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A woman who wants a charitable heart wants a pure mind.
      - Thomas Chandler Haliburton (used pseudonym Sam Slick)

Think not you are charitable if the love of Jesus and His brethren be not purely the motive of your gifts. Alas! you might not give your superfluities, but "bestow all your goods to feed the poor;" you might even "give your body to be burned" for them, and yet be utterly destitute of charity, if self-seeking, self-pleasing or self-ends guide you; and guide you they must, until the love of God be by the Holy Ghost shed abroad in your heart.
      - Hugh Reginald Haweis

Let shining Charity adorn your zeal,
  The noblest impulse generous minds can feel.
      - Aaron Hill

As the purse is emptied the heart is filled.
      - Victor Hugo

That charity which longs to publish itself, ceases to be charity.
      - William Hutton

I have much more confidence in the charity which begins in the home and diverges into a large humanity, than in the world-wide philanthropy which begins at the outside of our horizon to converge into egotism.
      - Mrs. Anna Brownell Jameson

I deem it the duty of every man to devote a certain portion of his income for charitable purposes; and that it is his further duty to see it so applied as to do the most good of which it is capable.
      - Thomas Jefferson

Meek and lowly, pure and holy,
  Chief among the "blessed three."
      - Charles Jefferys (Jeffreys or Jeffries),

Be charitable and indulgent to every one but yourself.
      - Joseph Joubert

Beneficence is a duty. He who frequently practices it, and sees his benevolent intentions realized, at length comes really to love him to whom he has done good. When, therefore, it is said, "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself," it is not meant, thou shalt love him first and do him good in consequence of that love, but thou shalt do good, to thy neighbor; and this thy beneficence will engender in thee that love to mankind which is the fulness and consummation of the inclination to do, good.
      - Immanuel Kant

In silence, . . .
  Steals on soft-handed Charity,
    Tempering her gifts, that seem so free,
      By time and place,
        Till not a woe the bleak world see,
          But finds her grace.
      - John Keble,
        Christian Year--The Sunday After Ascension Day
         (st. 6)

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.
      - Helen Adams Keller

He is truly great who hath a great charity.
      - Thomas a Kempis, Imitation of Christ
         (bk. I, ch. III), (Dibdin's translation)

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

Charity isn't a good substitute for justice.
      - Jonathan Kozol

It is good to be charitable; but to whom? That is the point. As to the ungrateful, there is not one who does not at last die miserable.
      - Jean de la Fontaine

Be not frightened at the hard words "imposition," "imposture;" give and ask no questions. Cast thy bread upon the waters. Some have, unawares, entertained angels.
      - Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia)

As every lord giveth a certain livery to his servants, charity is the very livery of Christ. Our Saviour, Who is the Lord above all lords, would have His servants known their badge, which is love.
      - Hugh Latimer

No communication or gift can exhaust genius or impoverish charity.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

He that rightly understands the reasonableness and excellency of charity will know that it can never be excusable to waste any of our money in pride and folly.
      - William Law

If our expenditure on comforts, luxuries, amusements, etc., is up to the standard common among those with the same income as our own, we are probably giving away too little. If our charities do not at all pinch or hamper us, I should say they are too small. There ought to be things we should like to do and cannot because our charitable expenditure excludes them.
      - C.S. (Clive Staples) Lewis

The life of a man consists not in seeing visions and in dreaming dreams, but in active charity and in willing service.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Large charity doth never soil, but only whitens soft white hands.
      - James Russell Lowell

The soul of the truly benevolent man does not seem to reside much in his own body. Its life, to a great extent, is a mere reflex of the lives of others. It migrates into their bodies, and identifying its existence with their existence, finds its own happiness in increasing and prolonging their pleasures, in extinguishing or solacing their pains.
      - Horace Mann

All that we send into the lives of others comes back into our own.
      - Edwin Markham

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