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PHILANTHROPY
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[ Also see Beggary Benefit Benevolence Charity Disinterestedness Generosity Gifts Goodness Help Humanity Kindness Liberality Mercy Misanthropy Pity Service Sympathy Well-doing ]

Who gives himself with his alms feeds three,
  Himself, his hungering neighbor, and me.
      - James Russell Lowell,
        The Vision of Sir Launfal (pt. II, VIII)

He believed that he was born, not for himself, but for the whole world.
  [Lat., Nec sibi sed toti genitum se credere mundo.]
      - Lucanus (Marcus Annaeus Lucan), Pharsalia
         (II, 383)

To pity distress it but human; to relieve it is Godlike.
      - Horace Mann, Lectures on Education
         (lecture VI)

Pity the sorrow of a poor old man,
  Whose trembling limbs have brought him to your door.
      - Thomas Moss, The Beggar's Petition

The organized charity, scrimped and iced,
  In the name of a cautious, statistical Christ.
      - John Boyle O'Reilly, LL.D., In Bohemia

There are philanthropists who, incapable of managing their own little affairs, take upon themselves those of the whole world; but as their creditors always outnumber their disciples, they owe humanity more than she will ever owe them.
      - Jean-Antoine Petit-Senn

Whatever we give to the wretched, we lend to fortune.
  [Lat., Misero datur quodcunque, fortunae datae.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), Troades
         (697)

For his bounty,
  There was no winter in't: An autumn 'twas
    That grew the more by reaping: his delights
      Were dolphin-like, thy showed his back above
        The element they lived in: in his livery
          Walked crowns and crownets: realms and islands were
            As plates dropped from his pocket.
      - William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra
         (Cleopatra at V, ii)

For this relief much thanks. 'Tis bitter cold,
  And I am sick at heart.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Francisco at I, i)

He hath a tear for pity and a hand
  Open as day for meting charity.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part II
         (King Henry at IV, iv)

'Tis not enough to help the feeble up,
  But to support him after.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of Timon of Athens
         (Timon at I, i)

Speak with me, pity me, open the door!
  A beggar begs that never begged before.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
         (Duchess of York at V, iii)

You find people ready enough to do the Samaritan, without the oil and twopence.
      - Sydney Smith, Lady Holland's Memoir
         (vol. I, p. 261)

There was a time when I believed in the persuadability of man, and had the mania of man-mending. Experience has taught me better. The ablest physician can do little in the great lazar-house of society. He acts the wisest part who retires from the contagion.
      - Robert Southey

'Tis a little thing
  To give a cup of water; yet its draught
    Of cool refreshment, drain'd by fever'd lips,
      May give a shock of pleasure to the frame
        More exquisite than when nectarean juice
          Renews the life of joy in happiest hours.
      - Sir Thomas Noon Talfourd (Talford), Ion
         (act I, sc. 2), (Sonnet III)

Being myself no stranger to suffering, I have learned to relieve the sufferings of others.
  [Lat., Non ignara mali miseris succurrere disco.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        The Aeneid (I, 630)

The poor must be wisely visited and liberally cared for, so that mendicity shall not be tempted into mendacity, nor want exasperated into crime.
      - Robert Charles Winthrop,
        Yorktown Oration in 1881


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