Quotation by Marquis de Sade

The mechanism that directs government cannot be virtuous, because it is impossible to thwart every crime, to protect oneself from every criminal without being criminal too; that which directs corrupt mankind must be corrupt itself; and it will never be by means of virtue, virtue being inert and passive, that you will maintain control over vice, which is ever active: the governor must be more energetic than the governed.
Marquis de Sade (1740–1814), French author. Saint-Fond, in L'Histoire de Juliette, ou les Prospérités du Vice, pt. 3 (1797).
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