Friday, July 27, 2007


"Men who are accustomed over a long series of years to supposing that whatever can somehow be squared with the law is right -- or if not right then allowable -- are not useful members of society; and when they reach positions of power in the state they are noxious. They are people for whom ethics can be summed up by the collected statutes ... they are men who tend to resign their own conscience to another's keeping, or to disregard it entirely." (Patrick O'Brian, The Reverse of the Medal)

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