An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





How wretched is the person who hangs on by the favors of the powerful.


Robert Burns (1759-1796, Scottish poet)


Our friends are generally ready to do everything for us, except the very thing we wish them to do.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


The person whose doors I enter with most pleasure, and quit with most regret, never did me the smallest favor.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


The pleasure we derive from doing favors is partly in the feeling it gives us that we are not altogether worthless. It is a pleasant surprise to ourselves.


Eric Hoffer (1902-1983, American author, philosopher)


It is no tragedy to do ungrateful people favors, but it is unbearable to be indebted to a scoundrel.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Benefits should be conferred gradually; and in that way they will taste better.


Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527, Italian author, statesman)


O how wretched is that poor man that hangs on princes favors! There is betwixt that smile we would aspire to, that sweet aspect of princes, and their ruin, more pangs and fears than wars or women have, and when he falls, he falls like Lucifer, never to hope again.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


A favor well bestowed is almost as great an honor to him who confers it as to him who receives it.


Sir Richard Steele (1672-1729, British dramatist, essayist, editor)


The person who receives the most favors is the one who knows how to return them.


Publilius Syrus (85 BC- 43BC, Roman writer)


To refuse graciously is to confer a favor.


Publilius Syrus (85 BC- 43BC, Roman writer)


When you confer a benefit on those worthy of it, you confer a favor on all.


Publilius Syrus (85 BC- 43BC, Roman writer)


Never ask a favor of someone till they have had their dinner.


Author Unknown


To a well deserving person God will show favor. To an ill deserving person He will simply be just.


Author Unknown


To accept a favor is to forfeit liberty.


Author Unknown


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