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Bad is never good until worse happens.
Good and evil lie close together. Seek no artistic unity in character.
Gifts are hooks.
Good things, when short, are twice as good.
If I can in any way contribute to the Diversion or Improvement of the Country in which I live, I shall leave it, when I am summoned out of it, with the secret Satisfaction of thinking that I have not lived in vain.
In nature, nothing can be given, all things are sold.
Teach us to give and not to count the cost.
The meaning of good and bad, of better and worse, is simply helping or hurting.
Too long a sacrifice Can make a stone of the heart.
Unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required.
If a man wants to be of the greatest possible value to his fellow-creatures, let him begin the long, solitary task of perfecting himself.
We'd all like a reputation for generosity and we'd all like to buy it cheap.
He who would do good to another, must do it in minute particulars.
General good is the plea of the scoundrel, hypocite, flatterer.
The word 'good' has many meanings. For example, if a man were to shoot his grandmother at a range of five hundred yards, I should call him a good shot, but not necessarily a good man.
I expect to pass though this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to my fellow-creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.
Pity costs nothin' and ain't worth nothin'.
That best portion of a good man's life, His little, nameless, unremembered acts Of kindness and of love.
There is no man so good, who, were he to submit all his thoughts and actions to the laws, would not deserve hanging ten times in his life.
Should not the giver be thankful that the receiver received? Is not giving a need? Is not receiving, mercy?
When thou doest alms, do not let thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth.
No good deed ever goes unpunished.
Be good, sweet maid, and let who can be clever.
Good things are not done in a hurry.
Be charitable and indulgent to every one but thyself.
We are all here on earth to help others; what on earth the others are here for I don't know.
Why is it that when people have no capacity for private usefulness they should be so anxious to serve the public?
I have found men more kind than I expected, and less just.
Is not a patron one who looks with unconcern on a man struggling for life in the water, and, when he has reached ground, encumbers him with help?
There is so much good in the worst of us and so much bad in the best of us, that it's rather hard to tell which of us ought to reform the rest of us.
Good men need no recommendation and bad men it wouldn't help.
Real unselfishness consists in sharing the interests of others.
I hate the giving of the hand unless the whole man accompanies it.
If you're naturally kind, you attract a lot of people you don't like.
The good should be grateful to the bad - for providing the world with a basis for comparison.
All strangers and beggars are from Zeus, and a gift, though small, is precious.
Behold! I do not give lectures on a little charity. When I give, I give myself.
If a friend is in trouble, don't annoy him by asking if there is anything you can do. Think up something appropriate and do it.
The greatest pleasure I know is to do a good action by stealth, and to have it found out by accident.
As Charles Lamb says, there is nothing so nice as doing good by stealth and being found out by accident, so I now say it is even nicer to make heroic decisions and to be prevented by 'circumstances beyond your control' from ever trying to execute them.
Giving is the highest expression of potency.
If I knew ... that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life.
If I've learned anything in my seventy years it's that nothing's as good or as bad as it appears.
The Devil himself is good when he is pleased.
Wise men appreciate all men, for they see the good in each and know how hard it is to make anything good.
The only gift is a portion of thyself.
Take egotism out, and you would castrate the benefactor.
It is one of the beautiful compensations of this life that no one can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
No man deserves to be praised for his goodness unless he has the strength of character to be wicked. All other goodness is generally nothing but indolence or impotence of will.
We know the good, we apprehend it clearly. But we can't bring it to achievement.
Generosity is the vanity of giving.
My only policy is to profess evil and do good.
For an inheritance to be really great, the hand of the defunct must not be seen.
Fearful is the seductive power of goodness.
There are bad people who would be less dangerous if they were quite devoid of goodness.
The age of strong belief is over, the good is no longer always very good.
When you cease to make a contribution you begin to die.


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