ruzwana Bashir

“To make a song is a gift, and once it’s done it keeps evolving and changing and becomes a tool to interact with other people. It’s like a conversation.”

― Ryan Adams

“Freedom is such a gift.”

― Ryan Gosling

“Making a mix CD – albeit slightly old school – is generally a pretty cool gift and something I like to receive, or giving someone a book that moved you. Writing an inscription inside makes it even better.”

― Ryan Reynolds

“Fragrance is a very personal gift, and I think that’s why it makes a great Christmas gift. There’s a very distinct signature to it, so if you give it as a gift, I like to think that it’s from a person that thinks very highly of you.”

― Ryan Reynolds

“Violence would be a huge gift to those who want a divided Lebanon.”

― Saad Hariri

“It is not from your own goods that you give to the beggar; it is a portion of his own that you are restoring to him. The Earth belongs to all. So you are paying back a debt and think you are making a gift to which you are not bound.”

― Saint Ambrose

“Beauty is indeed a good gift of God; but that the good may not think it a great good, God dispenses it even to the wicked.”

― Saint Augustine

“Just as we would have no need of the farmer’s labor and toil if we were living amid the delights of paradise, so also we would not require the medical art for relief if we were immune to disease, as was the case, by God’s gift, at the time of Creation before the Fall.”

― Saint Basil

“I most certainly believe that it is the gift of God that I am what I am. And so I dwell amongst barbarians, a proselyte and an exile, for the love of God.”

― Saint Patrick

“No one should ever say that it was my ignorance if I did or showed forth anything however small according to God’s good pleasure; but let this be your conclusion and let it so be thought, that – as is the perfect truth – it was the gift of God.”

― Saint Patrick

“I have three libraries. As a gift, a friend alphabetized and organized my main library of novels, history books, and nonfiction. Then I have a photo-book collection. Then there’s this nearly whole room of my childhood books. I’ve also got cookbooks and a big collection of horse-related books.”

― Sally Mann

“If we misuse the gift of sexuality, we’re going to suffer the consequences, and I firmly believe we are suffering the consequences.”

― Salvatore J. Cordileone

“I do have a television over there – it was a gift – but I never turn it on. I’d rather read a book.”

― Sam Crawford

“I lost a girlfriend when I was in my 30s. She was 46. It all sounds so trite, but I put a Post-it on my dressing-room wall. It said, ‘The past is history. The future is a mystery. This moment is a gift, which is why it’s called the present.’”

― Samantha Bond

“Unlike leftover pasta, leftover risotto is viewed by Italians as a gift. Cooks shape it into balls or stuff it with a pinch of stewed meat or cheese. Then they bread and deep-fry the fritters until golden brown, yielding arancini, the indulgent ‘little oranges’ I can never resist.”

― Samin Nosrat

“To get a name can happen but to few; it is one of the few things that cannot be brought. It is the free gift of mankind, which must be deserved before it will be granted, and is at last unwillingly bestowed.”

― Samuel Johnson

“Anyone who has been given the gift of being opposite an actor who gives and gives, it just makes you better.”

― Sandra Bullock

“We’ve been given the gift of a billion years of cosmic time, and we should not screw it up. But at the rate we’re using up our planet’s natural resources and fouling our own nest means we’re not going to last a billion years.”

― Sandra Faber

“When you’re young, you think you can do anything, and that was really a gift. That’s why I can never understand someone telling me ‘no’ today. ‘No’ just isn’t an option.”

― Sandra Lee

“Working on ‘Malibu Country’ with Reba McEntire is truly a gift. She is one of the nicest people that I have ever had a the pleasure to be around. She is so professional and always on time and has it together. It really is a joy to be around her.”

― Sara Rue

“I think my first album was a gift for my birthday and a Faith Hill album; I loved her.”

― Sara Sampaio

“There is really only one way to deal with Misery. Accept her presence. Like most experiences in life, we must acknowledge the passage gracefully and let her move through our lives because she brings with her a hidden gift.”

― Sarah Ban Breathnach

“You do have to be fairly selfish when you have a gift. You cannot afford to let too many outside things get in the way.”

― Sarah Brightman

“Every day, I love what I do and I think it’s a gift and privilege to love your job.”

― Sarah Burton

“The idea of being on a show where each season stands alone, and you can come back the next year and show an entirely different aspect of your personality or your talent or your anything is an enormous gift that you rarely get in television.”

