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  • Human kindness is like a defective tap: the first gush may be impressive, but the stream soon dries up.

  • Sharing is a habit; it improves with practice.

  • He shared their sorrow, and they became a part of his, and the sharing spread their grief a little, by thinning it.

  • Unto a broken heart / No other one may go / Without the high prerogative / Itself hath suffered too.

    • Emily Dickinson,
    • in Thomas H. Johnson, ed., The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson ()
  • A trouble shared was a trouble exacerbated.

  • ... there is ten times more in the world than would maintain all in yet unknown luxury. Yet how much misery there is in our midst; not because there is not enough, but owing to the misdirection of it.

  • ... sharing is the secret of civilization.

  • Sharing is sometimes more demanding than giving.

  • Do not let the bread of the hungry mildew in your larder! Do not let moths eat the poor man's cloak. Do not store the shoes of the barefoot. Do not hoard the money of the needy. Things you possess in too great abundance belong to the poor and not to you. You are the thief who steals from God if you are able to help your neighbor and refuse to do it.

    • Christine de Pisan,
    • "Le livre des trois vertus" (1405), in Charity Cannon Willard, trans., and Madeleine Pelner Cosman, ed., A Medieval Woman's Mirror of Honor ()
  • Somehow, I never feel like good things b'long to me till I pass 'em on to somebody else.

  • There is an invariable law that the only way to keep the real things of life is by sharing them or giving them away.

  • She did not seem to mind talking about the troubles of her married life any more than a soldier minds telling the story of his campaigns, and dwells with pride on the worst battle of all.

  • Emotions weren't like washing. There was no call to peg them out for all the world to view.

  • Any surplus is immoral.

  • Imparting knowledge is only lighting other men's candles at our lamp, without depriving ourselves of any flame.

    • Jane Porter,
    • in Philip Sidney and Jane Porter, Aphorisms of Sir Philip Sidney, With Remarks by Miss Porter ()
  • I hate people doing an emotional striptease. It's never genuine or they wouldn't drag outsiders in.

  • ... every smart / Is eased in telling.

  • Oh God, modern life with all its feelings. ... We live in the most callous society ever, and all anybody talks about nowadays is getting in touch with their feelings. ... The world has become one enormous group therapy session. It's a terrible bore. My motto is, 'Thank you for not sharing!'