What They Say

Social advance depends quite as much upon an increase in moral sensibility as it does upon a sense of duty.
Jane Addams
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.
Mohamed Al-Fayed
When it comes to helping out, I don’t believe in doing it for the media attention. My goal is to support the organizations that need help.
Paul Allen
One must know not just how to accept a gift, but with what grace to share it.
Maya Angelou
I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.
Maya Angelou
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 power nor an easy matter.
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 possilbe, in such quantities as may enable them to purchase a little farm, or, at any rate, make a beginning in trade or husbandry.
Aristotle, in Politics
He who confers a benefit on anyone loves him better than he is beloved.

The desire for power in excess caused angels to fall; the desire for knowledge in excess caused man to fall; but in charity is no excess, neither can man or angels come into danger by it.
Sir Francis Bacon
Charity begins at home but should not end there.
Sir Francis Bacon
We are responsible for the world in which we find ourselves, if only because we are the only sentient force which can change it.
James Baldwin, in No Name in the Street
Every charitable act is a stepping stone towards heaven.
Henry Ward Beecher
In this world it is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich.
Henry Ward Beecher
Difficult things we do quickly. The impossible takes a little longer.
David Ben-Gurion
Life begets life. Energy becomes energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.
Sarah Bernhardt
The progress of the world will call for the best that all of us have to give.
Mary McLeod Bethune
I've always respected those who tried to change the world for the better, rather than just complain about it.
Michael Bloomberg
The truth of the matter is: you can create a great legacy, and inspire others, by giving it to philanthropic organizations.
Michael Bloomberg
Every dollar makes a difference. And that's true whether it's Warren Buffett's remarkable $31 billion pledge to the Gates Foundation, or my late father's $25 check to the NAACP.
Michael Bloomberg
Ridiculous yachts and private planes and big limousines won’t make people enjoy life more, and it sends out terrible messages to the people who work for them. It would be so much better if that money was spent in Africa – and it’s about getting a balance.
Richard Branson
The test of a civilization is in the way that it cares for its helpless members.
Pearl S. Buck
A man there was, though some did count him mad,
The more he cast away, the more he had.
John Bunyan
When you stop giving and offering something to the rest of the world, it's time to turn out the lights.
George Burns

Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.
Albert Camus
Not what I have but what I do is my kingdom.
Thomas Carlyle
I resolved to stop accumulating and begin the infinitely more serious and difficult task of wise distribution.
Andrew Carnegie
Wealth is not to feed our egos, but to feed the hungry and to help people help themselves.
Andrew Carnegie
The family that perseveres in good works will surely have an abundance of blessings.
Chinese Proverb
We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.
Winston Churchill
When wealth is centralized, the people are dispersed. When wealth is distributed, the people are brought together.
A man of humanity is one who, in seeking to establish himself, finds a foothold for others and who, desiring attainment for himself, helps others to attain.
No person was ever honored for what he received.  Honor has been the reward for what he gave.
Calvin Coolidge
One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done.
Madame Curie

The Americans make associations to give entertainment, to found seminaries, to build inns, to construct churches, to diffuse books, to send missionaries to the antipodes; in this manner, they found hospitals, prisons and schools.
Alexis de Tocqueville, “Democracy in America”
Nothing brings me more happiness than trying to help the most vulnerable people in society. It is a goal and an essential part of my life - a kind of destiny.
Princess Diana
No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.
Charles Dickens

The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving.
Albert Einstein
It is every man's obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it.
Albert Einstein
Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.
George Eliot
One must be poor to know the luxury of giving.
George Eliot
It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself… Serve and thou shall be served.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The greatest gift is a portion of thyself. 
Ralph Waldo Emerson
To laugh often and to love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of oneself; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived - this is to have succeeded.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The highest use of capital is not to make more money but to make money do more for the betterment of life.
Henry Ford
How wonderful it is that nobody needs to wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
Anne Frank
No one has ever become poor by giving.
Anne Frank
A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.
Benjamin Franklin
He that has done you a kindness will be more ready to do you another, than he whom you yourself have obliged.
Benjamin Franklin
Having emerg’d from the Poverty and Obscurity in which I was born & bred, to a State of Affluence and some Degree of Reputation in the World, and having gone so far thro’ Life with a considerable Share of Felicity, the conducing Means I made use of, which, with the Blessing of God, so well succeeded, my Posterity may like to know, as they may find some of them suitable to their own Situations, and therefore fit to be imitated.
Benjamin Franklin
I would rather have it said, ‘He lived usefully,’ than, ‘He died rich.’
Benjamin Franklin
I think that the best way of doing good to the poor is, not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it.
Benjamin Franklin
...it is prodigious the quantity of good that may be done by one man if he will make a business of it.
Benjamin Franklin
Not he who has much is rich but he who gives much.
Erich Fromm
What the poor need is not charity but capital, not caseworkers but coworkers.  And what the rich need is a wise, honorable and just way of divesting themselves of their overabundance.
Millard and Linda Fuller

