Henry James quote about sacrifice from The Portrait of a Lady - There's no generosity without some sacrifice.
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There's no generosity without some sacrifice.
 Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady (1881). copy citation

Context

“her friend asked with no sign of wincing.
«You'll have obliged me greatly.»
«And what will be my reward?»
«Do you need a reward for an act of generosity?»
«Yes, when it involves a great sacrifice.»
«There's no generosity without some sacrifice. Men don't understand such things. If you make the sacrifice you'll have all my admiration.»
«I don't care a cent for your admiration—not one straw, with nothing to show for it. When will you marry me?” source

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