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Quotes

Every gift has a personality—that of its giver.

—Nuruddin Farah, 1992

I know what I have given you. I do not know what you have received.

—Antonio Porchia, 1943

The friend of all humanity is no friend to me.

—Molière, 1666

Too many people have decided to do without generosity in order to practice charity.

—Albert Camus, 1956

I love everyone now that I have gray hair.

—Polatkin, c. 1855

The gratitude is greater than the gift.

—Pierre Corneille, 1641

Almsgiving tends to perpetuate poverty; aid does away with it once and for all.

—Eva Perón, 1949

The deed is everything, the glory naught.

—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1832

I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.

—Maya Angelou, 1993

Unfortunately, humanitarianism has been the mark of an inhuman time.

—G.K. Chesterton, 1932

Do not ask me to be kind; just ask me to act as though I were.

—Jules Renard, 1898

A society that has more justice is a society that needs less charity.

—Ralph Nader, 2000

Charity is murder and you know it.

—Dorothy Parker, 1956