If you want to change the world, be that change.
Mohandas Gandhi
I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.
Mohandas Gandhi
Is the rich world aware of how four billion of the six billion live? If we were aware, we would want to help out, we'd want to get involved.
Bill Gates
We started our foundation because we believe we have a real opportunity to help advance equity around the world, to help make sure that, no matter where a person is born, he or she has the chance to live a healthy, productive life.
Melinda Gates
The premise of this foundation is one life on this planet is no more valuable than the next.
Melinda Gates
Helping people doesn't have to be an unsound financial strategy. Melinda Gates
You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
Kahlil Gibran
Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.
Kahlil Gibran
Scatter plenty o'er a smiling land.
Thomas Gray, in Elegy in a Country Churchyard

Generosity is the flower of justice.
Nathaniel Hawthorne
I've always said that the better off you are, the more responsibility you have for helping others. Just as I think it's important to run companies well, with a close eye to the bottom line, I think you have to use your entrepreneurial experience to make corporate philanthropy effective.
Carlos Slim Helú
The truth is, you leave this world with nothing. What you are is a temporary administrator, and you must administer well… the wealth in your care, and generate more. The surplus can be used to do many things for people.
Carlos Slim Helú
Charity is a supreme virtue, and the great channel through which the mercy of God is passed on to mankind.  It is the virtue that unites men and inspires their noblest efforts.
Conrad Hilton
There is a natural law, a Divine law, that obliges you and me to relieve the suffering, the distressed and the destitute.
Conrad Hilton
The practice of charity will bind us.. will bind all men in one great brotherhood.
Conrad Hilton
They who give have all the things. They who withhold have nothing.
Hindu Proverb
Help thy brother’s boat across and lo! thine own has reached the shore.
Hindu Proverb
Sometimes give your services for nothing.
By Jove the stranger and the poor are sent,
And what to those we give, to Jove is lent.
Homer, in The Odyssey
It never was our guise
To slight the poor, or aught humane despise.
Homer, in The Odyssey
If you haven't got any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.
Bob Hope
Don’t just think, do.
As the purse is emptied the heart is filled.
Victor Hugo

My father used to say, “You can spend a lot of time making money. The tough time comes when you have to give it away properly.” How to give something back, that’s the tough part in life.
Lee Iacocca

The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.
William James
Charity looks at the need and not at the cause.
Jewish Proverb
What you give for the cause of charity in health is gold; what you give in sickness is silver; what you give after death is lead.
Jewish Proverb

Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
Helen Keller
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched.
They must be felt with the heart.
Helen Keller
If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.
John F. Kennedy
The raising of extraordinarily large sums of money, given voluntarily and freely by millions of our fellow Americans, is a unique American tradition... Philanthropy, charity, giving voluntarily and freely... call it what you like, but it is truly a jewel of an American tradition.
John F. Kennedy
Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centres of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
Robert F. Kennedy
Everyone can be great, because everyone can serve.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Every man must decide whether he will walk in the creative light of altruism or the darkness of destructive selfishness.  This is the judgement.  Life’s persistent and most urgent question is “What are you doing for others?”
Martin Luther King Jr.
Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

The greatest pleasure I know is to do a good action by stealth, and to have it found out by accident.
Charles Lamb
Shut not thy purse-strings always against painted distress.
Charles Lamb
Do your givin' while you're livin'... then you'll be knowin' where it's goin'.
Ann Landers
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
Emma Lazarus, in "The New Colussus"
A charitable gift...to have nothing to give yet share all you have.
Sharon Lendo
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.
Jay Leno
The proper aim of giving is to put the recipients in a state where they no longer need our gifts.
C. S. Lewis
When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.
Abraham Lincoln
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
Not what we give, but what we share,
For the gift without the giver is bare.
James Russell Lowell
Who gives himself with his alms feeds three,
Himself, his hungering neighbor and me.
James Russell Lowell, in The Vision of Sir Launfal

