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Charity may refer to:

Concepts and practices


  • Charitable organization, a type of non-profit organization formed for charitable purposes
    • 501(c)(3), a specific section of the United States Internal Revenue Code that allows qualifying charitable organizations exemption from federal income tax




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  • He is rich who hath enough to be charitable; and it is hard to be so poor that a noble mind may not find a way to this piece of goodness.
  • Charity begins at home, is the voice of the world.
  • Certainly it is a heaven upon earth to have a man's mind to move in charity, rest in providence, and turn upon the poles of truth.
  • In charity there is no excess.
    • Francis Bacon, Essays, 13, ‘Of Goodness and Goodness of Nature’.
  • We are obligated to be more scrupulous in fulfilling the commandment of charity than any other positive commandment because charity is the sign of a righteous man.
    • Maimonides, as quoted in A Maimonides Reader (1972) by Isadore Twersky, p. 135.
  • In faith and hope the world will disagree,
    But all mankind's concern is charity.
  • Iniquum est conlapsis manum non porrigere; commune hoc ius generis humani est.
    • It is wrong not to give a hand to the fallen. This right is common to the whole human race.
    • Seneca the Elder, Controversiae , Bk. 1, ch. 1, sect. 14; translation from Norman T. Pratt Seneca's Drama (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1983) p. 140.
  • Charity itself fulfills the law.
    And who can sever love from charity?
  • Charity,
    Which renders good for bad, blessings for curses.
  • To give to the needy alone is charity. All the rest is investment for a return.
    • Valluvar Tirukkural 221
  • To receive is bad, even for good cause; and to give is good even if there is no Heaven.
    • Valluvar in Tirukkural 222
  • Wiping out the hunger of the Have-nots, is the treasury in which the Haves should deposit their wealth.
    • Valluvar in Tirukkural 226
  • Of Charity ,or the Love of God
  • Love is the greatest thing that God can give us; for himself is love; and it is the greatest thing we can give to God; for it will also give ourselves and carry with it all that is ours. The apostle calls it the band of perfection; it is the old, and it is the new, and it is the great commandment, and it is all the commandments; for it is the fulfilling of the law. It does the work of all other graces without any instrument but its own immediate virtue. For as the love to sin makes a man sin against all his own reason, and all the discourses of wisdom, and all the advices of his friends, and without temptation, and without opportunity, so does the love of God; it makes a man chaste without the laborious arts of fasting and exterior disciplines, temperate in the midst of feasts, and is active enough to choose it without any intermedial appetites, and reaches at glory through the very heart of grace without any other arms but those of love. It is a grace that loves God for himself, and our neighbours for God. The consideration of God’s goodness and bounty, the experience of those profitable and excellent emanations from him, may be, and most commonly are, the first motive of our love; but when we are once entered, and have tasted the goodness of God, we love the spring for its own excellency, passing from passion to reason, from thanking to adoring, from sense to spirit, from considering ourselves to an union with God: and this is the image and little representation of heaven; it is beatitude in picture, or rather the infancy and beginnings of glory.

Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895)

Quotes reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895).

  • Charity — gently to hear, kindly to judge.
    • Attributed to William Shakespeare, p. 46 (other sources include only the phrase "gently to hear, kindly to judge").
  • Charity, like the sun, brightens every object on which it shines.
  • Charity is that rational and constant affection, which makes us sacrifice ourselves to the human race, as if we were united with it, so as to form one individual, partaking equally in its adversity and prosperity.
  • Why should not our solemn duties, and our hastening end, render us so united, that personal contention would be impossible, in a general sympathy quickened by the breath of a forbearing and pitying charity?
  • If thou neglectest thy love to thy neighbor, in vain thou professest thy love to God; for by thy love to God, the love to thy neighbor is begotten, and by the love to thy neighbor, thy love to God is nourished.
  • A life in any sphere that is the expression and outflow of an honest, earnest, loving heart, taking counsel only of God and itself, will be certain to be a life of beneficence in the best possible direction.
  • We may not substitute charity for godliness; but there is room for the Divine love in the heart which has been touched by the human.
  • An effort made for the happiness of others lifts us above ourselves.
  • Earth has not a spectacle more glorious or more fair to show than this — love tolerating intolerance; charity covering, as with a vail, even the sin of the lack of charity.
  • There is no dearth of charity in the world in giving, but there is comparatively little exercised in thinking and speaking.
  • I have more confidence in the charity which begins in the home and diverges into a large humanity, than in the worldwide philanthropy which begins at the outside of our horizon to converge into egotism.
    • Mrs. Jameson, p. 48.
  • Nothing will make us so charitable and tender to the faults of others as by self-examination thoroughly to know our own.


  • "Charity is the father of sacrifice." ~ Anonymous
  • "Not to aid one in distress is to kill him in your heart." ~ Anonymous
  • "Charity usually starts from where you can just about afford it." ~ Anonymous
  • "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for life" ~ English Proverb

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Charity may refer to:

  • Charity, a poem by Anne Lynch Botta
  • Charity, a play by Octave Mirbeau
  • Charity, a poem by Christopher Smart
  • Charity, a treatise by Emanuel Swedenborg
  • Charity, a poem by Alfred Tennyson


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Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

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From charity in the biblical sense of Christian love; first used by Puritans. In early Christian tradition, Faith, Hope and Charity were the martyred daughters of Saint Sophia. The names, taken from 1 Corinthians 13:13 (And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity) have been translated and used in many languages.

Proper noun




  1. A female given name.

Usage notes

Originally more popular than Faith and Hope but less common than either of them today.


  • 1594, William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, Act IV, Scene V:
    By Gis and by Saint Charity,
    Alack, and fie for shame!
  • 1851 Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, Chapter 20:
    Never did any woman better deserve her name, which was Charity — Aunt Charity, as everybody called her. And like a sister of charity did this charitable Aunt Charity bustle about hither and thither, ready to turn her hand and heart to anything that promised to yield safety, comfort, and consolation to all on board a ship in which her beloved brother Bildad was concerned, and in which she herself owned a score or two of well-saved dollars.
  • 1989 Ann Oakley, The Men's Room, Atheneum 1989, ISBN 0689120508, page 223:
    Tessa giggled. 'What a dreadful name! Is she really called Charity?'
    'Yes. She really is.' Mark recalled how glorious the name of Charity had sounded to him in the beginning. 'It's not her fault she's called Charity,' he added defensively.

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Up to date as of January 23, 2010

From BibleWiki

(1 Cor. 13), the rendering in the Authorized Version of the word which properly denotes love, and is frequently so rendered (always so in the Revised Version). It is spoken of as the greatest of the three Christian graces (1Cor 12:31-13:13).

This entry includes text from Easton's Bible Dictionary, 1897.

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Charity could mean:

  • Charity (practice), the practice of benevolent givings
  • Charitable organization, an association formed for charitable purposes
  • 501(c)(3) organization which is a USA specific category for a public charity or a private foundation
  • Charity (virtue), in Christianity
  • Charity (name), a given name
  • Charity (racehorse)
  • Charity (programming language)
  • HMS Charity (R29), a Royal Navy destroyer
  • Alms
  • Altruism


  • Charity, Guyana, a small town
  • Charity Island, Saginaw Bay, Michigan

In entertainment:

  • Charity (play), a play by W. S. Gilbert
  • Charity (single), a single by Skunk Anansie
  • Charity Shea, an actress in the upcoming TV series The Best Years

Other pages

  • Charites, Graces of Roman mythology


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