Yet the true friend of the people should see that they be not too poor, for extreme povery lowers the character of the democracy; measures therefore should be taken which will give them lasting prosperity; and as this is equally the interest of all classes, the proceeds of the public revenues should be accumulated and distributed among its poor, if possible, in such quantities as may enable them to purchase a little farm, or, at any rate, make a beginning in trade or husbandry.
Sir Francis Bacon
The desire of power in excess caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge in excess caused man to fall: but in charity there is no excess; neither can angel nor man come in danger by it.
We are responsible for the world in which we find ourselves, if only because we are the only sentient force which can change it.
Henry Ward Beecher
Every charitable act is a stepping stone towards heaven.
Life engenders life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.