Quotation by Samuel Richardson

'Tis a barbarous temper, and a sign of a very ill nature, to take delight in shocking any one: and, on the contrary, it is the mark of an amiable and a beneficent temper, to say all the kind things one can, without flattery or playing the hypocrite,—and what never fails of procuring the love and esteem of every one; which, next to doing good to a deserving object who wants it, is one of the greatest pleasures of this life.
Samuel Richardson (1689–1761), British novelist. Letter, 1732, to his nephew, Thomas Verren Richardson. As quoted in Samuel Richardson: A Biography, ch. 3, T.C. Duncan Eaves and Ben D. Kimpel (1971).

This letter was the original draft of what became Part I of The Apprentice's Vade Mecum (1734), still given in England to printers learning the trade.
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