Quotes for
the Journey:

Charity

   
It's not how much we
give but how much love
we put into giving.

Mother Teresa

   

Charity.  To love human beings insofar as they are nothing.  That is, to love them as God does.     -Simone Weil

   

When we want to help the poor, we usually offer them charity.  Most often we use charity to avoid recognizing the problem and finding the solution for it. Charity becomes a way to shrug off our responsibility. But charity is no solution to poverty. Charity only perpetuates poverty by taking the initiative away from the poor. Charity allows us to go ahead with our own lives without worrying about the lives of the poor.  Charity appeases our consciences.     -Muhammad Yunu, Banker to the Poor

   
Charity, if you have the means, is a personal choice, but charity which is expected or compelled is simply a polite word for slavery.     -Terry Goodkind, The Pillars of Creation
   

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.     -Chinua Achebe, Anthills of the Savannah

   
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.     -Jack London
   
Behold I do not give lectures or a little charity, when I give I give myself.     -Walt Whitman

    
Better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference.     -Franklin D. Roosevelt
   
The Hebrew word for "charity," tzedakah, simply means "justice" and as this suggests, for Jews, giving to the poor is no optional extra but an essential part of living a just life.     -Peter Singer, The Life You Can Save
   
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. It is true that there is a state of hope which belongs to bright prospects and the morning; but that is not the virtue of hope. The virtue of hope exists only in earthquake and eclipse. It is true that there is a thing crudely called charity, which means charity to the deserving poor; but charity to the deserving is not charity at all, but justice. It is the undeserving who require it, and the ideal either does not exist at all, or exists wholly for them. For practical purposes it is at the hopeless moment that we require the hopeful man, and the virtue either does not exist at all, or begins to exist at that moment. Exactly at the instant when hope ceases to be reasonable it begins to be useful.      -G.K. Chesterton, Heretics
   
Charity even for one person does not make sense except in terms of an effort to love all Creation in response to the Creator's love for it.      -Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace
   
Charity degrades those who receive it and hardens those who dispense it.     -George Sand
   
The charity that hastens to proclaim its good deeds ceases to be charity, and is only pride and ostentation.     -William Hutton
  
One important aspect of justice, Jose Miranda reminds us, involves the restoration of what has been stolen. Giving food to the hungry or clothing to the naked is not a charitable handout but an exercise in simple justice - restoring to the poor what is rightfully theirs, what has been taken from them unjustly.     -Robert McAfee Brown
   
Our prayers for others flow more easily than those for ourselves.  This shows we are made to live by charity.     -C.S. Lewis
    
I believe when you integrate charity in your craft and not just think of the fame and riches it would entitle you with, you will feel this true sense of fulfillment. Carry on your mission, of where God destined you to be- to use His gifts in good ways and not just for yourself.     -Elizabeth E. Castillo
   
   
Love is wise; hatred is foolish. In this world, which is getting more and more closely interconnected, we have to learn to tolerate each other, we have to learn to put up with the fact that some people say things that we don't like. We can only live together in that way.  But if we are to live together, and not die together, we must learn a kind of charity and a kind of tolerance, which is absolutely vital to the continuation of human life on this planet.     -Bertrand Russell
   
The life of a person consists not in seeing visions and in dreaming dreams, but in active charity and in willing service.     -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
   
Every good act is charity. Our true wealth hereafter is the good that we do in this world to our fellows.     -Moliere
    

    
I think it's important that we give back to society and our fellow human regardless of our professions.  We all need help at times.  And when we support each other, we're all a little stronger.    -Rhonda Hopkins
  
Charity is injurious unless it helps the recipient to become independent of it.     -John D. Rockefeller
  

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