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Favors or favours are acts by which help is voluntarily provided to another person out of goodwill, rather than in the interests of justice or for payment.
- Unwanted favours gain no gratitude.
- Sophocles Oedipus at Colonus
- Let the favour be repaid to him who repays a favour.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 267.
- Gratia, quæ tarda est, ingrata est: gratia namque
Cum fieri properat, gratia grata magis.
- A favor tardily bestowed is no favor; for a favor quickly granted is a more agreeable favor.
- Ausonius, Epigrams, LXXXII. 1.
- Nam improbus est homo qui beneficium scit sumere et reddere nescit.
- That man is worthless who knows how to receive a favor, but not how to return one.
- Plautus, Persa, V, 1, 10.
- Nam quamblibet sæpe obligati, si quid unum neges, hoc solum meminerunt, quod negatum est.
- 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, Epistles, III. 4.
- Beneficium accipere, libertatem est vendere.
- To accept a favor is to sell one's freedom.
- Syrus, Maxims.
- Neutiquam officium liberi esse hominis puto
Cum is nihil promereat, postulare id gratiæ apponi sibi.
- No free man will ask as favor, what he can not claim as reward.
- Terence, Andria, II. 1. 32.