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  • ... the detective's highest talent lay in the gentle art of seeking favours under the guise of conferring them!

    • Agatha Christie,
    • "The Affair at the Victory Ball," Poirot Investigates ()
  • But people's as quick to forget favors as to ask thim, we all know that.

  • Consider once before you give, twice before you receive, and a thousand times before you ask.

  • There are many ways of asking a favor; but to assume that you are granting the favor that you ask shows spirit and invention.

  • Vain favor! coming, like most other favors long deferred and often wished for, too late!

  • Never ask a favor until you are drawing your last breath; and never forget one.

  • ... it was easier to do a friendly thing than it was to stay and be thanked for it.

  • ... I wait for a chance to confer a great favor, and let the small ones slip; but they tell best in the end, I fancy.

  • Nothing is more pleasing and engaging than the sense of having conferred benefits. Not even the gratification of receiving them.

  • ... it isn't good tactics to ask for something that you know will be refused.

  • ... favors are always for ourselves. Especially when we ask for things for other people.

  • [Upon hearing an acquaintance had expressed annoyance with her:] I can't imagine why she is mad at me; I haven't done anything for her lately.

  • In Africa people learn to serve each other. They live on credit balances of little favours that they give and may, one day, ask to have returned.

  • Mr. Underwood spoke in a tone between asking and granting a favor.

  • ... to ask for anything of consequence from friends who cannot refuse is uncivilized.