charity

A Quote by Prophet Muhammad on blindness, brothers, charity, deed, giving, virtue, and water

Your smiling in your brother's face is charity; an exhortation of your fellow man to virtuous deeds is equal to almsgiving, your putting a wanderer in the right road is charity, your assisting the blind is charity; your removing stones and thorns and other obstructions from the road is charity; your giving water to the thirsty is charity.

Muhammad (570 - 632)

Source: Koran

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A Quote by Marquise Magdeleine de Sablé on charity, limits, love, and self-love

There is always enough self-love hidden beneath the greatest devoutness to set limits on charity.

Magdeleine Sable (c. 1599 - 1678)

Source: the Marquise Sablé’s work is in Maxims and Various Thoughts (Maximes et pensées diverses) 1678

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A Quote by Ma'Arri on birds, charity, men, and water

Give a drink of water as alms to the birds which go forth at morning, and deem that they have a better right than men [to thy charity]. For their race brings not harm upon thee in any wise, when thou fearest it from thine own race.

Ma'Arri (973 - 1058)

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A Quote by Kahlil Gibran on understanding, giving, generosity, and charity

It is well to give when asked, but it is better to give unasked, through understanding.

Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931)

Source: The Prophet, p.20 (On Giving)

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A Quote by Kahlil Gibran on giving, generosity, and charity

There are those who give little of the much which they have - and they give it for recognition and their hidden desire makes their gifts unwholesome.

Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931)

Source: The Prophet, p.19 (On Giving)

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A Quote by Joseph Story on benevolence, charity, evil, exercise, forgiveness, good, heart, humility, imagination, judgment, learning, melancholy, men, mercy, persecution, pride, proof, purpose, religion, salvation, spirit, spirituality, teaching, vengean

How it is possible to imagine that a religion breathing the spirit of mercy and benevolence, teaching the forgiveness of injuries, the exercise of charity, and the return of good for evil, can be so perverted as to breathe the spirit of slaughter and persecution, of discord and vengeance, for differences of opinion, is a most unaccountable and extraordinary phenomenon. Still more extraordinary, that it should be the doctrine, not of base and wicked men merely seeking to cover up their own misdeeds, but of good men, seeking the way of salvation with uprightness of heart and purpose. It affords a melancholy proof of the infirmity of human judgment, and teaches a lesson of humility from which spiritual pride may learn meekness, and spiritual zeal a moderating wisdom.

Joseph Story (1779 - 1845)

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A Quote by Joseph Heller on adultery, army, boredom, charity, day, elderly, facts, fatherhood, god, honor, love, and motherhood

He was polite to his elders, who disliked him. Whatever his elders told him to do, he did. They told him to look before he leaped, and he always looked before he leaped. They told him never to put off until the next day what he could do the day before, and he never did. He was told to honour his father and his mother, and he honoured his father and his mother. He was told that he should not kill, and he did not kill, until he got into the Army. Then he was told to kill, and he killed. He turned the other cheek on every occasion and always did unto others exactly as he would have had others do unto him. When he gave to charity, his left hand never knew what his right hand was doing. He never once took the name of the Lord his God in vain, committed adultery or coveted his neighbour's ass. In fact, he loved his neighbour and never even bore false witness against him. [His] elders disliked him because he was such a flagrant nonconformist.

Joseph Heller (1923 -)

Source: Catch 22

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A Quote by Jonathan Swift on charity and world

I hate nobody: I am in charity with the world.

Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

Source: Polite Conversation. Dialogue i.

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A Quote by John Quincy Adams on age, anticipation, charity, design, gifts, greatness, history, knowledge, mankind, men, museums, perseverance, simplicity, and spirit

Of all the foundations of establishments for pious or charitable uses, which ever signalized the spirit of the age, or the comprehensive beneficence of the founder, none can be named more deserving of the approbation of mankind than this. Should it be faithfully carried into effect, with an earnestness and sagacity of application, and a steady perseverance of pursuit, proportioned to the means furnished by the will of the founder, and to the greatness and simplicity of his design as by himself declared, "the increase and diffusion of knowledge among men," it is no extravagance of anticipation to declare, that his name will be hereafter enrolled among the eminent benefactors of mankind. . . . Whoever increases his knowledge, multiplies the uses to which he is enabled to turn the gift of his Creator. This passage, in a slightly altered form, is inscribed on the exterior of the National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C.: "Of all the foundations of establishments for pious or charitable uses which ever signalized the spirit of the age or the comprehensive beneficence of the founder none can be named more deserving of the approbation of mankind than the Smithsonian Institution. Should it be faithfully carried into effect with an earnestness and sagacity of application. . . proportioned to the means furnished by the will of the founder and to the greatness and simplicity of his design as by himself declared, 'The increase and diffusion of knowledge among men,' his name will be hereafter enrolled among the eminent benefactors of mankind. . . whoever increases knowledge multiplies the uses to which he is able to turn the gift of his creator.

John Quincy Adams (1767 - 1848)

Source: House Report 181, pp.2 &3, January 19, 1836, and William J. Rhees, The Smithsonian Institution: Documents Relative to Its Origin and History, 1835-1899, vol. 1, pp. 131-32 (1901).

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A Quote by John Quincy Adams on charity, mankind, and men

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 (1767 - 1848)

Source: Letter to A. Bronson. July 30, 1838.

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