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Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket. Eric Hoffer
Ah, my gracious Lord, these days are dangerous.
Virtue is choked with foul ambition,
And charity chased hence by rancour’s hand. William Shakespeare, The First Part of the Contention: II Henry VI III i 142-144, Gloucester
My charity is outrage; life, my shame. William Shakespeare, Richard III I iii 275, Queen Margaret to Richard Gloucester et al
Hate all, curse all, show charity to none,
But let the famished flesh slide from the bone
Ere thou relieve the beggar. William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens IV iii 528-530, Timon
It is very evident from their Epistles that it never entered the mind of any of the apostles that the church of this day would separate faith from charity by teaching that faith alone justifies and saves apart from the works of the law, and that charity therefore cannot be conjoined with faith, since faith is from God, and charity, so far as it is expressed in works, is from man. But this separation and division were introduced into the Christian church when it divided God into three persons, and many people like obedience and ritual. Their nominally Christian leaders – I mean Christ would not recognise them as Christian – could stop wars dead. David Halpin, lecture Alternative View II conference 31st May 2009, ‘The Vortex Sucks Ever Louder’
Say, Deacon, what do you get out of all this charity work anyway? Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 1958 starring Paul Newman & Elizabeth Taylor & Burl Ives & Judith Anderson & Jack Carson & Madeleine Sherwood & Larry Gates & Vaughn Taylor, director Richard Brooks, Gooper
A rich man without charity is a rogue; and perhaps it would be no difficult matter to prove that he is also a fool. Henry Fielding
Nothing brings me more happiness than trying to help the most vulnerable people in society. It is a goal and an essential part of my life – a kind of destiny. Whoever is in distress can call on me. I will come running wherever they are. Princess Diana
Charity begins at home. Late 14th century proverb
The most melancholy of human reflections perhaps is that on the whole it is a question whether the benevolence of mankind does most good or harm. Walter Bagehot, Physics and Politics, 1872
Of all human follies there’s none could be greater
Than trying to render our fellow-men better. Moliere aka Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, Le Misanthrope 1666
You get these computerised multi-billion-dollar charities who send you computerised mail-outs at your house to scare the life out of you. Alan Davies
I don’t want your chari – your char – give us your charity. Rab C Nesbitt: Property, BBC 1998
True charity is the desire to be useful to others with no thought of recompense. Emanuel Swedenborg
The living need charity more than the dead. George Arnold, 1834-1865, American humorist
Defer not charities till death. Francis Bacon, Essays: ‘Of Riches’, 1625
In charity there is no excess. Francis Bacon
Charity is injurious unless it helps the recipient to become independent of it. John D Rockefeller
If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? And if not now, when? Rabbi Hillel
Ministers say that they teach charity. That is natural. They live on hand-outs. All beggars teach that others should give. Robert G Ingersoll
Is it all in a good cause? ... Many charities are facing closure because of the state funding they will be losing. Tonight: Charities in Crisis, ITV 2011
Over the past decade the Charity Sector has grown into a massive £35 billion business. There are nearly 180,000 charities registered in England and Wales. ibid.
I’m doing a fun run dressed as a bottle of Cinzano for all the little battered husbands of Gateshead. Did you know that every thirty-eight minutes some poor little fella who when his wife calls his name cowers in a corner and shits his pants? If you don’t believe me log on to the website www-dot-chinned-by-the-missus-dot-co-uk. The Catherine Tate Show s3e1, Georgie, BBC 2006
£3,60? For all those brave little single mums who canna afford to feed their families cause they’ve spunked the housekeeping on Diamond White? The Catherine Tate Show s3e4, Georgie & Martin
Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:
That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly. Matthew 6:1-4
And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites. Mark 12:42
Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have I give to thee. Acts 3:6
Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.
And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know. I Corinthians 8:1&2
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. I Corinthians 13:1-13
Let all your things be done with charity. I Corinthians 16:14
And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. I Peter 4:8