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

True benevolence is to love all men. Recompense injury with justice, and kindness with kindness.
      - Confucius

I have heard of a monk who in his cell had a glorious vision of Jesus revealed to him. Just then a bell rang, which called him away to distribute loaves of bread among the poor beggars at the gate. He was sorely tried as to whether he should lose a scene so inspiring. He went to his act of mercy; and when he came back the vision remained more glorious than ever.
      - Theodore Ledyard Cuyler

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

There is no beautifier of complexion, or form, or behavior, like the wish to scatter joy and not pain around us.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

We know who is benevolent by quite other means than the amount of subscription to soup societies. It is only low merits that can be enumerated.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

A beneficent person is like a fountain watering the earth, and spreading fertility; it is, therefore, more delightful and more honorable to give than to receive.
      - Epicurus

There cannot be a move glorious object in creation than a human being replete with benevolence, meditating in what manner he might render himself most acceptable to his Creator by doing most good to His creatures.
      - Henry Fielding

The true source of cheerfulness is benevolence. The pursuits of mankind are commonly frigid and contemptible, and the mistake comes, at last, to be detected. But virtue is a charm that never fades. The soul that perpetually overflows with kindness and sympathy will always be cheerful.
      - Parke Godwin

Our hands we open of our own free will, and the good flies, which we can never recall.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Learn the luxury of doing good.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

While selfishness joins hands with no one of the virtues, benevolence is allied to them all.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

My God, grant that my bounty may be a clear and transparent river, flowing from pure charity, and uncontaminated by self-love, ambition, or interest. Thanks are due not to me, but Thee, from whom all I possess is derived. And what are the paltry gifts for which my neighbor forgets to thank me, compared with the immense blessings for which I have so often forgotten to be grateful to Thee!
      - Gotthold (pseudonym of Christian Scriver)

You are so to put forth the power that God has given you; you are so to give, and sacrifice to give, as to earn the eulogium pronounced on the woman, "She hath done what she could." Do it now. It is not a safe thing to leave a generous feeling to the cooling influences of a cold world. If you intend to do a mean thing, wait till tomorrow; if you are to do a noble thing, do it now,--now!
      - Thomas Guthrie (1)

Rich people who are covetous are like the cypress-tree,--they may appeal well, but are fruitless; so rich persons have the means to be generous, yet some are not so, but they should consider they are only trustees for what they possess, and should show their wealth to be more in doing good than merely in having it.
      - Joseph Hall

Try to be of some use to others.
      - Joseph Hall

The difference of the degrees in which the individuals of a great community enjoy the good things of life has been a theme of declaration and discontent in all ages; and it is doubtless our paramount duty, in every state of society, to alleviate the pressure of the purely evil part of this distribution, as much as possible, and, by all the means we can devise, secure the lower links in the chain of society from dragging in dishonor and wretchedness.
      - Sir William Herschel (f/k/a Friedrich Wilhelm Herschel)

A noble deed is a step towards heaven.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

Every man who becomes heartily and understandingly a channel of the Divine beneficence is enriched through every league of his life. Perennial satisfaction springs around and within him with perennial verdure. Flowers of gratitude and gladness bloom all along his pathway, and the melodious gurgle of the blessings be bears is echoed back by the melodious waves of the recipient stream.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

Open your hands, ye whose hands are full! The world is waiting for you! The whole machinery of the Divine beneficence is clogged by your hard hearts and rigid fingers. Give and spend, and be sure that God will send; for only in giving and spending do you fulfill the object of His sending'.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

The disposition to give a cup of cold water to a disciple is a far nobler property than the finest intellect. Satan has a fine intellect, but not the image of God.
      - William Dean Howells

The only way to be loved is to be and to appear lovely; to possess and display kindness, benevolence, tenderness; to be free from selfishness and to be alive to the welfare of others.
      - John Jay

There is no bounty to be showed to such
  As have real goodness: Bounty is
    A spice of virtue; and what virtuous act
      Can take effect on them that have no power
        Of equal habitude to apprehend it?
      - Ben Jonson

We should do good whenever we can and do kindness at all times, for at all times we can.
      - Joseph Joubert

When my friends are blind of one eye, I look at them in profile.
      - 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.
      - Bob Kane

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