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  • Posthumous charities are the very essence of selfishness, when bequeathed by those who, when alive, would part with nothing.
  • Give freely to him that deserveth well, and asketh nothing: and that is a way of giving to thyself.
  • The gift, to be true, must be the flowing of the giver unto me, correspondent to my flowing unto him.
  • A gift—its kind, its value and appearance; the silence or the pomp that attends it; the style in which it reaches you—may decide the dignity or vulgarity of the giver.
  • God's love gives in such a way that it flows from a Father's heart, the well-spring of all good. The heart of the giver makes the gift dear and precious; as among ourselves we say of even a trifling gift, "It comes from a hand we love," and look not so much at the gift as at the heart.
  • There is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers.