Quotation by François La Rochefoucauld, Duc De

Those who are incapable of commiting great crimes will not easily suspect others of doing so.
François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613–1680), French writer, moralist. Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 592 (1665, ed. FitzGibbon, 1957).

Samuel Johnson reiterated the remark in a letter, May 6, 1755, quoted in James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson (1791): "Men do not suspect faults which they do not commit."
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