The compulsion to do good is an innate American trait. Only North Americans seem to believe that they always should, may, and actually can choose somebody with whom to share their blessings. Ultimately this attitude leads to bombing people into the acceptance of gifts.
The essence of love is found in man's inherent connection with God, manifested and strengthened by our willingness to give, or dulled and destroyed by our refusal to do so.
Help someone, you earn a friend. Help someone too much, you make an enemy
When it comes to giving—some people stop at nothing.
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
Happiness is the only good. The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. The way to be happy is to make others so.
The measure of a man’s humanity is the extent and intensity of his love for mankind.
Much as we might wish to believe otherwise, universal love and the welfare of the species as a whole are concepts which simply do not make evolutionary sense
They have done impossible things in impossible places. I think it's a great use of that altruism that is built into the Peace Corps. These are people who want to give of themselves.
A race of altruists is necessarily a race of slaves. A race of free men is necessarily a race of egoists.
To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children...to leave the world a better place...to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
That man is good who does good to others; if he suffers on account of the good he does, he is very good; if he suffers at the hands of those to whom he has done good, then his goodness is so great that it could be enhanced only by greater sufferings; and if he should die at their hands, his virtue can go no further: it is heroic, it is perfect.
Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own.
True happiness, we are told, consists in getting out of one's self; but the point is not only to get out - you must stay out; and to stay out you must have some absorbing errand.
Altruism declares that any action taken for the benefit of others is good, and any action taken for one's own benefit is evil. Thus the beneficiary of an action is the only criterion of moral value - and so long as that beneficiary is anybody other than oneself, anything goes.
There is no limit to the good a man can do, if he doesn’t care who gets the credit.
Human altruism is thought to be based, in part, on empathy. To be empathetic, you need to understand the thoughts and desires of others.
I would rather be kept alive in the efficient if cold altruism of a large hospital than expire in a gush of warm sympathy in a small one.
No people do so much harm as those who go about doing good.
In brief, egoism in its modern interpretation, is the antithesis, not of altruism, but of idealism.
A human being is part of the whole, called by us ‘Universe’; a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and affection for a few persons nearest us.
Very usually, altruism is only the sublimest form of selfishness.
Objectivism comes on, sometimes, as if the most important issue you have to understand is the issue of egoism versus altruism. But thats nowhere near the beginning of the process.
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