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Quotations: Charity

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

Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.
Oren Arnold

Peace is the work of justice indirectly, in so far as justice removes the obstacles to peace; but it is the work of charity (love) directly, since charity, according to its very notion, causes peace.
St. Thomas Aquinas

Order your soul; reduce your wants; live in charity; associate in Christian community; obey the laws; trust in Providence.
Saint Augustine

Before reciting his prayers, a man should give to charity.
Nachman of Bratslav

Even the poor should give something to charity.
Nachman of Bratslav

A man's drive for profit should be prompted by the desire to give charity.
Nachman of Bratslav

Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity.
Albert Camus

The worst of charity is that the lives you are asked to preserve are not worth preserving.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Capital punishment is as fundamentally wrong as a cure for crime as charity is wrong as a cure for poverty.
Henry Ford

Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.
St. Francis

If you haven't any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.
Bob Hope

With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us finish the work we are in.
Abraham Lincoln

A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog.
Jack London

The life of a man consists not in seeing visions and in dreaming dreams, but in active charity and in willing service.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Censorship, like charity, should begin at home, but unlike charity, it should end there.
Clare Boothe Luce

Every good act is charity. A man's true wealth hereafter is the good that he does in this world to his fellows.
Moliere

A poor but humble man who gives nothing to charity is preferrable to a rich but haughty man who does.
Nachman

Arbitration is justice blended with charity.
Nachman

A society that has more justice is a society that needs less charity.
Ralph Nader

A man receiving charity always hates his benefactor- it is a fixed characteristic of human nature.
George Orwell

Lots of people think they're charitable if they give away their old clothes and things they don't want.
Myrtle Reed

Charity is injurious unless it helps the recipient to become independent of it.
John D. Rockefeller

Peace, like charity, begins at home.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

The qualities most needed are charity and tolerance, not some form of fanatical faith such as is offered to us by the various rampant isms.
Bertrand Russell

Charity degrades those who receive it and hardens those who dispense it.
George Sand

True charity is the desire to be useful to others without thought of recompense.
Emanuel Swedenborg

What do you call love, hate, charity, revenge, humanity, magnanimity, forgiveness? Different results of the one master impulse: the necessity of securing one's self-approval.
Mark Twain

All things are perceived in the light of charity, and hence under the aspect of beauty; for beauty is simply reality seen with the eyes of love.
Evelyn Underhill

While to the claims of charity a man may yield and yet be free, to the claims of conformity no man may yield and remain free at all.
Oscar Wilde

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