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  1. Every charitable act is a stepping stone towards heaven.
       -- Henry Ward Beecher

  2. As the purse is emptied, the heart is filled.
       -- Victor Hugo

  3. If you give money, spend yourself with it.
       -- Henry David Thoreau

  4. He who waits to do a great deal of good at once, will never do anything.
       -- Samuel Johnson

  5. The truly generous is the truly wise, and he who loves not others, lives unblest.
       -- Henry Home

  6. Charity sees the need, not the cause.
       -- German Proverb

  7. Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much.
       -- Erich Fromm

  8. The highest exercise of charity is charity towards the uncharitable.
       -- J. S. Buckminster

  9. What we frankly give, forever is our own.
       -- George Granville

  10. It is more blessed to give than to receive.
       -- Acts, 20:35

  11. Prayer carries us half way to God, fasting brings us to the door of His palace, and alms-giving procures us admission.
       -- The Koran

  12. If you haven't got any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.
       -- Bob Hope

  13. Charity: a thing that begins at home, and usually stays there.
       -- Elbert Hubbard

  14. Though I speak with the tongues of men and angels and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
       -- I Corinthians 13:1-3

  15. They take the paper and they read the headlines,
    So they've heard of unemployment and they've heard of breadlines,
    And they philanthropically cure them all
    By getting up a costume charity ball.
       -- Ogden Nash

  16. With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us finish the work ;we are in.
       -- Abraham Lincoln

  17. One must be poor to know the luxury of giving.
       -- George Eliot

  18. A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog.
       -- Jack London

  19. Give no bounties: make equal laws: secure life and prosperity and you need not give alms.
       -- Ralph Waldo Emerson


  20. There is no personal charm so great as the charm of a cheerful temperament.
       -- Henry Van Dyke

  21. There are charms made only for distant admiration.
       -- Samuel Johnson

  22. A really plain woman is one who, however beautiful, neglects to charm.
       -- Edgar Saltus

  23. Charm is more than beauty.
       -- Yiddish Proverb


  24. The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.
       -- Mark Twain

  25. Health is the condition of wisdom, and the sign is cheerfulness,--an open and noble temper.
       -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  26. Cheerfulness removes the rust from the mind, lubricates our inward machinery, and enables us to do our work with fewer creaks and ;groans. If people were universally cheerful, probably there wouldn't be half the quarreling or a tenth part of the wickedness ;there is. Cheerfulness, too, promotes health and immortality. Cheerful people live longest here on earth, afterward in our hearts.
       -- Anonymous

  27. Wondrous is the strength of cheerfulness, and its power of endurance--the cheerful man will do more in the same time, will do it ;better, will preserve it longer, than the sad or sullen.
       -- Thomas Carlyle

  28. A good laugh is sunshine in a house.
       -- William Makepeace Thackeray

  29. The true source of cheerfulness is benevolence.
       -- P. Godwin

  30. Cheer up! The worst is yet to come!
       -- Philander Johnson

  31. Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.
       -- Helen Keller

  32. So of cheerfulness, or a good temper, the more it is spent, the more it remains.
       -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  33. The cheerful live longest in years, and afterwards in our regards. Cheerfulness is the off-shoot of goodness.
       -- Christian Nestell Bovee

  34. Let us be of good cheer, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never happen.
       -- James Russell Lowell

  35. I feel an earnest and humble desire, and shall till I die, to increase the stock of harmless cheerfulness.
       -- Charles Dickens

  36. Cheerfulness in most cheerful people, is the rich and satisfying result of strenuous discipline.
       -- Edwin Percy Whipple


  37. Childhood sometimes does pay a second visit to man; youth never.
       -- Anna Jameson

  38. Children are poor men's riches.
       -- English Proverb

  39. Children begin by loving their parents. After a time they judge them. Rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.
       -- Oscar Wilde

  40. If a child annoys you, quiet him by brushing his hair. If this doesn't work, use the other side of the brush on the other end of the child.
       -- Anonymous

  41. Ah! what would the world be to us
      If the children were no more?
    We should dread the desert behind us
      Worse than the dark before.
       -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  42. Better to be driven out from among men than to be disliked of children.
       -- Richard Henry Dana

  43. The potential possibilities of any child are the most intriguing and stimulating in all creation.
       -- Ray L. Wilbur

  44. The child is father of the man.
       -- William Wordsworth

  45. It is dangerous to confuse children with angels.
       -- David Fyfe

  46. The best way to make children good is to make them happy.
       -- Oscar Wilde

  47. My mother loved children--she would have given anything if I had been one.
       -- Groucho Marx

  48. A child is a curly, dimpled lunatic.
       -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  49. Let the child's first lesson be obedience, and the second will be what thou wilt.
       -- Benjamin Franklin

  50. Don't take up a man's time talking about the smartness of your children; he wants to talk to you about the smartness of his children.
       -- Ed Howe

  51. We've had bad luck with our kids--they've all grown up.
       -- ChristopherMorley

  52. Give me a child for the first seven years, and you may do what you like with him afterwards.
       -- Anonymous

  53. Children in a family are like flowers in a bouquet: there's always one determined to face in an opposite direction from the way the arranger desires.
       -- Marcelene Cox

  54. It is a wise child that knows his own father.
       -- Homer

  55. It is a wise father that knows his own child.
       -- William Shakespeare

  56. Children are our most valuable natural resource.
       -- Herbert Hoover

  57. Pretty much all the honest truth telling there is in the world is done by children.
       -- Oliver Wendell Holmes

  58. To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child.
       -- Cicero

  59. Children are one-third of our population and all of our future.
       -- Select Panel for the Promotion of Child Health, 1981

