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Benevolence Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Benevolence

Please enjoy these Benevolence Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

When virtue is lost, benevolence appears,
when benevolence is lost right conduct appears,
when right conduct is lost, expedience appears.
Expediency is the mere shadow of right and truth;
it is the beginning of disorder.
- Lao Tzu

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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

Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue,
a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence,
confidence, justice.
- Baruch Spinoza

Generosity during life is a very different thing from
generosity in the hour of death;
one proceeds from genuine liberality and benevolence,
the other from pride or fear.
- Horace Mann

 

For peace is not mere absence of war,
but is a virtue that springs from, a state of mind,
a disposition for benevolence, confidence,
justice.
- Baruch Spinoza

General benevolence, but not general friendship,
made a man what he ought to be.
- Jane Austen

Government is either organized benevolence or organized madness;
its peculiar magnitude permits no shading.
- John Updike

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Alas few socialists are either benevolent enough to
work hard at these occupations out of benevolence or
self-interested enough to work hard at them for money.
- John McCarthy

A monarchy conducted with infinite wisdom and infinite
benevolence is the most perfect of all possible governments.
- Ezra Stiles

Let the professors of Christianity recommend their
religion by deeds of benevolence -
by Christian meekness -
by lives of temperance and holiness.
- Richard Mentor Johnson

To remove ignorance is an important branch of benevolence.
- Ann Plato

There is no truer cause of unhappiness amongst men than,
where naturally expecting charity and benevolence,
they receive harm and vexation.
- Francois Rabelais

Oddly my name has been no professional help at all!
It seems to have made no difference.
I admire him hugely, both for his benevolence and his
enormous psychological perception.
- Joanna Trollope

Benevolence alone will not make a teacher,
nor will learning alone do it.
The gift of teaching is a peculiar talent,
and implies a need and a craving in the teacher himself.
- John Jay Chapman

A benevolent mind, and the face assumes the patterns of benevolence.
An evil mind, then an evil face.
- Jimmy Sangster

A benevolent man should allow a few faults in himself,
to keep his friends in countenance.
- Benjamin Franklin

Love can be unselfish, in the sense of being benevolent and generous,
without being selfless.
- Mortimer Adler

To feel much for others and little for ourselves;
to restrain our selfishness and exercise our benevolent affections,
constitute the perfection of human nature.
- Adam Smith

It is clearly better that property should be private,
but the use of it common; and the special business
of the legislator is to create in men this benevolent disposition.
- Aristotle

He was so benevolent, so merciful a man that,
in his mistaken passion, he would have held an umbrella
over a duck in a shower of rain.
- Douglas William Jerrold

Today is the bridge between the past,
regarding which we unconditionally accept that
everything has occurred according to God's plan,
and a future where we place our unconditional trust
in God's omnipotence and His benevolent design for our lives.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I believe in benevolent dictatorship provided I am the dictator.
- Richard Branson

The mission of the United States is one of benevolent assimilation.
- William McKinley

The conqueror is regarded with awe; the wise man commands our respect;
but it is only the benevolent man that wins our affection.
- William Dean Howells

The best government is a benevolent tyranny tempered
by an occasional assassination.
- Voltaire

When a benevolent mind contemplates the republic of Lycurgus,
its admiration is mixed with a degree of horror.
- Thomas Day

Islam has shown two faces to the Jews,
one benevolent, one less so.
- Jack Schwartz

Clearly, children's charities struggle to find private
sources of money to sustain their benevolent programs.
- Dana Rohrabacher

We like where we live and we wanna participate in our
neighbourhoods and communities and stuff and try to-
we're not like benevolent-
it's pretty basic.
- Jon Fishman

But friendship is precious, not only in the shade,
but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement
the greater part of life is sunshine.
- Thomas Jefferson

You shall always find what you created in your mind,
for instance, a benevolent God or an evil Devil.
Between them are countless facets.
Therefore, concentrate on the depth of your consciousness
and on what you consider to be positive and good.
- Hans Bender