There can be little doubt that a certain amount of corporate philanthropy is simply good business and works for the long-term benefit of the investors.
John Mackey
To pity distress is but human; to relieve it is Godlike.
Horace Mann, in Lectures on Education
Instead of exhorting you to augment your charity, I will rather utter an exhortation that you may not abuse your charity by misapplying it.
Cotton Mather
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
Margaret Mead
A man’s true wealth is the good he does in this world.
Pity the sorrow of a poor man,
Whose trembling limbs have brought him to your door.
Thomas Moss, in The Beggar's Petition

He who cannot give anything away cannot feel anything either.

Now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three.  But the greatest of these is charity.
Apostle Paul, I Corinthians 13:13
Do good with what thou hast, or it will do thee no good.
William Penn
He that does good for good’s sake seeks neither paradise nor reward but is sure of both in the end.
William Penn
The best recreation is to do good.
William Penn

Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.
Anthony Robbins
The best philanthropy is constantly in search of the finalities—a search for a cause, an attempt to cure evils at their source.
John D. Rockefeller
Think of giving not only as a duty but as a privilege.
John D. Rockefeller
Charity is injurious unless it helps the recipient to become independent of it.
John D. Rockefeller
I was trained from the beginning to work, to save, and to give.
John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
Theodore Roosevelt
We are, after all, only trustees of the wealth we possess.  Without the community and its resources... there would be little wealth for anyone.
John Ruskin

Seek always to do some good somewhere. You must give some time to your fellow man. For remember, you don't live in a world all your own.
Albert Schweitzer
One thing I know: The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.
Albert Schweitzer
Whatever we give to the wretched, we lend to fortune.
Seneca, in Trodes
A benefit consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer.
Let him that hath done the good office conceal it; let him that received it disclose it.
We cannot exist without mutual help.  All, therefore, that need aid have a right to ask it from their fellow men, and no one who has the power of granting can refuse it without guilt.
Sir Walter Scott
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.
Dr. Seuss, from The Lorax
Love sought is good, but given unsought is better.
William Shakespeare
'Tis not enough to help the feeble up but to support him after.
William Shakespeare
I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live it
is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.
George Bernard Shaw
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.
George Soros
My foundations support people in the country who care about an open society. It's their work that I'm supporting. So it's not me doing it. But I can empower them. I can support them, and I can help them.
George Soros
Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.
Robert Louis Stevenson
For it is in giving that we receive.
St. Francis of Assisi

He who gives what he would as readily throw away, gives without generosity; for the essence of generosity is in self-sacrifice.
Sir Henry Taylor
An attitude of gratitude creates blessings. Help yourself by helping others. You have the most powerful weapons on earth - love and prayer.
John Templeton
To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.
Mother Teresa
If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
Mother Teresa
Philanthropy is almost the only virtue which is sufficiently appreciated by mankind.
Henry David Thoreau
Deeds of giving are the very foundations of the world.
The Torah
As I started getting rich, I started thinking, 'what the hell am I going to do with all this money?'... You have to learn to give.
Ted Turner

Being myself no stranger to suffering, I have learned to relieve the sufferings of others.
The deed is everything, the glory naught.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.
Booker T. Washington
…the most useful and influential people in [America] are those who take the deepest interest in institutions that exist for the purpose of making the world better.
Booker T. Washington
Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.
John Wesley
There is no cause half so sacred as the cause of a people. There is no idea so uplifting as the idea of the service of humanity.
Woodrow Wilson
I choose to rise up out of that storm and see that in moments of desperation, fear, and helplessness, each of us can be a rainbow of hope, doing what we can to extend ourselves in kindness and grace to one another. And I know for sure that there is no them - there's only us.
Oprah Winfrey
It's not just about being able to write a check. It's being able to touch somebody's life.
Oprah Winfrey
Give all thou canst; high Heaven rejects the nicely-calculated less or more.
William Wordsworth
That best portion of a good man’s life: His little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.
William Wordsworth

Source: ©2007 National Philanthropic TrustSM