Quotation by Samuel Richardson

A good man will extend his munificence to the industrious poor of all persuasions reduced by age, infirmity, or accident; to those who labour under incurable maladies; and to the youth of either sex, who are capable of beginning the world with advantage, but have not the means.
Samuel Richardson (1689–1761), British novelist. First edition, London (1753-1754). Sir Charles Grandison, in Sir Charles Grandison, vol. 3, letter 3, Oxford University Press (1972, repr. 1986).

The simplest statement of Richardson's essential social ethic, his view of our social responsibility.
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