  60. The soul is healed by being with children.
       -- Fyodor Dostoevsky

  61. There was never a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him asleep.
       -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  62. There are only two things a child will share willingly: communicable diseases and his mother's age.
       -- Modern Maturity

  63. We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body.
       -- Ralph Waldo Emerson, - from The Conduct of Life

  64. We can't form our children on our own concepts;
    we must take them and love them as God gives them to us.
       -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, - from Hermann und Dorothea

  65. Your children are not your children.
    They are the sons and daughters of Life's
    longing for itself...
    You may house their bodies but not their souls,
    for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
    which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
       -- Kahlil Gilbran, from The Prophet

  66. There was a child went forth everyday,
    And the first object he looked upon and received with wonder or pity or dread, that object he became,
    And that object became part of him for the day or a certain part of the day... or for many years or stretching cycles of years...
       -- Walt Whitman,_There Was a Child Went Forth_, in _Leaves of Grass_

  67. Wherever they go, and whatever happens to them on the way, in that enchanted place on the top of the forest, a little boy and his Bear will always be playing.
       -- A. A. Milne, closing lines of Winnie-the-Pooh


  68. Between two evils, choose neither; between two goods, choose both.
       -- Tryon Edwards

  69. When yu' can't have what you choose, yu' just choose what you have.
       -- Owen Wister

  70. A man is too apt to forget that in this world he cannot have everything. A choice is all that is left him.
       -- H. Mathews

  71. He who chooses the beginning of a road chooses the place it leads to. It is the means that determine the end.
       -- Harry Emerson Fosdick

  72. Life often presents us with a choice of evils rather than of goods.
       -- Charles Caleb Colton

  73. In literature, as in love, we are astonished at the choice made by other people.
       -- André Maurois

  74. When you have to make a choice and don't make it, that in itself is a choice.
       -- William James

  75. Thus we see that the all important thing is not killing or giving life, drinking or not drinking, living in the town or the country, being unlucky or lucky, winning or losing. It is how we win, how we lose, how we live or die, finally, how we choose.
       -- R. H. Blyth


  76. If a man cannot be a Christian in the place where he is, he cannot be a Christian anywhere.
       -- Henry Ward Beecher

  77. Christianity does not remove you from the world and its problems; it makes you fit to live in it, triumphantly and usefully.
       -- Charles Templeton

  78. The trouble with some of us is that we have been inoculated with small doses of Christianity which keep us from catching the real thing.
       -- Leslie Dixon Weatherhead

  79. Christianity is a battle, not a dream.
       -- Wendell Phillips

  80. Christian: one who believes that the New Testament is a divinely inspired book admirably suited to the spiritual needs of his neighbors.
       -- Ambrose Bierce

  81. There is one single fact which we may oppose to all the wit and argument of infidelity, namely, that no man ever repented of being a Christian on his death bed.
       -- Hannah More

  82. Christianity is a missionary religion, converting, advancing, aggressive, encompassing the world; a non-missionary church is in the bands of death.
       -- Friedrich Max Müller

  83. A Christian is a man who feels repentance on Sunday for what he did on Saturday and is going to do on Monday.
       -- Thomas Ybarra

  84. Satan the envious said with a sigh: Christians know more about their hell than I.
       -- Alfred Kreymborg

  85. Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.
       -- Gilbert K. Chesterton

  86. The Christian religion not only was at first attended with miracles, but even at this day cannot be believed by any reasonable person without one.
       -- David Hume

    Church and State

  87. No religion can long continue to maintain its purity when the church becomes the subservient vassal of the state.
       -- Felix Adler

  88. In the relationship between man and religion, the state is firmly committed to a position of neutrality.
       -- Thomas Campbell Clark

  89. The church is the only place where someone speaks to me and I do not have to answer back.
       -- Charles de Gaulle

  90. The church is actually patronized by the social order as a means of stabilizing and perpetuating the existing system.
       -- C. C. Morrison

  91. The church is only a secular institution in which the half-educated speak to the half-converted.
       -- William Ralph Inge


  92. The most important office ... that of private citizen.
       -- Louis D. Brandeis

  93. Citizenship consists in the service of the country.
       -- Jawaharlal Nehru

  94. Socrates ... said he was not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.
       -- Plutarch

  95. Voting is the least arduous of a citizen's duties. He has the prior and harder duty of making up his mind.
       -- Ralph Barton Perry

  96. Citizenship comes first today in our crowded world ... No man can enjoy the privileges of education and thereafter with a clear conscience break his contract with society. To respect that contract is to be mature, to strengthen it is to be a good citizen, to do more than your share under it is noble.
       -- Isaiah Bowman

  97. Every good citizen makes his country's honor his own, and cherishes it not only as precious but as sacred. He is willing to risk his life in its defense and is conscious that he gains protection while he gives it.
       -- Andrew Jackson

  98. If you will help run our government in the American way, then there will never be danger of our government running America in the wrong way.
       -- Omar N. Bradley

  99. Let us at all times remember that all American citizens are brothers of a common country, and should dwell together in bonds of fraternal feeling.
       -- Abraham Lincoln

  100. Now the trumpet summons us again -- not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need -- not as a call to battle, though embattled we are -- but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle year in and year out, "rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation" -- a struggle against the common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty and war itself.
       -- John Fitzgerald Kennedy

  101. The first requisite of a good citizen in this republic of ours is that he should be able and willing to pull his weight.
       -- Theodore Roosevelt


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