The Good Book: Proverbs, chapter 17: Benefit

And now for your weekly dose of the bleeding obvious:

1. Benefits, like flowers, please when fresh.
Pretty, but basically banal.
2. Benefits turn to poison in bad minds.
Sinister, but basically banal.
3. The last benefit is the most remembered.
Painfully obvious.
4. When benefited, remember it; when benefiting, forget it.
Good advice.
5. Write injuries in dust, benefits in marble.
Also good advice.
6. Who confers a benefit loves more than the one benefited.
Pretty, not convinced that it’s true.
7. Benefits are acceptable only if they can be repaid.
Wait, what? Again, Grayling sacrifices accuracy for pithiness. Some benefits can only be repaid to one’s common humanity.
8. Benefits are traced on sand, injuries on brass.
The polar opposite of 5 above, but I get it – 5 is how it should be, 8 is how it is.
9. To accept a benefit is to sell one’s freedom.
But by that logica, the kindly dispensers of benefits who you just got done advising us to be are apparently sinister enslavers.
10. To benefit the worthy is to benefit all.
If only it was as easy to determine worthiness as it is to write platitudes.