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

Every gift has a personality—that of its giver.

—Nuruddin Farah, 1992

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

—Eva Perón, 1949

Charity is murder and you know it.

—Dorothy Parker, 1956

The deed is everything, the glory naught.

—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1832

I love everyone now that I have gray hair.

—Polatkin, c. 1855

The gratitude is greater than the gift.

—Pierre Corneille, 1641

It is more blessed to give than to receive.

—Acts of the Apostles, c. 80

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

—G.K. Chesterton, 1932

They say that gifts persuade even the gods. 

—Euripides, 431 BC

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

—Maya Angelou, 1993

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

—Jules Renard, 1898

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

—Antonio Porchia, 1943