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Feeling amusement, not a gift. I have experienced no loss. For both money and beggar I cared little, but the momentary sense of munificence was agreeable. The act was one of pride rather than generosity. On 32 GIFTS 33 the other hand, I give a friend a book I love, one that has deeply influenced my and I hope may influence his. He has no means of obtaining a copy elsewhere. But remember I shall miss it, no doubt. ing how long I have had it, and he not at life all, I resolve to impoverish myself for his The moment I hand it to enrichment.
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Does not. Knowledge heightens obligation. I would not defend I have absorption in our narrow circle. the been constant urging just enlargement of sympathetic knowledge. But we should never ignore the fact that the unknown is not as the known and that only in propor tion as we know can we advantageously help. Through overlooking these necessary limi human sympathy the Stoics were tations of We led to denounce patriotism. should honor man as man. Why, then, regard an American sufferer more than a Chinese ?