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

—Ralph Nader, 2000

They say that gifts persuade even the gods. 

—Euripides, 431 BC

Every gift has a personality—that of its giver.

—Nuruddin Farah, 1992

The deed is everything, the glory naught.

—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1832

Charity is murder and you know it.

—Dorothy Parker, 1956

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

—Alexander Pope, 1738