Monday, October 12, 2009

A Twofold Problem

Someone asked a hermit to accept money for his future needs but he refused, because the produce of his labor was enough for him. When the giver persisted, and begged him to take it for the needs of the poor, he replied, "If I did that my disgrace would be twofold. I do not need it, yet I would have accepted it: and when I gave it to others, I would suffer from vanity."

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