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

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

The entire world shall be populous with that action which saves one soul from despair.
      - Omar Khayyam ("The Tent-Maker")

He is good that does good to others. If he suffers for the good he does, he is better still; and if he suffers from them to whom he did good, he is arrived to that height of goodness that nothing but an increase of his sufferings can add to it; if it proves his death, his virtue is at its summit--it is heroism complete.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

Liberality consists less in giving profusely than in giving judiciously.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

The greatest pleasure I know is to do a good action by stealth, and to have it found out by accident.
      - Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia)

The more we give to others, the more are we increased.
      - Lao-Tzu (Lao-Tsze or Laosi)("The Venerable Philosopher")

Men are not only prone to forget benefits; they even hate those who have obliged them, and cease to hate those who have injured them. The necessity of revenging an injury, or of recompensing a benefit seems a slavery to which they are unwilling to submit.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

No sincere desire of doing good need make an enemy of a single human being; that philanthropy has surely a flaw in it which cannot sympathize with the oppressor equally as with the oppressed.
      - James Russell Lowell

Animated by Christian motives and directed to Christian ends, it shall in no wise go unrewarded: here, by the testimony of an approving conscience; hereafter, by the benediction of our blessed Redeemer, and a brighter inheritance his Father's house.
      - Richard Mant

A life of passionate gratification is not to be compared with a life of active benevolence. God has so constituted our nature that a man cannot be happy unless he is, or thinks he is, a means of good. Judging from our own experience, we cannot conceive of a picture of more unutterable wretchedness than is furnished by one who knows that he is wholly useless in the world.
      - Erskine Mason

Time is short, your obligations are infinite. Are your houses regulated, your children instructed, the afflicted relieved, the poor visited, the work of piety accomplished?
      - Jean Baptiste Massillon

Our opportunities to do good are our talents.
      - Cotton Mather

Good, the more communicated, more abundant grows.
      - John Milton

Genuine benevolence is not stationary, but peripatetic. It goeth about doing good.
      - William Nevins

The conqueror is regarded with awe, the wise man commands our esteem, but it is the benevolent man who wins our affections.
      - Old French Saying

Good deeds in this life are coals raked up in embers, to make a fire next day.
      - Sir Thomas Overbury

Proportion thy charity to the strength of thy estate, lest God proportion thy estate to the weakness of thy charity; let the lips of the poor be the trumpet of thy gift, lest in seeking applause, thou lose thy reward. Nothing is more pleasing to God than an open hand and a close mouth.-
      - Francis Quarles

The opportunity of making happy is more scarce than we imagine; the punishment of missing it is, never to meet with it again; and the use we make of it leaves us an eternal sentiment of satisfaction or repentance.
      - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Great minds, like heaven, are pleased in doing good, though the ungrateful subjects of their favors are barren in return.
      - Nicholas Rowe

By doing good with his money, a man, as it were, stamps the image of God upon it, and makes it pass, current for the merchandise of heaven.
      - John Rutledge

Be generous, and pleasant-tempered, and forgiving; even as God scatter favors over thee, do thou scatter over the people.
      - Moslih Eddin (Muslih-un-Din) Saadi (Sadi)

When thou seest thine enemy in trouble, curl not thy whiskers in contempt; for in every bone there is marrow, and within every jacket there is a man.
      - Moslih Eddin (Muslih-un-Din) Saadi (Sadi)

He that does good to another does good also to himself, not only in the consequence, but in the very act; for the consciousness of well-doing is in itself ample reward.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

It is another's fault if he be ungrateful, is mine if I do not give. To find one thankful man I will oblige a great many that are not so.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Never did any soul do good but it came readier to do the same again, with more enjoyment. Never was love or gratitude or bounty practiced but with increasing joy, which made the practicer still more in love with the fair act.
      - Lord Shaftesbury, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury (Anthony Ashley Cooper)

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