Quotation by Sarah Fielding

Thus the reader who hath most truly considered and digested the sentiments which he reads must be a man of the best taste and must find most pleasure in the perusal of authors worth the reading. It is but to preserve candor enough to keep up an impartial attention and, instead of being actuated by a false shame of ignorance, to know when properly to confess myself a learner, and I have it in my power (as far as my capacity will reach) to command any knowledge that is extant in the whole universe.
Sarah Fielding (1710–1768), British novelist, and Jane Collier. The Cry: A New Dramatic Fable, prologue to part 3 (1754).

In the 18th century, "candor" signified impartiality, justice, and kindliness.
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