"A guilty man is punished as an example for the mob;
an innocent man convicted is the business of every honest citizen."
by:
Jean de la Bruyere
(1645-1696) French essayist and moralist
Source:
Les Caracteres, 1688
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This quote describes so well the sovereigns relationship to victimless crimes and the slave's compelled compulsion.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    1696!
     -- jacq@jacq.org     
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    The big thieves hang the little ones.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    I think that Jean de la Bruyere was able to live from 1645 to 1969 because he ate a great deal of his cheese.
     -- Gary Bell, Jericho, Vermont     
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    It is the duty of every "free" citizen to safegaurd the rights of every other free citizen from foreign and domestic intervention.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    Welcome to the USA (Union of Socialist's Amerika) "And the people shall be oppressed, every one by another, and every one by his neighbour: the child shall behave himself proudly against the ancient, and the base against the honourable.: (Isaiah 3:5)
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    The quote is so true. Did he really live 324 years?
     -- Anonymous, Los Angeles     
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    Sorry - the date has been corrected. Thanks.
     -- Editor, Liberty Quotes     
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