If you expect something in return for your charity, it isn’t charity.
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.
The charities of life are scattered everywhere, enameling the vales of human beings as the flowers paint the meadows. They are not the fruit of study, nor the privilege of refinement, but a natural instinct.
In necessary things, unity; in doubtful things, liberty; in all things, charity.
Having leveled my palace, don’t erect a hovel and complacently admire your own charity in giving me that for a home.
Charity makes no decrease in property.
Charity brings to life again those who are spiritually dead.
Charity is kind, it is not easily provok’d, it thinks no evil, it believes all things, hopes all things.
As for charity, it is a matter in which the immediate effect on the persons directly concerned, and the ultimate consequence to the general good, are apt to be at complete war with one another.
When faith and hope fail, as they do sometimes, we must try charity, which is love in action.