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Quotes of the Day for 6 December 2003 – Charity

Today is the Feast of Saint Nicholas, who died on this day in 345 or 352. Relatively little is known about Nicholas, but he served as Bishop of Myra in western Asiatic Turkey. He didn't wear red, he wasn't fat, and he didn't come down the chimney, but he was the origin of Santa Clause. In his domain a poor family had three daughters, and with nothing to offer as dowry, all three girls despaired of getting married and looked forward to a life of prostitution or worse. According to pious tradition, on three nights Nicholas walked passed the home and threw a bag of gold coins through a window, thus solving the problem. In colder climes, the story was modified to throwing the coins down the chimney.

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The quotes:

Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity.
     - Albert Camus, 1913 - 1960

More and more I come to value charity and love of one's fellow being above everything else... All our lauded technological progress - our very civilization - is like the axe in the hand of the pathological criminal.
     - Albert Einstein, 1879 - 1955

If you haven't any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.
     - Bob Hope, 1903 - 2003

Instead of comparing our lot with that of those who are more fortunate than we are, we should compare it with the lot of the great majority of our fellow men. It then appears that we are among the privileged.
     - Helen Keller, 1880 - 1968

Never let your zeal outrun your charity. The former is but human, the latter is divine.
     - Hosea Ballou

Give, if thou can, an alms; if not, a sweet and gentle word.
     - Robert Herrick


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