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Quote from Charles-Louis De Secondat,

"We ought to be very cautious in the prosecution of magic and heresy.
The attempt to put down these two crimes may be extremely perilous to liberty,
and may be the origin of a number of petty acts of tyranny if the legislator be not on his guard;
for as such an accusation does not bear directly on the overt acts of a citizen,
but refers to the idea we entertain of his character."


Charles-Louis De Secondat (more quotes by Charles-Louis De Secondat or books by/about Charles-Louis De Secondat)

(1689-1755) Baron de Montesquieu


The Spirit of the Laws, 1748


Conscience, Crime, Heresy, Individual Rights, Justice, Law, Persecution, Religion, Character


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