In Ethiopia during the famine, I saw stuff there that reorganized how I saw the world. I didn't quite know what to do about it. At a certain point, I felt God is not looking for alms. God is looking for action. - Bono
Time hath, my lord, a wallet at his back Wherein he puts alms for oblivion, A great-sized monster of ingratitudes: Those scraps are good deeds past, which are devour'd As fast as they are made, forgot as soon as done. - William Shakespeare
You'd be surprised how difficult it is to ask alms of a stranger when you've never done it before, what a psychological barrier separates the honest man from the panhandler. ("Dusk To Dawn") - Cornell Woolrich
If you disclose your alms, even then it is well done, but if you keep them secret, and give them to the poor, then that is better still for you; and this wipes off from you some of your evil deeds.
The greatest giver of alms is cowardice.
But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth. - Bible
So, ministers say that they teach charity. This is natural. They live on alms. All beggars teach that others should give. - Robert G. Ingersoll
Verily, a man teaching his child manners is better than giving one bushel of grain in alms.
Work is love made visible. And if you can't work with love, but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of the people who work with joy - Kahlil Gibran
My life should be unique; it should be an alms, a battle, a conquest, a medicine. - Ralph Waldo Emerson