― Sarah Paulson

“I never had worked in high fashion before, had never experienced it when I was a model before. I appreciate it, being able to work with such talented people; it feels like a gift now. I think for everyone everything happens at the right time, and this is my time.”

― Saskia de Brauw

“I’ve always thought that I’ve had a nice gift for putting the right people together.”

― Scott Borchetta

“We’ve all watched hundreds of movies from characters’ points of view that are not our own. That’s part of the gift movies give us.”

― Scott Derrickson

“I’m committed to winning. The leadership of the Liberal Party is always the gift of the parliamentary Liberal Party, and I never make any presumptions on it.”

― Scott Morrison

“If anyone has an MiLB franchise they’re looking to gift for tax purposes, I’ll take it! Not picky.”

― Scott Rogowsky

“The gift of writing is to be self-forgetful, to get a surge of inner life or inner supply or unexpected sense of empowerment, to be afloat, to be out of yourself.”

― Seamus Heaney

“There was a combination of not wanting to look a gift horse in the mouth, but also really not wanting to be stuck in Lord of the Rings for the rest of my life, and being desperate to kind of make sure that I could do something else with my life.”

― Sean Astin

“My mind is always racing, and always going and always working, and it’s a gift and a curse.”

― Sean Combs

“My talent is definitely a gift. I don’t understand where it comes from. I don’t play an instrument, and I never went to school for music production, but I know exactly how a song should sound and how to give an artist direction.”

― Sean Combs

“Actually it’s a gift as an actor to cover such different parts of history. It’s like time travelling, being inside a history book, in the actual locations.”

― Sebastian Koch

“To find beauty in the most grotesque things is a gift.”

― Seph Lawless

“I have great belief in the fact that whenever there is chaos, it creates wonderful thinking. I consider chaos a gift.”

― Septima Poinsette Clark

“I think the greatest gift your parents can give you if you want to be a comedian is good taste.”

― Seth Meyers

“When my girlfriend and I talk about being happy, I’ll get choked up, which I think is the greatest gift you can give a girlfriend.”

― Seth Meyers

“Every child is a gift of Allah, and every child in Pakistan, to me, is like my own child, so I will do my best to take the message to every doorstep in Pakistan. Reaching every child, every time with the polio vaccine is not only necessary, but it is our duty. This disease can’t deter us; we will defeat it.”

― Shahid Afridi

“Pharrell’s affected everyone through music. To work with someone like that – it’s a gift. You ever meet somebody you can learn so much from, and all you have to do is be quiet and watch? That’s what it was like. I took in how he moves, speaks, how he creates, the whole nine.”

― Shameik Moore

“Over and over, since I was very young, I see things that are about to happen. You can call it heightened intuition; you can call it visions… I see it as a gift. It’s my role to give people a heightened awareness, to show that basically we can change the world.”

― Shari Arison

“I would like to go back and spend a Christmas with my family and myself when I was five years old and just see what that dynamic would be like. Observe it. I think it would be a magical gift.”

― Sharon Lawrence

“I think I was given a gift to wrestle. And I think when I came back, I had a much better appreciation of that. And I believe the way I went about doing it made me better at it. I didn’t identify myself with the job as I did so much in the ’90s. In the ’90s, I didn’t know who I was other than ‘the wrestler.’”

― Shawn Michaels

“Is keeping Big Oil happy with subsidies from the American people more important than addressing our deficit? Should a billionaire who makes a multi-million-dollar gift to a museum receive more tax bang for his charitable buck than a middle-class family who gives to their local church?”

― Sheldon Whitehouse

“I had to have a complete liver transplant. I waited with a beeper for a year and 10 months to get that gift.”

― Shelley Fabares

“I waited with a beeper for a year and 10 months to get that gift.”

― Shelley Fabares

“I worked at Sears in the Woodfield Mall as a gift wrapper. I’m actually a great gift wrapper, and the customers were so nice to me. I was only 16, and eventually Sears put me in customer service because I was so friendly.”

― Sherri Shepherd

“Every day is a gift.”

― Sheryl Sandberg

“I knew that the most important thing a man has is in his head, and from a young age, I often studied the head structure of each person, hoping to crack his codes. I considered a high forehead a gift from God.”

