Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson

We do not quite forgive a giver. The hand that feeds us is in some danger of being bitten. We can receive anything from love, for that is a way of receiving it from ourselves; but not from any one who assumes to bestow. We sometimes hate the meat which we eat, because there seems something of degrading dependence in living it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Gifts," Essays, Second Series (1844).
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