Signs of the Times

[Rt. Hon. Stanley Baldwin, M. P., as quoted in Great Thoughts, London, England]

There is an old saying that charity begins at home. Sometimes people laugh at it, because you get some niggardly person who is asked to help a cause and who shrugs his shoulders and says he is unable to because charity begins at home. That is selfishness acting under the mask of a perfectly true proverb. What it really means is this. We all of us have to begin with faith in and love for our own home and those who belong to us. If ye love not the brethren whom ye have seen—that is the foundation on which everything is built. Then the love of home, the sympathy with those who live at home, the work for those at home, can be carried on in ever widening circles until you embrace the whole universe. The truest patriotism is that which is grounded in the love of home.

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December 14, 1929

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