I like them all - I don't always approve.
I see myself as a sort of benevolent uncle to these characters,
and I can see why they do what they do;
sometimes they make some mistakes,
but at heart I think they're decent.
- Patrick Marber

I never examined what I did in any great detail because
I thought it would spoil things.
I never read the scripts at all carefully,
and never wanted to know what was going on,
because I felt that being a benevolent alien that's the way it should be.
- Tom Baker

We both can be the most beautiful and benevolent creatures on the planet,
but then there's another side that can be as harsh
and as ugly as the darkest thing you could imagine seeing.
- Terrence Howard

To the truly benevolent mind, indeed,
nothing is more satisfactory than to hear of a miser
denying himself the necessaries of life a little too
far and ridding us of his presence altogether.
- James Payn

It is in fact agreed that I am the plague,
the cholera of the benevolent and generous men who
are interested in art and that,
when I show myself with my plasters,
even the Emperor of the Sahara would flee.
- Camille Claudel

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Talent is God-given; be humble.
Fame is man-given; be thankful.
Conceit is self-given; be careful.
- John Wooden

All things share the same breath -
the beast, the tree, the man...
the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
- Chief Seattle (attributed)

Two things a man should never be angry at:
what he can help,
and what he cannot help.
- Thomas Fuller

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person.
Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
- Oscar Wilde

The full measure of a man is
not to be found in the man himself,
but in the colors and textures that
come alive in others because of him.
- Albert Schweitzer

The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.
The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
- Lao Tzu

Show me a man who knows his own heart
and to him I shall belong.
- Jewel

Nearly all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln

Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl
is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.
- Albert Einstein

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
- George Eliot

Circumstance does not make the man: it reveals him to himself.
- James Allen

Anxiety is love's greatest killer.
It makes one feel as you might
when a drowning man holds unto you.
You want to save him, but you know
he will strangle you with his panic.
- Anais Nin

A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.
- Benjamin Franklin

The wise man in the storm prays God,
not for safety from danger,
but for deliverance from fear.
It is the storm within which endangers him,
not the storm without.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for health.
- Carl Jung

Habit is habit,
and not to be flung out of the window by any man,
but coaxed down-stairs a step at a time.
- Mark Twain

Adversity introduces a man to himself.
- Anonymous

Man must evolve for all human conflict,
a method which rejects
revenge, aggression and retaliation.
The foundation of such a method is love.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Some things will never seem adequate
no matter how hard we try.
- from the movie White Man's Burden

The man form is higher than the angel form;
of all forms it is the highest.
Man is the highest being in creation,
because he aspires to freedom.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

Every man should have a fair-sized cemetery
in which to bury the faults of his friends.
- Henry Brooks Adams

I, with a deeper instinct,
choose a man who compels my strength,
who makes enormous demands on me,
who does not doubt my courage or my toughness,
who does not believe me naive or innocent,
who has the courage to treat me like a woman.
- Anais Nin

A man who dares to waste one hour of time
has not discovered the value of life.
- Charles Darwin

A man too busy to take care of his health is like
a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools.
- Spanish Proverb

If a man does not make new acquaintances
as he advances through life,
he will soon find himself alone.
A man, sir, should keep his friendships in constant repair.
- Samuel Johnson

The greatest virtue of man is perhaps curiosity.
- Anatole France

This communicating of a man's self to his friend
works two contrary effects;
for it redoubleth joys, and cutteth griefs in half.
- Francis Bacon

The man of genius inspires us with
a boundless confidence in our own powers.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

What is happiness except the simple harmony
between a man and the life he leads?
- Albert Camus

A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.
- Mark Twain

It is easy enough to be pleasant
When life flows by like a song,
But the man worth while is the one who will smile
When everything goes dead wrong.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The man who can't dance thinks the band is no good.
- Polish Proverb

Man should forget his anger before he lies down to sleep.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

No man is the whole of himself;
his friends are the rest of him.
- Harry Emerson Fosdick


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