Quotation by Joseph De Maistre

False opinions are like false money, struck first of all by guilty men and thereafter circulated by honest people who perpetuate the crime without knowing what they are doing.
Joseph De Maistre (1753–1821), French diplomat, philosopher. the Count, in Les Soirées de Saint-Pétersbourg, "First Dialogue," (1821), repr. In The Works of Joseph de Maistre, ed. Jack Lively (1965).
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