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Charity is murder and you know it.

—Dorothy Parker, 1956

Without virtue, both riches and honor, to me, seem like the passing cloud.

—Confucius, c. 350 BC

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.

—Mark Twain, 1894

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

—Albert Camus, 1956

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

—Jules Renard, 1898

Do good by stealth, and blush to find it fame.

—Alexander Pope, 1738

The gratitude is greater than the gift.

—Pierre Corneille, 1641

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

—Antonio Porchia, 1943

The deed is everything, the glory naught.

—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1832

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

—G.K. Chesterton, 1932

It is more blessed to give than to receive.

—Acts of the Apostles, c. 80

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

—Ralph Nader, 2000

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

—Maya Angelou, 1993