Quotes on Embarrassment
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1,341. Class; Debt; Embarrassment
"It sometimes happens in the combinations of life, that important services are performed by inferiors; but though their zeal and activity may be paid by pecuniary rewards, they seldom excite that flow of gratitude, or obtain that accumulation of recompense, with which all think it their duty to acknowledge the favour of those who descent to their assistance from a higher elevation. To be obliged is to be in some respect inferior to another; and few willingly indulge the memory of an action which raises one whom they have always been accustomed to think below them, but satisfy with faint praise and penurious payment, and then drive it form their own minds, and endeavour to conceal it from the knowledge of others."
Johnson: Rambler #166 (October 19, 1751)

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