Henry James quote about charity from The Portrait of a Lady - I must say I think patriotism is like charity—it begins at home.
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I must say I think patriotism is like charity—it begins at home.
 Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady (1881). copy citation

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Author Henry James
Source The Portrait of a Lady
Topic charity home patriotism
Date 1881
Language English
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Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/2833/2833-h/2833-h.htm

Context

“«I'm not sure that I understand you,» said the correspondent of the Interviewer; «but I expect I shall before I leave.»
«He's what's called a cosmopolite,» Isabel suggested.
«That means he's a little of everything and not much of any. I must say I think patriotism is like charity—it begins at home.»
«Ah, but where does home begin, Miss Stackpole?» Ralph enquired.
«I don't know where it begins, but I know where it ends. It ended a long time before I got here.»
«Don't you like it over here?»” source

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