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That charity is bad which takes from independence its proper pride, and from mendicity its proper shame.

The charities that soothe, and heal, and bless, lie scattered at the feet of men like flowers.

The last, best fruit that comes late to perfection, even in the kindliest soul, is tenderness toward the hard, forbearance toward the unforbearing, warmth of heart toward the cold, and philanthropy toward the misanthropic.

The place of charity, like that of God, is everywhere. Proportion thy charity to the strength of thine estate, lest God proportion thine estate to the weakness of thy charity. - Let the lips of the poor be the trumpet of thy gift, lest in seeking applause, thou lose thy reward. - Nothing is more pleasing to God than an open hand, and a closed mouth.

The spirit of the world has four kinds of spirits diametrically opposed to charity, resentment, aversion, jealousy, and indifferences.

The truly generous is truly wise, and he who loves not others, lives unblest.

The United States is not stingy. We are the greatest contributor to international efforts in the world.

There are two kinds of charity, remedial and preventive. - The former is often injurious in its tendency; the latter is always praiseworthy and beneficial.

Think of giving not as a duty but as a privilege.

Though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

To pity distress is but human; to relieve it is Godlike.

We are rich only through what we give, and poor only through what we refuse.

We should give as we would receive, cheerfully, quickly, and without hesitation; for there is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers.

When faith and hope fail, as they do sometimes, we must try charity, which is love in action. We must speculate no more on our duty, but simply do it. When we have done it, however blindly, perhaps Heaven will show us why.

While actions are always to be judged by the immutable standard of right and wrong, the judgments we pass upon men must be qualified by considerations of age, country, station, and other accidental circumstances; and it will then be found that he who is most charitable in his judgment is generally the least unjust.


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