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I have no respect for that self-boasting charity which neglects all objects of commiseration near and around it, but goes to the end of the earth in search of misery, for the purpose of talking about it.
      - George C. Mason

Charity is that sweet-smelling savor of Jesus Christ, which vanishes and is extinguished from the moment that it is exposed.
      - Jean Baptiste Massillon

I would have none of that rigid circumspect charity which is never done without scrutiny, and which always mistrusts the truth of the necessities laid open to it.
      - Jean Baptiste Massillon

True charity is liable to excesses and transports.
      - Jean Baptiste Massillon

For true charity
  Though ne'er so secret finds its just reward.
      - Thomas May

In things essential, unity; in doubtful, liberty; in all things, charity.
  [Lat., In necessasariis, unitas; In dubiis, libertas; in omnibus, caritas.]
      - attributed to Rupertus Meldenius (possible pseudonym),
        by Canon Farrar at Croyden Church Congress

A large part of altruism, even when it is perfectly honest, is grounded upon the fact that it is uncomfortable to have unhappy people about one.
      - Henry Louis Mencken

'Mongst all your virtues
  I see not charity written, which some call
    The first born of religion; and I wonder,
      I cannot see it in yours. Believe it, sir,
        There is no virtue can be sooner miss'd
          Or later welcom'd; it begins the rest,
            And sets them all in order.
      - Thomas Middleton

There is no virtue can be sooner missed or later welcomed; it begins the rest, and sets them all in order.
      - Thomas Middleton

All crush'd and stone-cast in behaviour,
  She stood as a marble would stand,
    Then the Saviour bent down, and the Saviour
      In silence wrote on in the sand.
      - Joaquin Miller (pseudonym of Cincinnatus Hiner Miller),

Charity well directed should begin at home.
  [Fr., Charite bien ordonne commence pay soy mem.]
      - Adrian de Montluc, La Comedie de Proverbes
         (act III, sc. 7)

They take the paper and they read the headlines, so they've heard of unemployment and they've heard of bread lines, and they philanthropically cure them all by getting up a costume charity ball.
      - Ogden Nash

I thank heaven I have often had it in my power to give help and relief, and this is still my greatest pleasure. If I could choose my sphere of action now, it would be that of the most simple and direct efforts of this kind.
      - Reinhold Niebuhr

Charity in various guises is an intruder the poor see often; but courtesy and delicacy are visitants with which they are seldom honored.
      - Ouida (pseudonym of Marie Louise de la Ramee)

Charity is a flower not naturally of earthly growth, and it needs manuring with a promise of profit.
      - Ouida (pseudonym of Marie Louise de la Ramee)

The man who cannot live with charity, sharing other men's pain, is punished by feeling his own with intolerable anguish.
      - Cesare Pavese,
        This Business of Living: Diaries 1935-50

In giving alms, let us rather look at the needs of the poor than his claim to your charity.
      - Jean-Antoine Petit-Senn

When I die, I should be ashamed to leave enough to build me a monument if there were a wanting friend above ground. I would enjoy the pleasure of what I give by giving it alive and seeing another enjoy it.
      - Alexander Pope

In Faith and Hope the world will disagree,
  But all mankind's concern is charity.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. III, l. 307)

Faith and hope themselves shall die, while deathless charity remains.
      - Matthew Prior

Soft peace she brings, wherever she arrives:
  She builds our quiet, as she forms our lives:
    Lays the rough paths of peevish Nature even,
      And opens in each heart a little Heaven.
      - Matthew Prior, Charity

Charity looks at the need and not at the cause.
      - Proverb, (German)

Flatter not thyself in thy faith to God, if thou wantest charity for thy neighbor; and think not thou halt charity for thy neighbor, if thou wantest faith to God; where they are not both together, they are both wanting; they are both dead, if once divided.
      - Francis Quarles

If thou neglectest thy love to thy neighbor, in vain thou professest thy love to God; for by thy love to God, the love to thy neighbor is begotten, and by the love to thy neighbor thy love to God is nourished.
      - Francis Quarles

In giving of thy alms, inquire not so much into the person, as his necessity. God looks not so much upon the merits of him that requires, as into the manner of him that relieves; if the man deserve not, thou hast given it to humanity.
      - Francis Quarles

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