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Every charitable act is a stepping stone towards heaven.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

And all that believed were together, and had all things common;
  And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.
      - Bible, Acts (ch. II, v. 44-45)

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
      - Bible, I Corinthians (ch. XIII, v. 1)

And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
      - Bible, I Corinthians (ch. XIII, v. 13)

And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
      - Bible, I Corinthians (ch. XIII, v. 2)

And thou I bestow all my good to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
      - Bible, I Corinthians (ch. XIII, v. 3)

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaulteth not itself, is not puffed up.
      - Bible, I Corinthians (ch. XIII, v. 4)

And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves. for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
      - Bible, I Peter (ch. IV, v. 8)

But if any widow have children or nephews, let them learn first to shew piety at home, and to requite their parents: for that is good and acceptable before God.
      - Bible, I Timothy (ch. V, v. 4)

Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.
      - Bible, Matthew (ch. V, v. 42)

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

It maketh God man, and man God; things temporal, eternal; mortal, immortal; it maketh an enemy a friend, a servant a son, vile things glorious, cold hearts fiery, and hard thing liquid.
      - Saint Bonaventura

The spirit of the world encloses four kinds of spirits, diametrically opposed to charity--the spirit of resentment, spirit of aversion, spirit of jealousy and the spirit of indifference.
      - Jacques Benigue Bossuet

It is with charity as with money--the more we stand in need of it, the less we have to give away.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

Be charitable before wealth makes thee covetous.
      - Sir Thomas Browne

The voice of the world ["Charity begins at home"].
      - Sir Thomas Browne, Religio Medici

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

The highest exercise of charity is charity towards the uncharitable.
      - Joseph Stevens Buckminster

The heart of a girl is like a convent--the holier the cloister, the more charitable the door.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

The shepherds led the pilgrims to Mount Charity, where they showed them a man that had a bundle of cloth lying before him, out of which he cut coats and garments for the poor that stood about him; yet his bundle or roll of cloth was never the less. Then said they: "What should this be?" "This is," said the shepherds, "to show you that he who has a heart to give of his labor to the poor shall never want wherewithal. 'He that watereth shall be watered himself.' And the cake that the widow gave to the prophet did not cause that she had the less in her barrel."
      - John Bunyan

No sound ought to be heard in the church but the healing voice of Christian charity.
      - Edmund Burke,
        Reflections on the Revolution in France

The drying up a single tear has more
  Of honest fame, than shedding seas of gore.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

A friar who asks alms for God's sake begs for two.
      - Pedro Calderon de la Barca

Active beneficence is a virtue of easier practice than forbearance after having conferred, or than thankfulness after having received a benefit. I know not, indeed, whether it be a greater and more difficult exercise of magnanimity, for the one party to act as if he had forgotten, or for the other as if he constantly remembered the obligation.
      - George Canning

He who receives a good turn should never forget it; he who does one should never remember it.
      - Pierre Charron

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