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Are there not thousands in the world who love their fellows even to the death, who feel the giant agony of the world, and more, like slaves to poor humanity, labor for mortal good?

John Keats (1795-1821) British poet.

Philanthropic people lose all sense of humanity. It is their distinguishing characteristic.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish poet and dramatist.

Boredom is the legitimate kingdom of the philanthropic.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) British novelist and essayist.

Philanthropist. A rich (and usually bald) old gentleman who has trained himself to grin while his conscience is picking his pocket.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) American newspaperman and short-story writer.

To enjoy a good reputation give publicly, and steal privately.

Josh Billings (1815-1885) American humorist and lecturer.

If the barricades went up in our streets and the poor became masters, I think the priests would escape, I fear the gentlemen would; but I believe the gutters would simply be running with the blood of philanthropists.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) British journalist, novelist and poet.

The worst of charity is that the lives you are asked to preserve are not worth preserving.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.