Quotation by Desiderius Erasmus

Kings have many ears and many eyes.... They have ears that listen a hundred miles from them; they have eyes that espy out more things than men would think. Wherefore, it is wisdom for subjects not only to keep their princes' laws and ordinances in the face of the world but also privily ... for conscience sake.
Desiderius Erasmus (c. 1466–1536), Dutch humanist. Proverbs or Adages of Erasmus, folio 4-5, ed. Richard Taverner (1545).
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