Nathaniel Hawthorne Quote
There is so much wretchedness in the world, that we may safely take the word of any mortal professing to need our assistance; and, even should we be deceived, still the good to ourselves resulting from a kind act is worth more than the trifle by which we purchase it.
Passages from the American Note-books of Nathaniel Hawthorne... In Two Volumes... (ed. 1868)