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God help us, ma'am! Do you see what we saw? We saw that we'd been given a law to live by, a moral law, they called it, which punished those who observed it — for observing it. The more you tried to live up to it, the more you suffered; the more you cheated it, the bigger reward you got. Your honesty was like a tool left at the mercy of the next man's dishonesty. The honest ones paid, the dishonest collected. The honest lost, the dishonest won. How long could men stay good under this sort of a law of goodness?

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Quote Author: Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

(1533-1592) Essais - French essayist, courtier, moralist, had important influence on French literature.

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