charitable act is a stepping
stone toward heaven.—Beecher.
disposition to give a cup
of cold water to a disciple is a far nobler property than the finest
Satan has a fine intellect but not the image of God.—Howells.
by Christian motives
and directed to Christian ends, it shall in no wise go unrewarded;
by the testimony of an approving conscience; hereafter, by the
of our blessed Redeemer, and a brighter inheritance in His Father's
excuse our prayers
for ourselves whenever we are prevented from them by being occupied in
such good works as to entitle us to the prayers of others.—Colton.
a man descends in
his love, the higher he lifts his life.—W.R. Alger.
nothing that requires
so strict an economy as our benevolence. We should husband our means as
the agriculturalist his fertilizer, which if he spread over too large a
superficies produces no crop, if over too small a surface, exuberates
rankness and in weeds.—Colton.
conqueror is regarded with
awe, the wise man commands our esteem; but it is the benevolent man who
wins our affections.—From the French.
a chance of saying
a kind word. As Collingwood never saw a vacant place in his estate but
he took an acorn out of his pocket and popped it in, so deal with your
compliments through life. An acorn costs nothing; but it may sprout
a prodigious bit of timber.—Thackeray.
find people ready enough
to do the Samaritan without the oil and twopence.—Sydney Smith.
benevolence is not stationary,
but peripatetic. It goeth about doing good.—Nevins.
way to be loved, is
to be and to appear lovely; to possess and display kindness,
tenderness; to be free from selfishness and to be alive to the welfare
lessons of prudence
is a duty. He who
frequently practices it, and sees his benevolent intentions realized,
length comes really to love him to whom he has done good. When,
it is said, "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself," it is not meant,
thou shalt love him first and do him good in consequence of that love,
but, thou shalt do good to thy neighbor; and this thy beneficence will
engender in thee that love to mankind which is the fulness and
of the inclination to do good.—Kant.
slighted, may lead
But the man
Is an angel
but to bless.
virtue carries with it
its own reward, but none in so distinguished and pre-eminent a degree
is not in word and
in tongue, but in deed and in truth. It is a business with men as they
are, and with human life as drawn by the rough hand of experience. It
a duty which you must perform at the call of principle; though there be
no voice of eloquence to give splendor to your exertions, and no music
of poetry to lead your willing footsteps through the bowers of
It is not the impulse of high and ecstatic emotion. It is an exertion
principle. You must go to the poor man's cottage, though no verdure
around it, and no rivulet be nigh to delight you by the gentleness of
murmurs. If you look for the romantic simplicity of fiction you will be
disappointed; but it is your duty to persevere, in spite of every
Benevolence is not merely a feeling but a principle; not a dream of
for the fancy to indulge in, but a business for the hand to