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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Favor
 
  To accept a favor is to sell one’s freedom.
Syrus.    
  1
  That man is worthless who knows how to receive a favor, but not how to return one.
Plautus.    
  2
  No free man will ask as favor, what be cannot claim as reward.
Terence.    
  3
  He only confers favors generously who appears, when they are once conferred, to remember them no more.
Johnson.    
  4
  Favor exalts a man above his equals, but his dismissal from that favor places him below them.
La Bruyère.    
  5
  A favor tardily bestowed is no favor; for a favor quickly granted is a more agreeable favor.
Ausonius.    
  6
  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.
Pliny the Younger.    
  7
        ’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.    
  8
                Poor wretches, that depend
On greatness’ favor, dream as I have done;
Wake, and find nothing. But, alas, I swerve.
Many dream not to find, neither deserve,
And yet are steep’d in favors.
Shakespeare.    
  9
                ’Tis the curse of service;
Preferment goes by letter, and affection,
And not by old gradation, where each second
Stood heir to the first.
Shakespeare.    
  10
 
 
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