― Shimon Peres

“I’m always being asked if I watch ‘The X Factor,’ and I do from time to time. I know it makes for great TV and that Simon Cowell has a real gift.”

― Shirley Bassey

“It’s a dream for everyone to be a part of an American series – a huge, successful series. It’s just a gift for me.”

― Sibel Kekilli

“Talent is a gift that can be given, and it can be taken away. We have to appreciate that.”

― Sidney Sheldon

“The liberty of the individual is no gift of civilization. It was greatest before there was any civilization.”

― Sigmund Freud

“At 11, 12, I thought I was clumsy, ugly, a mess, an unappealing person, but I did have the gift of the gab. I had the school record at Haberdashers for consecutive detentions for simply speaking out of turn.”

― Simon Schama

“Some people are born good-looking. Some have the gift of gab. And some are lucky enough to be born smarter than the rest of us. Whether we like it or not, Mother Nature does not dole these characteristics out evenly.”

― Simon Sinek

“I use Ole Henriksen eye gel when I think of it, and go for facials when spa gift certificates appear as a professional thank-you or in a gift bag. Once ensconced in a facialist’s chair, I let myself be coaxed into all sorts of treatments, because I’m there already, so why not?”

― Sloane Crosley

“Songwriting is my gift from God.”

― Smokey Robinson

“I guess my first professional experience was when my church choir director told my mother that I had a gift with my voice and said that I should think about auditioning, at 11 years old, for the chorus of our regional opera company.”

― Sondra Radvanovsky

“Reason is God’s crowning gift to man.”

― Sophocles

“I’m the hardest person to buy a gift for.”

― Stacy Keibler

“I don’t read much nonfiction because the nonfiction I do read always seems to be so badly written. What I enjoy about fiction – the great gift of fiction – is that it gives language an opportunity to happen.”

― Stanley Elkin

“To come to terms with our beginning requires a truthful story to acquire the skills to live in gratitude rather than resentment for the gift of life.”

― Stanley Hauerwas

“Time is a gift and a threat because we are bodily creatures. We only come into existence through the bodies of others, but that very body destines us to death. We must be born and we must die.”

― Stanley Hauerwas

“Israel knew that there was no greater gift than to be given God’s name, but that gift was a frightening reality that threatened to consume her. Israel, who would be tempted by the idolatrous presumption she possessed God’s name, rightly never forgot she could not say God’s name.”

― Stanley Hauerwas

“For me, singing is the most natural thing in the world. I’ve grown up with it and I know I’ve got that gift.”

― Stella McCartney

“Life is such a precious gift. Whatever life throws at us, if we could just learn to get through that day and hang on to the next, you never know what may come. It may get worse, but you never know.”

― Stephen Baldwin

“Starting in ’98 when I was researching ‘Traffic,’ I got to meet really serious people in Washington, which for a screenwriter was kind of a great gift. And I really valued these guys; I stayed in touch with them, and I find their point-of-view quite interesting.”

― Stephen Gaghan

“To be honest, there is a special gift for doing voice-overs, and the people who did the voices in the ‘SpongeBob’ cast are excellent at cartoon voice-overs, and they bring something extra to the reads.”

― Stephen Hillenburg

“Life is an incurable disease leading to death, but it’s also an unrequested gift, which, if we can manage to keep giving it away to others, can keep giving back everything to us.”

― Stephen Hough

“King Frederick I of Prussia conceived the Amber Chamber in 1701 as a magnificent gift to the Russian royal family that would seal the alliance between the two powers.”

― Stephen Kinzer

“I’m going to take this God-given gift of being funny, and I’m going to spread it out like peanut butter on everything I do.”

― Steve Harvey

“You can take lessons to become almost anything: flying lessons, piano lessons, skydiving lessons, acting lessons, race car driving lessons, singing lessons. But there’s no class for comedy. You have to be born with it. God has to give you this gift.”

― Steve Harvey

“To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift.”

― Steve Prefontaine

“I believe that being dependent makes you more vulnerable. I believe work is the greatest gift you will ever receive.”

― Steve Southerland

“The great powers of the world may have done wonders in giving the world an industrial look, but the great gift still has to come from Africa – giving the world a more human face.”

― Steven Biko

“In time, we shall be in a position to bestow on South Africa the greatest possible gift – a more human face.”

