When law becomes despotic, morals are relaxed, and vice versa.

[Quand le despotisme est dans les lois, la liberté se trouve dans les mœurs, et vice versa.]

Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850) French novelist, playwright
The Wild Ass’s Skin [Le Peau de chagrin], Part 1 “The Talisman” (1831) [tr. Marriage]
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