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Again, everybody loves a thing more if it has cost him trouble: for instance those who have made money love money more than those who have inherited it. Now to receive a benefit seems to involve no labor, but to confer one is an effort. (This is why mothers love their children more than fathers, because parenthood costs the mother more trouble [and the mother is more certain that the child is her own].1) This also then would seem to be a characteristic of benefactors.

1 This seems an irrelevant insertion from 8.12.2 f.

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