Quotation by Oscar Wilde

Charity creates a multitude of sins.
Oscar Wilde (1854–1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. repr. In Complete Works of Oscar Wilde, ed. J.B. Foreman (1966). The Soul of Man Under Socialism (1895) Fortnightly Review (London, Feb. 1890).

This dictum was echoed in another line by Wilde—"Charity ... creates a multitude of evils," in The Critic as Artist, published in July and September of the same year (1890)Mbut both recall Thoreau's, "This is a charity that hides a multitude of sins" (referring to philanthropists) in Walden (1854) "Economy," which itself derives from the Bible, "For charity shall cover the multitude of sins." (1 Peter 4:8).
Surprise me with a
The Columbia World of Quotations © 1996, Columbia University Press.
Licensed from Columbia University Press. All rights reserved. Except as otherwise permitted by written agreement, the following are prohibited: copying substantial portions or the entirety of the work in machine readable form, making multiple printouts thereof, and other uses of the work inconsistent with U.S. and applicable foreign copyright and related laws.
Copyright ©  2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
About PRIVACY POLICY Terms Careers Advertise with Us Contact Us Suggest a Word Help