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In charity to all mankind, bearing no malice or ill-will to any human being, and even compassionating those who hold in bondage their fellow-men, not knowing what they do.
      - John Quincy Adams,
        in a letter to A. Bronson

Charity is a virtue of the heart, and not of the hands.
      - Joseph Addison, in the "Guardian", no. 166

That charity which is the perfection and ornament of religion.
      - Joseph Addison

When we cast our bread upon the waters, we can presume that someone downstream whose face we will never know will benefit from our action, as we who are downstream from another will profit from that grantor's gift.
      - Maya Angelou

Even the wisdom of God hath not suggested more pressing motives, more powerful incentives to charity, than these, that we shall be judged by it at the last dreadful day.
      - Francis Atterbury

Shall we repine at a little misplaced charity--we who could no way foresee the effect--when an all-knowing, all-wise Being showers down every day His benefits on the unthankful and undeserving?
      - Francis Atterbury

The smallest act of charity shall stand us in great stead.
      - Francis Atterbury

What we employ in charitable uses during our lives is given away from ourselves; what we bequeath at our death is given from others only, as our nearest relations.
      - Francis Atterbury

Goodness answers to the theological virtue charity, and admits no excess but error. The desire of power in excess caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge in excess caused man to fall; but in charity there is no excess; neither can angel nor man come in danger by it.
      - Francis Bacon

In all other human gifts and passions, though they advance nature, yet they are subject to excess; but charity alone admits no excess. For so we see, by aspiring to be like God in power the angels transgressed and fell; by aspiring to be like God in knowledge man transgressed and fell; but by aspiring to be like God in goodness or love, neither man nor angel ever did or shall transgress. For unto that imitation we are called.
      - Francis Bacon

The desire of power in excess caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge in excess caused man to fall; but in charity there is no excess, neither can angel or man come in danger by it.
      - Francis Bacon, Essay--On Goodness

The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men, charity.
      - Mrs. Clara Lucas Balfour

How white are the fair robes of charity, as she walketh amid the lowly habitations of the poor!
      - Hosea Ballou

True charity is spontaneous and finds its own occasion; it is never the offspring of importunity, nor of emulation.
      - Hosea Ballou

Charity is not one of the virtues practiced on the stock market. The heart of a bank is but one of many viscera.
      - Honore de Balzac

Our energies are often stimulated by the necessity of supporting a being weaker than ourselves.
      - Honore de Balzac

The charities of life are scattered everywhere, enameling the vales of human beings as the flowers paint the meadows. They are not the fruit of study, nor the privilege of refinement, but a natural instinct.
      - George Bancroft

I have learned from Jesus Christ Himself what charity is, and how we ought to practise it; for He says: "By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples, if ye love one another." Never can I, therefore, please myself in the hope that I may obtain the name of a servant of Christ if I possess not a true and unfeigned charity within me.
      - Saint Basil (Bishop of Caesarea) ("The Great")

In necessary things, unity; in doubtful things, liberty; in all things, charity.
      - Richard Baxter

Charity ever finds in the act reward, and needs no trumpet in the receiver.
      - Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher

Charity and treating begin at home.
      - Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher,
        Wit without Money (sc. 2)

Let them learn first to show pity at home.
      - Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher,
        Wit without Money (sc. 2)

A church debt is the devil's salary.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

A man should fear when he enjoys only what good he does publicly. Is it not the publicity, rather than the charity, that he loves?
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Do not give, as many rich men do, like a hen that lays her egg and then cackles.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

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