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[ Also see Charity Christianity Disinterestedness Good Nature Humanitarianism Humanity Magnanimity Mankind Philanthropy Self-love Usefulness Well-doing ]

The lower a man descends in his love, the higher he lifts his life.
      - William R. Alger

As often as we do good, we offer sacrifice to God.
      - Aristotle

Poverty is the load of some, and wealth is the load of others, perhaps the greater load of the two. It may weigh them to perdition. Bear the load of thy neighbor's poverty, and let him bear with thee the load of thy wealth. Thou lightenest thy load by lightening his.
      - Saint Aurelius Augustine (Augustine of Hippo)

. . . amid life's quests
  That seems but worthy one--to do men good.
      - Philip James Bailey

How quickly a truly benevolent act is repaid by the consciousness of having done it!
      - Hosea Ballou

The charities of life are scattered everywhere, enameling the vales of human beings as the flowers paint the meadows. They are not the fruit of study, nor the privilege of refinement, but a natural instinct.
      - George Bancroft

There do remain dispersed in the soil of human nature divers seeds of goodness, of benignity, of ingenuity, which, being cherished, excited, and quickened by good culture, do, by common experience, thrust out flowers very lovely, and yield fruits very pleasant of virtue and goodness.
      - Isaac Barrow

Every fresh act of benevolence is the herald of deeper satisfaction; every charitable act a stepping-stone towards heaven.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Honor the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:
  So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. III, v. 9-10)

The lessons of prudence have charms,
  And slighted, may lead to distress;
    But the man whom benevolence warms
      Is an angel who lives but to bless.
      - Robert Bloomfield

There is scarcely a man who is not conscious of the benefits which his own mind has received from the performance of single acts of benevolence. How strange that so few of us try a course of the same medicine!
      - John Frederick Boyes

A poor man serv'd by thee, shall make thee rich.
      - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Thy love shall chant itself its own beatitudes, after its own life working. A child-kiss, set on thy sighing lips, shall make thee glad; a poor man, served, by thee, shall make thee rich; a rich man, helped by thee, shall make thee strong; thou shalt be served thyself by every sense of service which thou renderest.
      - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

It is in contemplating man at a distance that we become benevolent.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

And 'tis not sure so full a benefit
  Freely to give as freely to require.
    A bounteous act hath glory following it,
      They cause the glory that the act desire.
      - Lady Elizabeth Carew (Cary or Carey)

Rare benevolence, the minister of God.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Benevolence is not in word and in tongue, but in deed and in truth. It is a business with men as they are, and with human life as drawn by the rough hand of experience. It is a duty which you must perform at the call of principle; though there be no voice of eloquence to give splendor to your exertions, and no music of poetry to lead your willing footsteps through the bowers of enchantment. It is not the impulse of high and ecstatic emotion. It is an exertion of principle. You must go to the poor man's cottage, though no verdure flourish around it, and no rivulet be nigh to delight you by the gentleness of its murmurs. If you look for the romantic simplicity of fiction you will be disappointed; but it is your duty to persevere in spite of every discouragement. Benevolence is not merely a feeling but a principle; not a dream of rapture for the fancy to indulge in, but a business for the hand to execute.
      - Thomas Chalmers

Men resemble the gods in nothing so much as in doing good to their fellow creatures.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

The office of liberality consisteth in giving with judgment.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

We should be careful that our benevolence does not exceed our means.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

The paternal and filial duties discipline the heart, and prepare it for the love of all mankind. The intensity of private attachment encourages, not prevents, universal benevolence.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

As there are none so weak that we may venture to injure them with impunity, so there are none so low that they may not at some time be able to repay an obligation. Therefore, what benevolence would dictate, prudence would confirm.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

God will excuse our prayers for ourselves whenever we are prevented from them by being occupied in such good works as to entitle us to the prayers of others.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

That is fine benevolence, finely executed, which, like the Nile, comes from hidden sources.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

The great Howard was so fully engaged in works of active benevolence, that, unlike Baxter, whose knees were calcined by prayer, he left himself but little time to pray. Thousands were praying for him.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

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