There is more real pleasure to be gotten out of a malicious act, where
your heart is in it, than out of thirty acts of a nobler sort.
Revenge is wicked, & unchristian & in every way unbecoming, &
I am not the man to countenance it or show it any favor. (But it is powerful
Therein lies the defect of revenge: it's all in the anticipation; the
thing itself is a pain, not a pleasure; at least the pain is the biggest
end of it.
Illustration by Fred Lewis
of Mark Twain as Huck Finn.
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