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

—Jules Renard, 1898

They say that gifts persuade even the gods. 

—Euripides, 431 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

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

It is more blessed to give than to receive.

—Acts of the Apostles, c. 80

Charity is murder and you know it.

—Dorothy Parker, 1956

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

—G.K. Chesterton, 1932

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

—Maya Angelou, 1993

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

—Ralph Nader, 2000

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

—Alexander Pope, 1738

If you would help another man, you must do so in minute particulars.

—William Blake, 1804

I love everyone now that I have gray hair.

—Polatkin, c. 1855