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BENEFIT
[ Also see Advantage Charity Favors Gifts Goodness Kindness Liberality Love Philanthropy ]

He who confers a benefit on anyone loves him better than he is beloved.
      - Aristotle

There is a hook in every benefit that sticks in his jaws that takes the benefit, and draws him whither the benefactor will.
      - Dr. John Donne

Benefits should be conferred gradually; and in that way they will taste better.
      - Niccolo Machiavelli (Macchiavelli)

A benefit cited by way of reproach is equivalent to an injury.
      - Jean Baptiste Racine

A benefit consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer.
  [Lat., Beneficium non in eo quot fit aut datur consistit sed in ipso dantis aut facientis animo.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        De Beneficiis (I, 6)

A benefit is estimated according to the mind of the giver.
  [Lat., Eodem animo beneficium debetur, quo datur.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        De Beneficiis (II, 1)

Let him that hath done the good office conceal it; let him that received it disclose it.
  [Lat., Qui dedit beneficium taceat; narret; qui accepit.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        De Beneficiis (II, 11)

He gives a benefit twice who gives quickly.
  [Lat., Inopi beneficium bis dat, qui dat celeriter.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        Proverbs of Seneca

Benefits are acceptable, while the receiver thinks he may return them; but once exceeding that, hatred is given instead of thanks.
  [Lat., Beneficia usque eo laeta sunt dum videntur exsolvi posse; ubi multum antevenere pro gratia odium redditur.]
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus), Annales
         (IV, 18)


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