― Steven Biko

“The gift that has been given to me says much about our capacity for great compassion and generosity, and I hope it sends an inspiring message to others about the importance of organ donation.”

― Steven Cojocaru

“I felt God’s love, and that was a great gift.”

― Steven Ford

“I would argue that nothing gives life more purpose than the realization that every moment of consciousness is a precious and fragile gift.”

― Steven Pinker

“Success is a gift, but it’s a handicap at the same time, I think.”

― Stromae

“I sent an ex of mine an enormous oil painting of me as a housewarming gift. It was one of the most elaborate and time-consuming practical jokes I’ve ever done.”

― Sue Perkins

“I’m not religious, but I believe that what I have is a gift, and I respect it and live up to it.”

― Sugar Ray Leonard

“I like to keep most of my bats. I think I have about 250 bats, including my first – which cost Rs 2000 – a gift from my dad in 1998, when I moved to the hostel.”

― Suresh Raina

“I had forgotten how thrilling a snow day is until my son started school, and as much as he loves it, he swoons at the idea of a free day arriving unexpectedly, laid out like a gift.”

― Susan Orlean

“Mitch and I have known each other for such a long time, and we’re both so pleased to be given this opportunity at this point in our lives to play characters that we’ve never really had a chance to play before. It’s a great gift. Plus we’re wise enough to appreciate it.”

― Susan Sullivan

“I think if I have any kind of unique gift, it’s more in the comedy area than it is in the dramatic area.”

― Susan Sullivan

“The gift art gives us is that instead of seeing only our own world, we see into other times, which offers a window into other cultures and sensibilities.”

― Susan Vreeland

“Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino gave me such a gift with ‘Bunheads,’ and to give me this gift of going on ‘Gilmore Girls’ was beyond. It was awesome.”

― Sutton Foster

“The writing of ‘Topdog’ was a great gift. I feel the play came to me because I realized that my circumstances, while causing me despair and heartbreak, also held great possibility, if only I could see it.”

― Suzan-Lori Parks

“Fresh, organic, cage-free eggs that slip right out of the shell are a versatile gift of the food world and can be transformed into a variety of tasty meals.”

― Suzanne Somers

“I would like to do my own daily talk show. Wisdom is the gift of ageing; no young person can have or buy it. My success was and is self-evident. I’m alive. I’ve lived. I’ve thrived and have grown as a person. I’m now healthier than ever. Who can argue with that?”

― Suzanne Somers

“Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself.”

― Suzanne Somers

“When you lose something in your life, stop thinking it’s a loss for you… it is a gift you have been given so you can get on the right path to where you are meant to go, not to where you think you should have gone.”

― Suze Orman

“Estate planning is an important and everlasting gift you can give your family. And setting up a smooth inheritance isn’t as hard as you might think.”

― Suze Orman

“In January we start saving money, getting out of credit card debt, funding our retirement accounts, and we’re doing wonderful. Then, every single year like clockwork, starting in November, all of you fall into this trap that says, ‘I have to buy this gift… I can’t show up at this party and not have something for everybody.’”

― Suze Orman

“Sometimes poverty is the greatest gift you can ever be given. Sometimes loss is the key that leads you to gain.”

― Suze Orman

“In 1995, I founded The Molecular Sciences Institute with a gift from the Philip Morris Company where I hoped that we could create an environment where young people could pursue science in an atmosphere of harmonious purpose and high intellectual challenge.”

― Sydney Brenner

“I work hard to make a gift to the audience.”

― Sylvie Guillem

“We’re fortunate that our fans worldwide have really embraced our evolution. We know how lucky we are. We want to change people’s lives. I’m not saying we’re God’s gift, but we’re trying to make a difference.”

― Synyster Gates

“I was very fortunate in my gene mix. The gambling instincts I inherited from my father were matched by my mother’s gift for analysis.”

― T. Boone Pickens

“I think the first step is to understand that forgiveness does not exonerate the perpetrator. Forgiveness liberates the victim. It’s a gift you give yourself.”

― T. D. Jakes

“I am not a prisoner of conscious, but people try to make me one sometimes. It is both a gift and a curse. It’s a high honour but can create limitations – I have to be fluid.”

― Talib Kweli

“My parents gave me the gift of love and support. They told me never to question what my heart wanted and to be proud of who I was as an individual.”

― Tara Lipinski

“Love is the greatest gift that God has given us. It’s free.”

