No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
The highest use of capital is not to make more money, but to make money do more for the betterment of life.
I would rather have it said, 'He lived usefully,' than, 'He died rich.'
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.
True charity is the desire to be useful to others with no thought of recompense.
Wealth is not to feed our egos but to feed the hungry and to help people help themselves.
What are you doing for others?
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
It is more difficult to give money away intelligently than to earn it in the first place.
The greatest pleasure I know is to do a good action by stealth and have it found out by accident.
A society that has more justice is a society that needs less charity.
Billions are wasted on ineffective philanthropy. Philanthropy is decades behind business in applying rigorous thinking to the use of money.
Charity degrades those who receive it and hardens those who dispense it.
What do we live for, if not to make life less difficult for each other?
Giving frees us from the familiar territory of our own needs by opening our mind to the unexplained worlds occupied by the needs of others.
Charity is injurious unless it helps the recipient to become independent of it.
To give away money is an easy matter and in any man's power. But to decide to whom to give it and how large and when, and for what purpose and how, is neither in every man's power nor an easy matter.
I'm not doing my philanthropic work, out of any kind of guilt, or any need to create good public relations. I'm doing it because I can afford to do it, and I believe in it.
It is every man's obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it.
Do all the good you can, by all the means you can.
If you think of life as like a big pie, you can try to hold the whole pie and kill yourself trying to keep it, or you can slice it up and give some to the people around you, and you still have plenty left for yourself.
I will continue to distribute blankets, sleeping bags, warm clothing and food on a regular basis, in the hope that my modest efforts will give some comfort to those people we are able help.
Think of giving not only as a duty but as a privilege.
The truth of the matter is: you can create a great legacy, and inspire others, by giving it to philanthropic organizations.
We pass through this world but once.
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