Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson

The service a man renders his friend is trivial and selfish, compared with the service he knows his friend stood in readiness to yield him, alike before he had begun to serve his friend, and now also. Compared with that good-will I bear my friend, the benefit it is in my power to render him seems small.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Gifts," Essays, Second Series (1844).
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