C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


To accept a favor is to sell one’s freedom.


That man is worthless who knows how to receive a favor, but not how to return one.


No free man will ask as favor, what be cannot claim as reward.


He only confers favors generously who appears, when they are once conferred, to remember them no more.


Favor exalts a man above his equals, but his dismissal from that favor places him below them.

La Bruyère.

A favor tardily bestowed is no favor; for a favor quickly granted is a more agreeable favor.


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.

  • ’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.

  • 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.

  • ’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.