He scorn'd his own, who felt another's woe.
Thomas Campbell, Gertrude of Wyoming, Part I, Stanza 24.
Speak with me, pity me, open the door: A beggar begs that never begg'd before.william shakespeare
Our sympathy is cold to the relation of distant misery.Edward Gibbon
In Misery's darkest caverns known, His useful care was ever nigh, Where hopeless Anguish pour'd his groan, And lonely want retir'd to die.samuel johnson
Careless their merits or their faults to scan, His pity gave ere charity began.Oliver Goldsmith
For his bounty There was no winter in't; an autumn 'twas That grew the more by reaping: his delights Were dolphin-like.william shakespeare
For this relief, much thanks: 'tis bitter cold, And I am sick at heart.william shakespeare
A tear for pity and a hand Open as day for melting charity.william shakespeare
'Tis not enough to help the feeble up, But to support him after.william shakespeare
You find people ready enough to do the Samaritan, without the oil and twopence.sydney smith
Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did.
Gifts and alms are the expressions, not the essence, of this virtue.joseph addison
A kind and gentle heart he had, To comfort friends and foes; The naked every day he clad When he put on his clothes.Oliver Goldsmith
By Jove the stranger and the poor are sent, And what to those we give, to Jove is lent.homer
It never was our guise To slight the poor, or aught humane despise.homer
In every sorrowing soul I pour'd delight, And poverty stood smiling in my sight.homer
Alas! for the rarity Of Christian charity Under the sun. Oh! it was pitiful! Near a whole city full, Home had she none.thomas hood
I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame.
Shut not thy purse-strings always against painted distress.Charles Lamb
Who gives himself with his alms feeds three, Himself, his hungering neighbor, and me.james russell lowell
To pity distress is but human; to relieve it is Godlike.horace mann
Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them.
Pity the sorrows of a poor old man, Whose trembling limbs have brought him to your door.thomas moss