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FAVORS
[ Also see Benefit Charity Generosity Gifts Goodness Influence Ingratitude Kindness Royalty ]

A favor tardily bestowed is no favor; for a favor quickly granted is a more agreeable favor.
  [Lat., Gratia, quae tarda est, ingrata est: gratia namque
    Cum fieri properat, gratia grata magis.]
      - Decimus Magnus Ausonius, Epigrams
         (LXXXII, 1)

'Tis ever thus when favours are denied;
  All had been granted but the thing we beg:
    And still some great unlikely substitute--
      Your life, your soul, your all of earthly good--
        Is proffer'd, in the room of one small boon.
      - Joanna Baillie

He only confers favors generously who appears, when they are once conferred, to remember them no more.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Favor exalts a man above his equals, but his dismissal from that favor places him below them.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

That man is worthless who knows how to receive a favor, but not how to return one.
  [Lat., Nam improbus est homo qui beneficium scit sumere et reddere nescit.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Persa
         (V, 1, 10)

For however often a man may receive an obligation from you, if you refuse a request, all former favors are effaced by this one denial.
  [Lat., Nam quamblibet saepe obligati, si quid unum neges, hoc solum meminerunt, quod negatum est.]
      - Pliny the Younger (Caius Caecilius Secundus),
        Epistles (III, 4)

'Tis the curse of service;
  Preferment goes by letter, and affection,
    And not by old gradation, where each second
      Stood heir to the first.
      - William Shakespeare

To accept a favor is to sell one's freedom.
  [Lat., Beneficium accipere, libertatem est vendere.]
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims

No free man will ask as favor, what he can not claim as reward.
  [Lat., Neutiquam officium liberi esse hominis puto
    Cum is nihil promereat, postulare id gratiae apponi sibi.]
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer), Andria
         (II, 1, 32)


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