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Give freely, help yourself

Giving is not giving unless the giver has been scrubbed free of expectation. (This is what ‘give freely’ means.)

Helping is not helping unless the helper is beyond the need of all help.



When his son died, Emerson looked hard at grief. He later recalled it as a shallow emotion, depthless and unreal. No stoic lives far from the fact that we are born to die.

Please, sir

I am self-reliant in the realization that my good does not come from someone else. It will likely come through someone else; it will not come from someone else.

In the East (a state of consciousness, of union), there is a reluctance to thank one’s benefactors.

To ask someone for something is already to have paid the highest possible price.