The friend of all humanity is no friend to me.

—Molière, 1666

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

—William Blake, 1804

The deed is everything, the glory naught.

—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1832

I love everyone now that I have gray hair.

—Polatkin, c. 1855

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

—Jules Renard, 1898

Charity is murder and you know it.

—Dorothy Parker, 1956

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

—Albert Camus, 1956

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

—Eva Perón, 1949

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

—Antonio Porchia, 1943

The gratitude is greater than the gift.

—Pierre Corneille, 1641

They say that gifts persuade even the gods. 

—Euripides, 431 BC