There is indeed a certain sense of gratification when we do a good deed that gives us inward satisfaction, and a generous pride that accompanies a good conscience…These testimonies of a good conscience are pleasant; and such a natural pleasure is very beneficial to us; it is the only payment that can never fail. On Repentance.



Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: French

There is indeed a certain sense of gratification when we do a good deed that gives us inward satisfa.. Montaigne

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