"Charity begins at home."
Publius Terentius Afer
( c. 195/185 – c. 159? BC) Roman African playwright during the Roman Republic
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Another pitiful excuse for utter selfishness.
 -- Dick Trice, Fort Worth     
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    It's becoming a bit clearer that this site has an agenda to promote. Has anyone received 'mailed' quotes that aren't in this vein yet? I haven't. I, of course, often rely on quotes from the pre-christian era in my evaluation of economic policy in the 21st century - ROFL!!!
     -- Terry Berg, Occidental, CA     
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    The govt lays claim to our money to provide for us -- but are we not better guardians of our own well-being and better judges of whom deserve our charity? It is a classic.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Obviously Fort Worth is a hotbed of pitiful socialism. In my experience, living among the people in four different countries - if charity does not begin at home (i.e. the local community), the government steps in and` fouls up the whole idea with a gigantic 'welfare' bureacracy and kills off the whole concept of Christian charity. And humanity is worse off for it. As for relying upon "quotes from the pre-christian era" - I do think Publius Terentius Afer is from that era, so why not rely on his words?
     -- John-Douglas, nassau     
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