Philanthropist. A rich (and usually bald) old gentleman who has trained himself to grin while his conscience is picking his pocket.
Author: Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)
Profession: American Author, Editor, Journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary"
To enjoy a good reputation give publicly, and steal privately.
Author: Josh Billings (1815-1885)
Profession: American Humorist, 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.
Author: Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936)
Profession: British Author
The worst of charity is that the lives you are asked to preserve are not worth preserving.
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
Profession: American Poet, Essayist
I love my fellow creatures -- I do all the good I can -- yet everybody says I'm such a disagreeable man!
Author: W. S. Gilbert (1836-1911)
Profession: British Librettist
He is one of those wise philanthropists who, in a time of famine, would vote for nothing, but a supply of toothpicks.
Author: Douglas William Jerrold (1803-1857)
Profession: British Humorist, Playwright
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?
Author: John Keats (1795-1821)
Profession: British Poet
All philanthropy... is only a savory fumigation burning at the mouth of a sewer. This incense offering makes the air more endurable to passers-by, but it does not hinder the infection in the sewer from spreading.
Author: Ellen Key (1849-1926)
Profession: Swedish Author, Feminist
Those who give hoping to be rewarded with honor are not giving, they are bargaining.
Profession: Byzantine Scientist
Philanthropic people lose all sense of humanity. It is their distinguishing characteristic.
Author: Oscar Wilde (1856-1900)
Profession: British Author, Wit
Boredom is the legitimate kingdom of the philanthropic.
Author: Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)
Profession: British Novelist, Essayist