Charity Quotes

Most popular charity quotes

Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone, and let your hand give in proportion to your purse.

empathy

It is not every one who asketh that deserveth charity; all, however, are worthy of the inquiry, or the deserving may suffer.
Charity never faileth.
— Bible, I Corinthians 13:4

biblical

Charity begins at home.

proverbs

God loveth a cheerful giver.
— 2 Corinthians 9:7

biblical

In charity there is no excess.
He who helps early helps twice.

service

A beggar can never be bankrupt.
A good deed never goes unpunished.
Let us not be weary in well doing.
— Galatians 6:9

biblical

Charity covers a multitude of sins.

proverbs

Charity creates a multitude of sins.
Freely ye have received, freely give.
— Matthew 10:8

biblical

Never let your zeal outrun your charity.

zeal

Sometimes give your services for nothing.
The worst prison would be a closed heart.

tolerance

Charity begins, but doth not end, at home.
It is more blessed to give than to receive.
— Bible, Acts 20:35

biblical Giving

No man actually owns a fortune, it owns him.
He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack.

biblical proverbs

As the purse is emptied, the heart is filled.
When hunger gets inside you, nothing else can.
— West African saying

African proverbs poverty proverbs

Charity is no substitute for justice withheld.

justice

The only things we ever keep are what we give away.
Giving away a fortune is taking Christianity too far.
If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.
Real charity doesn't care if it's tax-deductible or not.
The miracle is this—the more we share, the more we have.

generosity

Understanding human needs is half the job of meeting them.
The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose.
No people do so much harm as those who go about doing good.
Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression.

depression helping others service

Humanitarianism is the expression of stupidity and cowardice.
The fragrance always remains on the hand that gives the rose.
That charity which longs to publish itself ceases to be charity.
Plenty of people despise money, but few know how to give it away.
In the economy of divine charity we have only as much as we give.
Affectation hides three times as many virtues as charity does sins.

affectation

You may give gifts without caring—but you can't care without giving.
The highest exercise of charity is charity towards the uncharitable.
We love those people who give with humility, or who accept with ease.

generosity service

You can't take it with you; you never see a U-haul following a hearse.
Everybody wants to do something to help, but nobody wants to be first.
Generosity always wins favor, particularly when accompanied by modesty.

generosity Giving modesty

A pretty good test of a man's religion is how it affects his pocketbook.
I never thought God would hold someone accountable for not raising money.
Did universal charity prevail, earth would be a heaven, and hell a fable.
You can't help someone uphill without getting closer to the top yourself.
— Chinese proverb

Chinese proverbs helping others proverbs

We should be sure, when we rebuke a want of charity, to do it with charity.
He gives twice that gives soon, i.e., he will soon be called to give again.
From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.

generosity life service

When thou doest alms, let not thy. left hand know what thy right hand doeth.
— Matthew 6:3

biblical

Charity, by which God and neighbor are loved, is the most perfect friendship.
Tis always more blessed to give than to receive; for example, wedding presents.
Charity may cover a multitude of sins, but success transmutes them into virtues.

success

In Faith and Hope the world will disagree,
But all mankind's concern is charity.
Let us not paralyze our capacity for good by brooding of man's capacity for evil.
All zeal for a reform, that gives offense
To peace and charity, is mere pretense.

zeal

Charity has always been an expression of the guilty consciences of a ruling class.

cynical

If you haven't any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.

Giving heart

The impersonal hand of government can never replace the helping hand of a neighbor.

government

Too many people have decided to do without generosity in order to practice charity.
Philanthropy is almost the only virtue which is sufficiently appreciated by mankind.

virtue

The dead take to the grave, clutched in their hands, only what they have given away.
For those who are not hungry, it is easy to palaver about the degradation of charity.
Cheapness characterizes almost all the donations of the American people to the Negro.
The reward of charity depends entirely upon the measure of loving-kindness in the act.
The fountain is my speech. The tulips are my speech. The grass and trees are my speech.
As for charity, it is injurious unless it helps the recipient become independent of it.
It is well to give when asked, but it is better to give unasked, through understanding.

