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DISINTERESTEDNESS
[ Also see Benevolence Generosity Interest Justice Magnanimity Neutrality Philanthropy Toleration ]

How difficult it is to get men to believe that any other man can or does act from disinterestedness!
      - Benjamin Robert Haydon

The slightest emotion of disinterested kindness that passes through the mind improves and refreshes that mind, producing generous thought and noble feeling, as the sun and rain foster your favourite flowers. Cherish kind wishes, my children; for a time may come when you may be enabled to put them in practice.
      - Mary Russell Mitford,
        Our Village: Sketches of Rural Character and Scenery
         (The Residuary Legatee, vol. 5, p. 145)

Men of the world hold that it is impossible to do a disinterested action, except from an interested motive; for the sake of admiration, if for no grosser, more tangible gain. Doubtless they are also convinced that, when the sun is showering light from the sky, he is only standing there to be stared at.
      - Unknown


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