cast one's bread upon the waters, to

cast (one's) bread upon the waters

Do good deeds without being motivated by a potential reward. Maia left her high-powered accounting job to cast her bread upon the waters and care for her mother.
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cast one's bread upon the waters, to

To invest one’s time, money, or effort without expecting an immediate return or reward. The term comes from the Book of Ecclesiastes (11:1)—“Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days”—urging the congregation to give generously, for one day they would indeed be rewarded. A more modern example is, “Cast your bread upon the waters and it will come back to you—buttered” (Elbert Hubbard, Book of Epigrams, 1911).
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