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In collecting plants, a botanist should always bear in mind the probable wants of his friends and laborers in the same field of science. Thus not only will he have the high gratification of imparting what he knows will be joyfully received, and of contributing to the enlargement and diffusion of correct knowledge, in which all true naturalists have a common interest; but he will also by such means be certain of receiving, in exchange for his duplicates, the plants of those districts and countries which he might be unable to obtain by any other means ; thus advancing his own attainments whilst promoting those of others.

Asa Gray proposing a win-win in The Elements of Botany, 1836.

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