― Taraji P. Henson

“I try to be very honest in my writing. It’s amazing, though, to think that people are responding to what we do, but it’s okay if they’re responding in a positive way too, because I think just creating anything at all to put out there is a gift.”

― Tavi Gevinson

“I paint. I still do it every day. I never neglected it. It’s a gift. It’s almost like religion for me. It’s the quickest way for me to become still.”

― Taylor Negron

“Plot is just not my gift. I’m fascinated with complex characters, and that doesn’t mix well with complex plots. And by the way, when the plot is simple, you can move one piece around and make it feel fresh. ‘Hell or High Water”s a good example: I don’t tell you why the brothers are robbing the bank.”

― Taylor Sheridan

“To grow up knowing you’re loved is astounding. It’s a huge gift to a child.”

― Ted Danson

“This is a gift. This is a gift from God. It’s really like the old Biblical passage that talks about your body being a temple. That’s not to say that I’ve never done anything but I’ve never abused myself. Never gone over the top for a long period of time.”

― Teena Marie

“I just think it’s a blessing that I was able to have the gift of words and to be able to put them into music. I was given a great gift all the way around. I didn’t ever have to really go out and look for songs, you know.”

― Teena Marie

“I have a very personal feeling about how special America is, and I know how precious freedom is. It is a sacred gift, sanctified by those who have lived it and those who have died defending it. My right to speak my mind, to have a voice, to be what some have called ‘opinionated,’ is a right I deeply and profoundly cherish.”

― Teresa Heinz

“On Sept. 20, 2011, a year after I spoke with Rabanni, a couple of Taliban emissaries arrived at his Kabul fortress with a gift for his 71st birthday. It turned out not to be the truce offering they had claimed they were bringing: one of the Talibs had a bomb hidden in his turban.”

― Terry Glavin

“I’ve been fortunate because I got the gift to do comedy and drama. When you can do both, you get twice as many parts as anyone else.”

― Terry Kiser

“My mom always said if you have a gift, it is absolutely not about you. So I don’t get twisted and think for one second it’s all about me.”

― Tessanne Chin

“The best gift you can give a baby is a full nine months of pregnancy.”

― Thalia

“It’s truly wonderful to have a kid. It’s the best gift you could possibly get.”

― The Miz

“Verily, great grace may go with a little gift; and precious are all things that come from a friend.”

― Theocritus

“He who loves with purity considers not the gift of the lover, but the love of the giver.”

― Thomas a Kempis

“It is a strange trade that of advocacy. Your intellect, your highest heavenly gift is hung up in the shop window like a loaded pistol for sale.”

― Thomas Carlyle

“A gift, with a kind countenance, is a double present.”

― Thomas Fuller

“I’m not sure I have a natural gift. I think it’s just that some people have an easier time expressing their emotions, maybe because of the way they’ve been raised, and I’ve always been expressive.”

― Thomas Horn

“I wrote a lot of ‘Driving on the Rim’ by giving myself the gift of being just as eccentric as I felt like.”

― Thomas McGuane

“The priesthood is not really so much a gift as it is a commission to serve, a privilege to lift, and an opportunity to bless the lives of others.”

― Thomas S. Monson

“What will you and I give for Christmas this year? Let us in our lives give to our Lord and Savior the gift of gratitude by living His teachings and following in His footsteps.”

― Thomas S. Monson

“When God loves a creature he wants the creature to know the highest happiness and the deepest misery He wants him to know all that being alive can bring. That is his best gift. There is no happiness save in understanding the whole.”

― Thornton Wilder

“I’m not going to give a courtesy gift to a person who’s going to win, and I’m not going to give a sympathy gift to a person who’s going to lose.”

― Tim Kaine

“I’ve written many nonfiction books, but that’s a special gift.”

― Tim LaHaye

“Obama’s gift for delivering set-piece oratorical tours de force had special resonance to Americans fed up with a president who could hardly string two words together without a collision of syntax and whose idea of clever was the single entendre.”

― Tina Brown

“I became an actress and studied human emotions so that I could give the gift of feelings to my son. This is what my whole journey has been about.”

― Tisha Campbell-Martin

“I think good actors are born with a kind of native gift. When you study too much with an acting teacher, that gets taken away. You lose your sense of spontaneity.”

