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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
 
Alms
 
A friar who asks alms for God’s sake begs for two.  Spanish.  1
Alms are the golden key that opens the gates of heaven.  2
Alms are the salt of riches.  Hebrew.  3
Alms do not empty the purse and a mass does not exhaust a day’s duty.  Danish.  4
Almsgiving never made a man poor, nor robbery rich, nor prosperity wise.  5
Alms-giving secures heavenly bliss.  Tamil.  6
Better give nothing than stolen alms.  German.  7
Give not thy alms to the poor with grudging.  Phyoclides,  8
years before Christ.  9
Give not your alms to a sound limbed beggar.  Modern Greek.  10
Giving alms never lessens the purse.  Spanish.  11
He steals a goose and gives the giblets in alms.  12
He who gives alms makes the best use of his money.  13
He who gives alms should do it with discretion.  Sri Lankan.  14
It is small alms one beggar gives to another.  German.  15
No one becomes poor through giving alms.  Italian.  16
Steal a pig and give the trotters for God’s sake.  Spanish.  17
Steal my goose and stick me down a feather.  18
The door that is not opened to him who begs our alms will be opened to the physician.  19
The little alms are the good alms.  French.  20
To give alms is better than to take alms.  German.  21
 
 
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