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I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty and ye gave me drink. I was a stranger, and ye took me in.

I will chide no heathen in the world but myself, against whom I know most faults.

I would have none of that rigid and circumspect charity which is never exercised without scrutiny, and which always mistrusts the reality of the necessities laid open to it.

In giving of thine alms inquire not so much into the person, as his necessity. - God looks not so much on the merits of him that requires, as to the manner of him that relieves. - If the man deserve not, thou hast given to humanity.

In my youth I thought of writing a satire on mankind, but now in my age I think I should write an apology for them.

It is an old saying, that charity begins at home; but this is no reason that it should not go abroad: a man should live with the world as a citizen of the world; he may have a preference for the particular quarter or square, or even alley in which he lives, but he should have a generous feeling for the welfare of the whole.

It is more blessed to give than to receive.

Let him who neglects to raise the fallen, fear lest, when he falls, no one will stretch out his hand to lift him up.

Loving kindness is greater than laws; and the charities of life are more than all ceremonies.

My poor are my best patients. - God pays for them.

My poor are my best patients. God pays for them.

Nothing truly can be termed my own, but what I make my own by using well; those deeds of charity which we have done, shall stay forever with us; and that wealth which we have so bestowed, we only keep; the other is not ours.

Organized charity, scrimped and iced, In the name of the cautious, statistical Christ.

Our charity begins at home, And mostly ends where it begins.

Our true acquisitions lie only in our charities, we gain only as we give.

People who lose all their charity generally lose all their logic.

Pity, forbearance, long-sufferance, fair interpretation, excusing our brother, and taking in the best sense, and passing the gentlest sentence, are certainly our duty; and he that does not so is an unjust person.

Posthumous charities are the very essence of selfishness, when bequeathed by those who, when alive, would part with nothing.

Prayer carries us half-way to God, fasting brings us to the door of his palace, and alms-giving procures us admission.

Public charities and benevolent associations for the gratuitous relief of every species of distress, are peculiar to Christianity; no other system of civil or religious policy has originated them; they form its highest praise and characteristic feature.


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