― Titus Welliver

“I care about working on interesting problems, and Shopify is this gift that keeps on giving for working on interesting problems with amazing people.”

― Tobias Lutke

“I wanted my new release ‘Get Back Up’ to benefit Haiti in their tragedy and I am blessed to use my music to help as your purchase becomes our gift.”

― TobyMac

“I’m an avid shoe fan. I got my first pair of Louboutins as a birthday gift from Jami Gertz.”

― Toks Olagundoye

“President Bush’s mercury rule is a gift to the big energy companies that helped put him in office.”

― Tom Allen

“Barack Obama’s name will be the one on the peace prize, but his speech and his manner could become a gift for generations to come.”

― Tom Brokaw

“Liberty is the most precious gift we offer our citizens.”

― Tom Ridge

“We were against the war in Vietnam and for voter registration and social issues. Everybody has their choices, and the obligation of a comedian is first to entertain. And if you’re so inclined, and you have some bigger thought, make sure you express it, because that’s a gift.”

― Tom Smothers

“Success is fickle, but creativity is a gift.”

― Tommy Shaw

“To me, life is a gift, and it’s a blessing to just be alive. And each person should learn what a gift it is to be alive no matter how tough things get.”

― Tony Bennett

“Singing is a gift.”

― Tony Bennett

“There is a gift of the Holy Spirit that is given to both men and women in the New Testament. This is what makes the New Testament a New Testament rather than the Old Testament, in which women did not have such privileges.”

― Tony Campolo

“Human nature being what it is, if you told me you were going to give me one dollar with no strings attached, I probably wouldn’t question the gift too much. But if you told me you wanted to give me one hundred dollars with no obligation, I’d have to think about it for a minute before accepting.”

― Tony Evans

“Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.”

― Tony Robbins

“It’s part of the gift and the curse of coming behind my brother. I’m not afforded the luxury of just taking a set casual, taking the night off. Because if I bomb, it’s, ‘Oh, he’s not funny – he’s just doing it because of his brother.’”

― Tony Rock

“I had the virtue of wanting to hang out with people who were more talented than me. I can’t write songs, I can’t perform, I can’t design clubs, but I was an enthusiast. My gift was that I said yes to everybody.”

― Tony Wilson

“I feel like it’s a gift for any writer to be recognized like this.”

― Tracy K. Smith

“Jacqueline Woodson’s books are such a gift to parents and children for their poignant subtlety and lyricism and their willingness to let a reader dwell in the pangs of realization that we sometimes try to protect our children from.”

― Tracy K. Smith

“That’s a gift God’s given us: the ability to work together in collaborations.”

― Tracy Morgan

“What I thought at the moment was the worst thing that could happen was absolutely the biggest gift I’ve received.”

― Trey Anastasio

“To be able to do what you truly love for a living is a gift.”

― Trombone Shorty

“When God hands you a gift, he also hands you a whip; and the whip is intended for self-flagellation solely.”

― Truman Capote

“Artemisinin… is a true gift from old Chinese medicine. But this is not the only instance in which the wisdom of Chinese medicine has borne fruit.”

― Tu Youyou

“Well, Mozart is extraordinary not only in that he became virtuoso along the lines of his father, but that he had that compositional gift, that melodic gift. By the time he was four, he was doing piano concertos with harmony in the background.”

― Twyla Tharp

“I have the wherewithal to challenge myself for my entire life. That’s a great gift.”

― Twyla Tharp

“Schubert had arguably the same melodic gift as Mozart, but even less support. He didn’t have the early exposure, never got to travel anywhere, and yet generated and amassed a body of work that grew and developed and is very profound.”

― Twyla Tharp

“I believe imagination to be a uniquely human gift. The reason I like my job, and have liked it for more than half a century, is that I get to use my imagination.”

― Tyne Daly

“I love and adore being a mother. It’s the greatest gift I’ve ever been given.”

― Uma Thurman

“I’ve got some gift for languages. You follow your gift. But Latin’s not easy.”

― Ursula K. Le Guin

“Such a gift might be easily taken back again.”

― Veronica Franco

“If you’re not a parent, if you’re an aunt or uncle or neighbor, books are an amazing gift.”

― Victoria Osteen

“It is so easy to forget that this is good that we’re alive. We should be enjoying this gift of being alive.”

