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An effort made for the happiness of others lifts us above ourselves.
      - Mrs. Lydia Maria Child

Almost all the virtues that can be named are enwrapt in one virtue of charity and love:--"for it suffereth long." and so it is longanimity; it "is kind," and so it is courtesy; it "vaunteth not itself," and so it is modesty; it "is not puffed up," and so it is humility; it "is not easily provoked," and so it is lenity; it "thinketh no evil," and so it is simplicity; it "rejoiceth in the truth," and so it is verity; it "beareth all things," and so it is fortitude; it "believeth all things," and so it is faith ; it "hopeth all things," and so it is confidence; it "endureth all things," and so it is patience; it "never faileth," and so it is perseverance.
      - William Chillingworth

Charity is the scope of all God's commands.
      - St. John Chrysostom

Did universal charity prevail, earth would be a heaven and hell a fable.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

If there be a pleasure on earth which angels cannot enjoy, and which they might almost envy man the possession of, it is the power of relieving distress--if there be a pain which devils might pity man for enduring, it is the death-bed reflection that we have possessed the power of doing good, but that we have abused and perverted it to purposes of ill.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

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

There can be no Christianity where there is no charity.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

You cannot separate charity and religion.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Charity is that rational and constant affection which makes us sacrifice ourselves to the human race, as if we were united with it, so as to form one individual, partaking equally in its adversity and prosperity.
      - Confucius

True Charity, a plant divinely nurs'd.
      - William Cowper, Charity (l. 573)

Charity is a principle of prevailing love to God and good will to men which effectually inclines one endued with it to glorify God and to do good to others.
      - Alexander Cruden ("Alexander the Corrector")

It is an old saying, that charity begins at home; but this is no reason 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 be should have a generous feeling for the welfare of the whole.
      - Richard Cumberland, Bishop of Peterborough (1)

Poplicola's doors were opened on the outside, to save the people even the common civility of asking entrance; where misfortune was a powerful recommendation, and where want itself was a powerful mediator.
      - John Dryden

The secret pleasure of a generous act, is the great mind's great bribe.
      - John Dryden

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

It is wicked to withdraw from being useful to the needy, and cowardly to give way to the worthless.
      - Epictetus

Charity resembleth fire, which inflameth all things it toucheth.
      - Desiderius Gerhard Erasmus

Nothing will make us so charitable and tender to the faults of others as by self-examination thoroughly to know our own.
      - Francois de Salignac Fenelon

A rich man without charity is a rogue; and perhaps it would, be no difficult matter to prove that he is also a fool.
      - Henry Fielding

Though we may sometimes unintentionally bestow our beneficence on the unworthy, it does not take from the merit of the act. For charity doth not adopt the vices of its objects.
      - Henry Fielding

To complain that life has no joys while there is a single creature whom we can relieve by our bounty, assist by our counsels or enliven by our presence, is to lament the loss of that which we possess, and is just as irrational as to die of thirst with the cup in our hands.
      - Sir Thomas Fitzosborne, William Melmoth

Why should not our solemn duties and our hastening end render us so united that personal contention would be impossible, in a general sympathy, quickened by the breath of a forbearing and pitying charity?
      - Henry Giles

What we frankly give, forever is our own.
      - George Granville, Lord Landsdowne

No farther seek his merits to disclose,
  Or draw his frailties from their dread abode
    (There they alike in trembling hope repose),
      The bosom of his Father and his God.
      - Thomas Gray,
        Elegy in a Country Churchyard--Epitaph

When your courtyard twists, do not pour the water abroad.
      - Grefs

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