'Charity begins at home' - Terence

Terence (Publius Terentius Afer) was a Roman playwright in the second century BC who had grown up as a slave - perhaps that was why he coined the now famous phrase enjoining domestic concord, 'charity begins at home'. In the present time of international economic difficulty that same phrase is sometimes used in a different way - to suggest that the giving of attention (and financial aid) to others (overseas) is less appropriate at a time of domestic recession.

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