Giving

There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don't care who gets the credit.

credit

And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three ; but the greatest of these is charity.
— 1 Corinthians 13:13

biblical

We do not quite forgive a giver. The hand that feeds us is in some danger of being bitten.
In giving alms, let us rather look at the needs of the poor than his claim to your charity.
No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.

honor

I regard philanthropy as a tragic apology for wrong conditions under which human beings live.
When faith and hope fail, as they do sometimes, we must try charity, which is love in action.
Give a man a fish and he will live for a day; give him a net, and he will live for a lifetime.
— Chinese proverb

Chinese proverbs proverbs

Never hesitate to hold out your hand; never hesitate to accept the outstretched hand of another.

generosity

The dead carry with them to the grave in their clenched hands only that which they have given away.
The small charity that comes from the heart is better than the great charity that comes from the head.
Money-giving is a good criterion of a person's mental health. Generous people are rarely mentally ill people.

generosity

A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog when you are just as hungry as the dog.
Ah! what a divine religion might be found out, if charity were really made the principle of it, instead of faith.

religion

Beggars should be abolished entirely! Verily, it is annoying to give to them and it is annoying not to give to them.
It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.
— Matthew 19:24

biblical

The work of an unknown good man is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground greener.

Giving

Surplus wealth is a sacred trust which its possessor is bound to administer in his lifetime for the good of the community.

wealth

Posthumous charities are the very essence of selfishness when bequeathed by those who, when alive, would part with nothing.

selfishness

I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare.
Money is like manure. If you spread it around it does a lot of good. But if you pile it up in one place it stinks like hell.
It is one of the beautiful compensations of this life that no one can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.

service

Money giving is a very good criterion, in a way, of a person's mental health. Generous people are rarely mentally ill people.
While we do our good works let us not forget that the real solution lies in a world in which charity will have become unnecessary.
The trouble for the receiver is not just how to accept a gift (even the gift of fame) but with what grace the recipient shares it.
It is with narrow-souled people as with narrow-necked bottles; the less they have in it, the more noise they make in pouring it out.
For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.
— Luke 12:48

biblical

He is truly great that is great in charity. He is truly great that is little in himself, and maketh no account of any height of honor.

greatness

Technological advance is rapid.  But without progress in charity, technological advance is useless.  Indeed, it is worse than useless.
The essence of charity, he often thought, was not deciding what others needed and giving it to them, but giving them what they wanted.
All things are perceived in the light of charity, and hence under the aspect of beauty: for beauty is simply Reality seen with the eyes of love.
Why is it that so many people think that charity consists in giving away merely what they cannot use instead of the article the recipient needs?
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.
Charity is a virtue of the heart, and not of the hands, says an old writer.  Gifts and alms are the expressions, not the essence of this virtue.
Humility makes us charitable toward our neighbor.  Nothing will make us so generous and merciful to the faults of others as seeing our own faults.

humility

Charity, to be fruitful, must cost us.  Give until it hurts.  To love it is necessary to give; to give it is necessary to be free from selfishness.

selfishness

Not to share one's wealth with the poor is to steal from them and to take away their livelihood. It is not our own goods which we hold, but theirs.
Those who would administer wisely must, indeed, be wise; for one of the serious obstacles to the improvement of our race is indiscriminate charity.
The limit of giving is to be the limit of our ability to give. We must not consider ourselves free to refuse because those who ask us are undeserving.
It went beyond idealism and that ridiculous term activism, which basically means talking about something but doing nothing. . . . We made giving exciting.
Charity is the power of defending that which we know to be indefensible. Hope is the power of being cheerful in circumstances which we know to be desperate.
We are obligated to be more scrupulous in fulfilling the commandment of charity than any other positive commandment because charity is the sign of a righteous man.
It's really very simple, Governor. When people are hungry they die. So spare me your politics and tell me what you need and how you're going to get it to these people.
Charity is from person to person; and it loses half, far more than half, its moral value when the giver is not brought into personal relation with those to whom he gives.
Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind.

