There is no man so good that if he placed all his actions and thoughts under the scrutiny of the laws, he would not deserve hanging ten times in his life.

Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592) French essayist
“Of Vanity,” Essays (1588) [tr. Frame (1958)]

Alt. trans.: "No man is so exquisitely honest or upright in living but that ten times in his life he might not lawfully be hanged."

Added on 1-Feb-04 | Last updated 28-Sep-10
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