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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.

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.