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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.


  • Joker: [tosses two pennies on the ground] There's your two cents. Now, what are you going to do to me?
Charlie: Listen.... I... O'm sorry, really! I.... I had a bad day. Boss turned down my raise, and...
Joker: Now look, my rude friend! We can't have people cursing at each other on the freeway. It's simply not polite! [jumps down and grabs him] I'm just going to have to teach you some manners. [reaches into his coat]
Charlie: Please don't! I have a family, a wife, a little boy! Please! I'll do anything to make it up! Anything!
Joker: Anything, says you? [Charlie nods; Joker releases him] Okee-dokee! Wallet.
Charlie: Uh, okay. I don't have much cash.Joker: Oh, please! Don't insult me! [takes out driver's license] Charles Michael Collins. That's you! Tsk tsk, lousy picture, though. Lousy! Address, height, weight, blah blah blah. [tosses the wallet back and keeps the license] Righty-o, Chuckers! Here's the deal. I'll let you off if you promise to do a little favor for me.
Charlie: Okay. What?
Joker: I DON'T KNOW! I HAVEN'T THOUGHT OF IT YET! You just toddle on back to your mundane, meaningless little life, and when I need you, I'll call. Fair? Good? Great! I'll be in touch. [walks away, laughing maniacally]
  • Unwanted favours gain no gratitude.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

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.

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