compassion knowledge love philosophers

We cannot exist without mutual help. All therefore that need aid have a right to ask it from their fellow-men; and no one who has the power of granting can refuse it without guilt.
As for charity, it is a matter in which the immediate effect on the persons directly concerned, and the ultimate consequence to the general good, are apt to be at complete war with one another.
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.
At the end, the acquisition of wealth is ignoble in the extreme. I assume that you save and long for wealth only as a means of enabling you the better to do some good in your day and generation.

wealth

Simple rules for saving money: To save half, when you are fired by an eager impulse to contribute to a charity, wait, and count forty. To save three-quarters, count sixty. To save it all, count sixty-five.

funny

First we just gave them these surpluses. Next we agreed to pay freight on transportation to ports. Then we agreed to mill the grain and package it. The next thing [you know] we'll be asked to cook it and serve it.
At the Harvest Festival in church, the area behind the pulpit was piled high with tins of fruit for the old-age pensioners. We had collected the tinned fruit from door to door. Most of it came from old-age pensioners.

religion

As we approach Thanksgiving—and as we experience it, and even after—I carefully maintain an attitude of gratitude. And I have changed that old saying around from "give 'till it hurts" and now I tell myself "give 'til it helps."

gratitude

The charitable man is loved by all; his friendship is prized highly; in death his heart is at rest and full of joy, for he suffers not from repentance; he receives the opening flower of his reward and the fruit that ripens from it.
One applauds the industry of professional philanthropy. But it has its dangers. After a while the private heart begins to harden. We fling letters into the wastebasket, are abrupt to telephoned solicitations.  Charity withers in the incessant gale.
Sometimes I ask someone who is making confession if they give alms to beggars. When they tell me, "Yes," I ask, "And do you look in the eyes of the person to whom you are giving alms? Do you touch their hand?" And that's where they start to get tangled up, because many just throw the money and turn their heads.
According to Jewish law, the highest form of charity is to ensure that a person not need it, at least not for more than a short period. Maimonides apparently intuited what is today widely accepted, that ongoing reliance on charity demoralizes the recipient. For this reason, his emphasis is on making loans to the poor and finding work for them.
Karl menninger was once asked what action he would recommend if a person were to feel a nervous breakdown coming on. "Lock up your house." the famous psychiatrist advised, "go across the railroad tracks, and find someone in need and do something for him." No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he'd only had good intentions. He had money as well.
The Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea are made of the same water. It flows down, clean and cool, from the heights of Herman and the roots of the cedars of Lebanon. the Sea of Galilee makes beauty of it, the Sea of Galilee has an outlet. It gets to give. It gathers in its riches that it may pour them out again to fertilize the Jordan plain. But the Dead Sea with the same water makes horror. For the Dead Sea has no outlet. It gets to keep.
The Prophet has said: "Every single Muslim must give charity every single day." When asked who would be capable of doing such a thing, he replied, "Your removal of an obstacle in the road is a charitable act;  your guiding someone is a charitable act; your visit to the sick is a charitable act; your enjoinment of good to others is a charitable act; your forbidding of others from wrongdoing is a charitable act, and your returning the greeting of peace is a charitable act."
Eight grades of charity.
1. To give reluctantly.
2. To give cheerfully, but not adequately.
3. To give cheerfully and adequately, but only after being asked.
4. To give cheerfully, adequately, and of your own free will, but to put it in the recipient's hand in such a way as to make him feel lesser.
5. To let the recipient know who the donor is, but not the reverse.
6. To know who is receiving your charity but to remain anonymous to him.
7. To have neither the donor nor the recipient be aware of the other's identity.
8. To dispense with charity altogether, by enabling your fellow humans to have the wherewithal to earn their own living.