― Victoria Principal

“I was always under the impression that acting is an innate gift. One of the first things I heard them say at Koothu-P-Pattarai was that actors should realise the art of acting through their training.”

― Vijay Sethupathi

“I guess maybe another gift I have is a great work ethic.”

― Vince McMahon

“I think God has blessed each of us with at least one gift. So I think it’s a matter of do we find it within our lifetime.”

― Ving Rhames

“God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.”

― Voltaire

“That’s a great gift to be given, that feeling of no fear.”

― W. S. Merwin

“I’ve got that Beethoven energy, that Stravinsky energy. And it’s all a gift from the Creator.”

― Wadada Leo Smith

“Mrs. White, in my opinion, made false statements. She misused what she claimed was the prophetic gift she had.”

― Walter Martin

“The presence of passion within you is the greatest gift you can receive. Treat it as a miracle.”

― Wayne Dyer

“People think of teachers who are born to teach, and you think of all these charismatic folks. Some of the most successful teachers are some of the least charismatic, interestingly. But they have a gift of figuring out what motivates people.”

― Wendy Kopp

“I always looked at the process and the career of being a ballerina as sacred. It’s a true gift to have this talent and perform these masterworks; it’s sublime.”

― Wendy Whelan

“For my confirmation, I didn’t get a watch and my first pair of long pants, like most Lutheran boys. I got a telescope. My mother thought it would make the best gift.”

― Wernher von Braun

“Confidence is the greatest gift for an actor.”

― Will Poulter

“God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say ‘thank you?’”

― William Arthur Ward

“In terms of instilling the values of mental toughness and work ethic, discipline is the gift that keeps on giving.”

― William Baldwin

“I think it better that in times like these a poet’s mouth be silent, for in truth we have no gift to set a statesman right.”

― William Butler Yeats

“Beauty is the lover’s gift.”

― William Congreve

“One of the prerogatives by which man is eminently distinguished from all other living beings inhabiting this globe of earth, consists in the gift of reason.”

― William Godwin

“It is often said that the earth belongs to the race, as if raw land was a boon, or gift.”

― William Graham Sumner

“I beg to present you as a Christmas gift the city of Savannah.”

― William Tecumseh Sherman

“Baseball for me was instinctive, born within me, given to me as a gift from God.”

― Willie Stargell

“Honestly, I’ve been very blessed. Yes, I am cursed with this gift.”

― Wilmer Valderrama

“I also believe my musical abilities are a true gift from God.”

― Wynonna Judd

“Mesut is one of those unique players you see every once in a while. He has the gift of a perfect touch in tight spaces that makes him special.”

― Xabi Alonso

“The violinist must possess the poet’s gift of piercing the protective hide which grows on propagandists, stockbrokers and slave traders, to penetrate the deeper truth which lies within.”

― Yehudi Menuhin

“When you learn something from people, or from a culture, you accept it as a gift, and it is your lifelong commitment to preserve it and build on it.”

― Yo-Yo Ma

“Every essential oil has a healing purpose, so I think it’s a great gift because it’s something that elevates your mood and your health.”

― Yolanda Hadid

“Being acknowledged and appreciated by your child and stepchild is the greatest gift for all the hard work we put in as parents.”

― Yolanda Hadid

“Our music has been an incredible gift to help us make a difference.”

― Zac Brown

“High School Musical has been a blessing and a gift.”

― Zac Efron

“Your anger is a gift.”

― Zack de la Rocha

“I’m always a bit suspicious of writers who have the gift of the gab.”

― Zadie Smith

“I tell people that it’s one thing to have the gift and the talent and work hard but another thing to have the favor of God in making it all work, and I think all those are factors.”

― Zaytoven

“I think this is one of the greatest gifts of this era: Because of the Internet, we can start to type a question into Google and watch the question auto-fill. In that moment, we know someone else has asked that same question. The gift of realizing you’re not alone is incredibly powerful.”

― Ze Frank

“I don’t want to get too philosophical, but in a sense, you’re given this gift, this sort of creative force in you, and I think everyone has it, and it’s completely unique to you. And you as a person have a little bit of a responsibility as its shepherd if you choose to incorporate that into your life.”

― Ze Frank

“I love Jo Malone. I got the Orange Blossom scent as a gift many years ago, and I fell in love with it. It’s very light, natural, sweet. It’s there but not that obvious.”

― Zhu Zhu
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