Alms

From John Ruskin, Fors Clavigera, 19th letter, July 1, 1872.

Observe then, once for all, it is to be a company for Alms-giving, not for dividend-getting. For I still believe in Alms-giving, though most people now-a-days do not, but think the only hopeful way of serving their neighbor is to make a profit out of him. I am of the opinion, on the contrary, that the hopefullest way of serving him is to let him make a profit out of me, and I only ask the help of people who are at one with me in that mind.

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