Busted Halo
Daily Jolt
May 30th, 2012
The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good. — Samuel Johnson


Do something for someone today without any intention of receiving something in return, even a thank you.

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  • teine

    what does this quote mean?

    • Phil Fox Rose

      teine, if you are good towards those who can help you in some way, then there’s the possibility that you are looking for that return benefit. If you are good towards someone who cannot help you in any way, then that possibility is removed. It’s pure caritas. It doesn’t mean helping those who can help you is bad; it’s just saying you can see whether a person is selflessly good this way. The quote, which may apparently not have been Samuel Johnson after all, is a direct paraphrasing of two sayings of Jesus. In Luke 6:33, Jesus said, ” If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do the same.” And in Luke 14:12b-14a: “When you hold a lunch or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or your wealthy neighbors, in case they may invite you back and you have repayment. Rather, when you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you.”

  • DMT

    This quote is not Samuel Johnson. More likely Dear Abby/Ann Landers — http://www.samueljohnson.com/measure.html

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