Quotes About Benevolence

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C.S. Lewis
“[To have Faith in Christ] means, of course, trying to do all that He says. There would be no sense in saying you trusted a person if you would not take his advice. Thus if you have really handed yourself over to Him, it must follow that you are trying to obey Him. But trying in a new way, a less worried way. Not doing these things in order to be saved, but because He has begun to save you already. Not hoping to get to Heaven as a reward for your actions, but inevitably wanting to act in a certain way because a first faint gleam of Heaven is already inside you.”
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Oscar Wilde
“The nicest feeling in the world is to do a good deed anonymously-and have somebody find out.”
Oscar Wilde

Brian Tracy
“Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others.
Unsuccessful people are always asking, "What's in it for me?”
Brian Tracy

Martin Luther King Jr.
“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

John Bunyan
“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”
John Bunyan

Mahatma Gandhi
“The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful then a thousand heads bowing in prayer.”
Mahatma Gandhi

Eleanor Roosevelt
“When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?”
Eleanor Roosevelt

Abraham Lincoln
“I care not for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.”
Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln
“To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own.”
Abraham Lincoln

Richelle E. Goodrich
“Service is a smile.  It is an acknowledging wave, a reaching handshake, a friendly wink, and a warm hug.   It's these simple acts that matter most, because the greatest service to a human soul has always been the kindness of recognition.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway: Quotes, Verse, & Grumblings for Every Day of the Year

Dan Brown
“Omnipotent-benevolent simply means that God is all-powerful and well-meaning.'
'I understand the concept. It's just . . . there seems to be a contradiction.'
'Yes. The contradiction is pain. Man's starvation, war, sickness . . .'
'Exactly!' Chartrand knew the camerlengo would understand. 'Terrible things happen in this world. Human tragedy seems like proof that God could not possibly be both all-powerful and well-meaning. If He loves us and has the power to change our situation, He would prevent our pain, wouldn't He?'
The camerlengo frowned. 'Would He?'
Chartrand felt uneasy. Had he overstepped his bounds? Was this one of those religious questions you just didn't ask? 'Well . . . if God loves us, and He can protect us, He would have to. It seems He is either omnipotent and uncaring, or benevolent and powerless to help.'
'Do you have children, Lieutenant?'
Chartrand flushed. 'No, signore.'
'Imagine you had an eight-year-old son . . . would you love him?'
'Of course.'
'Would you let him skateboard?'
Chartrand did a double take. The camerlengo always seemed oddly "in touch" for a clergyman. 'Yeah, I guess,' Chartrand said. 'Sure, I'd let him skateboard, but I'd tell him to be careful.'
'So as this child's father, you would give him some basic, good advice and then let him go off and make his own mistakes?'
'I wouldn't run behind him and mollycoddle him if that's what you mean.'
'But what if he fell and skinned his knee?'
'He would learn to be more careful.'
The camerlengo smiled. 'So although you have the power to interfere and prevent your child's pain, you would choose to show your love by letting him learn his own lessons?'
'Of course. Pain is part of growing up. It's how we learn.'
The camerlengo nodded. 'Exactly.”
Dan Brown, Angels & Demons

“What can a man do with music who is not benevolent?”
Confucius, The Analects

Robert Burns
“But deep this truth impress'd my mind:
Thro' all His works abroad,
The heart benevolent and kind
The most resembles God.”
Robert Burns, The Works of Robert Burns

Karl Pearson
“Order and reason, beauty and benevolence, are characteristics and conceptions which we find solely associated with the mind of man.”
Karl Pearson

Thomas Paine
“People in general know not what wickedness there is in this pretended word of God. Brought up in habits of superstition, they take it for granted that the Bible is true, and that it is good; they permit themselves not to doubt of it, and they carry the ideas they form of the benevolence of the Almighty to the book which they have been taught to believe was written by his authority. Good heavens! it is quite another thing, it is a book of lies, wickedness, and blasphemy.”
Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason

Richelle E. Goodrich
“Choose altruism, because selfishism is a lonely, cold, dark hole.”
Richelle E. Goodrich

Jarod Kintz
“Gain a person’s trust through numerous small acts of benevolence, so you can lose their trust in one large act of self-enrichment. 
Jarod Kintz, Whenever You're Gone, I'm Here For You

W. Somerset Maugham
“Benevolence is often very peremptory.”
W. Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage

Michael Bassey Johnson
“You will achieve what you want to achieve, only if you can cope with the theory of altruism.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

Mary Shelley
“We are all each of us riddles, when unknown one to the other. The plain map of human powers and purposes, helps us not at all to thread the labyrinth each individual presents in his involution of feelings, desires and capacities; and we must resemble, in quickness of feeling, instinctive sympathy, and warm benevolence, the lovely daughter of Huntley, before we can hope to judge rightly of the good and virtuous of our fellow-creatures.”
Mary Shelley, The Fortunes of Perkin Warbeck

“{The resolution of the surviving members of the Eleventh Illinois Cavalry, whom Robert Ingersoll was the commander of, at his funeral quoted here}

Robert G. Ingersoll is dead. The brave soldier, the unswerving patriot, the true friend, and the distinguished colonel of the old regiment of which we have the honor to be a remanent, sleeps his last sleep.

No word of ours, though written in flame, no chaplet that our hands can weave, no testimony that our personal knowledge can bring, will add anything to his fame.

The world honors him as the prince of orators in his generation, as its emancipator from manacles and dogmas; philosophy, for his aid in beating back the ghosts of superstition; and we, in addition to these, for our personal knowledge of him, as a man, a soldier, and a friend.

We know him as the general public did not. We knew him in the military camp, where he reigned an uncrowned king, ruling with that bright scepter of human benevolence which death alone could wrest from his hand.

We had the honor to obey, as we could, his calm but resolute commands at Shiloh, at Corinth, and at Lexington, knowing as we did, that he would never command a man to go where he would not dare to lead the way.

We recognize only a small circle who could know more of his manliness and worth than we do. And to such we say: Look up, if you can, through natural tears; try to be as brave as he was, and try to remember -- in the midst of grief which his greatest wish for life would have been to help you to bear -- that he had no fear of death nor of anything beyond.”
Herman E. Kittredge, Ingersoll: A Biographical Appreciation

J.W. Lord
“Selfishness leads to nothingness. Generosity and benevolence leads to great reward,” he explained.”
J.W. Lord

Helal Hafiz
“পৃথক পাহাড়

আমি আর কতোটুকু পারি ?
কতোটুকু দিলে বলো মনে হবে দিয়েছি তোমায়,
আপাতত তাই নাও যতোটুকু তোমাকে মানায়।
ওইটুকু নিয়ে তুমি বড় হও,
বড় হতে হতে কিছু নত হও
নত হতে হতে হবে পৃথক পাহাড়,
মাটি ও মানুষ পাবে, পেয়ে যাবে ধ্রুপদী আকাশ।
আমি আর কতোটুকু পারি ?
এর বেশি পারেনি মানুষ।”
Helal Hafiz

Richelle E. Goodrich
“The actual secret to success: Be a better friend today than you were yesterday.”
Richelle E. Goodrich

Michael Bassey Johnson
“Don't act so callous to blank out good friends who failed on their way to success, just because something unusual hindered them, but you meandered out by a stroke of luck.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

Adam Smith
“It is not from the benevolence of the Butcher, the Brewer or the Baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest”
Adam Smith, The Invisible Hand

Washington Irving
“How easy is it for one benevolent being to diffuse pleasure around him, and how truly is a kind heart a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity to freshen into smiles.”
Washington Irving

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