At home men are famous for doing nothing, here they are infamous for their honest endeavor. At home is respect and reward; abroad disrespect and heartbreaking. At home is augmentation of wages; abroad, no more than a third of wages. At home is content; abroad nothing so much as griefs, cares and displeasure. At home is safety; abroad no security. At home is security; abroad the best is bondage. And, in a word, at home all things are as a man may wish, and here nothing is answerable to merit.

— Spice Islands trader, On the injustice of life away from home  

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