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Quotation by Marquis de Sade
Belmor, in L'Histoire de Juliette, ou les ProspÃ©ritÃ©s du Vice (1797) Chigi, in L'Histoire de Juliette, ou les ProspÃ©ritÃ©s du Vice (1797) ClÃ©ment, in Justine, ou les Malheurs de la Vertu (1791) Comte de Bressac, in Justine, ou les Malheurs de la Vertu (1791, 1991) Cur-de-fer, in Justine, ou les Malheurs de la Vertu (1791)
Any punishment that does not correct, that can merely rouse rebellion in whoever has to endure it, is a piece of gratuitous infamy which makes those who impose it more guilty in the eyes of humanity, good sense and reason, nay a hundred times more guilty than the victim on whom the punishment is inflicted.
Marquis de Sade (1740–1814), French author. Letter, May 21, 1781, to his wife from Vincennes prison. Selected Letters, no. 8, ed. Margaret Crosland (1965).
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