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Definition of Benevolence


  1. The disposition to do good; good will; charitableness; love of mankind, accompanied with a desire to promote their happiness.
  2. An act of kindness; good done; charity given.
  3. A species of compulsory contribution or tax, which has sometimes been illegally exacted by arbitrary kings of England, and falsely represented as a gratuity.

Benevolence Quotations

It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest.
Adam Smith

When virtue is lost, benevolence appears, when benevolence is lost right conduct appears, when right conduct is lost, expedience appears. Expediency is the mere shadow of right and truth; it is the beginning of disorder.
Lao Tzu

Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.
Baruch Spinoza

General benevolence, but not general friendship, made a man what he ought to be.
Jane Austen

Every act, every deed of justice and mercy and benevolence, makes heavenly music in Heaven.
Ellen G. White
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Benevolence Translations

benevolence in German is Wohlwollen
benevolence in Latin is benevolentia
benevolence in Norwegian is velvilje
benevolence in Spanish is benevolencia