45 Quotes About Reciprocity


Reciprocity can bring joy and give a gift to others. This type of exchanging creates a mutual benefit to both. Here is a look at some of the best quotes about reciprocity.

“A little reciprocity goes a long way.”

“A lot of brothers don’t understand. When it comes to making love, reciprocity is everything.”

“A society that relies on generalized reciprocity is more efficient than a distrustful society, for the same reason that money is more efficient than barter. Trust lubricates social life.”

“Abundance is a dance with reciprocity – what we can give, what we can share, and what we receive in the process.”

“By a divine paradox, wherever there is one slave there are two. So in the wonderful reciprocities of being, we can never reach the higher levels until all our fellows ascend with us.”

“Competing against each other leaves little space for reciprocity and the growth of social capital. Running against another in a race may benefit our speed, but jointly organising the sports day produces cooperation and trust.”

“Conversations are efforts toward good relations. They are an elementary form of reciprocity.”

“Granted, we may try to help our own family members because they share our DNA. Or help someone else in expectation that they will help us later.”

“I think it is said that Gauss had ten different proofs for the law of quadratic reciprocity. Any good theorem should have several proofs, the more the better.”

“I think that all moralities adequately serving the function of fostering social cooperation must contain a norm of reciprocity – a norm of returning good for good received.”

“I think we need to teach pleasure. What beautiful touch means. What reciprocity means.”

“Ideally citizens are to think of themselves as if they were legislators and ask themselves what statutes, supported by what reasons satisfying the criterion of reciprocity, they would think is most reasonable to enact.”

“If you ask anyone, what is morality based on? These are the two factors that always come out: One is reciprocity, … a sense of fairness, and the other one is empathy and compassion.”

“I’ve always noticed that Old Families, like plumbers and barbers and possibly drummers and detectives, seem to have some kind of reciprocity arrangement in the South.”

“I’ve argued that many of what philosophers call moral sentiments can be seen in other species.”

“Jealousy knows no logic, nor does it respect reciprocity.”

“Lack of reciprocity ruins friendships, but makes love affairs exciting for a time.”

“Love is never wasted, for its value does not rest upon reciprocity.”

“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”

“No love is ever wasted. Its worth does not lie in reciprocity.”

“Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.”

“One of the most powerful shocks of the Middle Passage is the collapse of our tacit contract with the universe-the assumption that if we act correctly, if we are of good heart and good intentions, things will work out.”

“Only by affirming the animateness of perceived things do we allow our words to emerge directly from the depths of our ongoing reciprocity with the world.”

“Our modern, rootless times do seem to be a particularly inhospitable environment for loyalty.”

“Peace is not just the absence of war, it is the active presence of a capacity for love and compassion, and reciprocity.”

“Reciprocity helps us balance the need for self-determination and creative individuality with mutual hope and, therefore, what might be described as ‘solidarity.'”

“Reciprocity is a deep instinct; it is the basic currency of social life.”

“Social peace requires reciprocity.”

“Tell me who I’ve got to be, to get some reciprocity.”

“That which you do not wish for yourself, do not impose on others.”

“The universe is a vast system of exchange. Every artery of it is in motion, throbbing with reciprocity, from the planet to the rotting leaf.”

“The very ingredients that nurture love – mutuality, reciprocity, protection, worry, responsibility for the other – are sometimes the very ingredients that stifle desire.”

“There is one word that can be the guide for your life- it is the word reciprocity.”

“There is one word which may serve as a rule of practice for all one’s life -reciprocity.”

“To stand emotionally open before the world & give of our hearts without fear of hurt or demand of reciprocity – this is the ultimate act of human courage.”

“True community is based on upon equality, mutuality, and reciprocity. It affirms the richness of individual diversity as well as the common human ties that bind us together.”

“Unconditional love. That’s what he wants to give her and what he wants from her. People should give without wanting anything in return. All other giving is selfish.”

“Volleyball is one of the most interactive games going. It is a game of intuition, imagination, improvisation – but most of all, of reciprocity – of teamwork. There is no way to free-lance in volleyball.”

“We see things like reciprocity which are fairly central to our view of ethics. But if you’re talking about a set of worked-out rules on what we are supposed to do then, yes, it is a human product.”

“We should expect hope’s reciprocity as a natural flowering of the life of hope. Helping others and nurturing hope is expressive of hopefulness itself.”

“What interferes with this peaceful feeling is our expectation of reciprocity.”

“What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.”

“Whatever mourns when many leave these shores: Whatever shares The eternal reciprocity of tears.”

“When a man is guided by the principles of reciprocity and consciousness, he is not far from the moral law. Whatever you don’t wish for yourself don’t do unto others.”

“Whenever you feel ‘short’ or in ‘need’ of something, give what you want first and it will come back in buckets. That is true for money, a smile, love, friendship.”

The law of reciprocity requires multiple persuasion techniques that allow you to influence others.