It has always seemed to me that the social order was implicit in the very nature of things, and required nothing more from the human spirit than care in arranging the various elements; that a people could be governed without being made thralls or libertines or victims thereby; that man was born for peace and liberty, and became miserable and cruel only through the action of insidious and oppressive laws. And I believe therefore that if man be given laws which harmonize with the dictates of nature and of his heart he will cease to be unhappy and corrupt.
Louis Antoine de Saint-Just
Everyone should avoid familiarity or friendship with anyone suspected of belonging to masonry or to affiliated groups. Know them by their fruits and avoid them. Every familiarity should be avoided, not only with those impious libertines who openly promote the character of the sect, but also with those who hide under the mask of universal tolerance, respect for all religions, and the craving to reconcile the maxims of the Gospel with those of the revolution. These men seek to reconcile Christ and Belial, the Church of God and the state without God.
Pope Leo XIII
You are not wrong, " Laurence said. He had assumed as much himself, after all, in his Navy days: had thought the Corps full of wild, devil-may-care libertines, disregarding law and authority as far as they dared, barely kept in check- to be used for their control over the beasts, and not respected. "But if we have more liberty than we ought, " Laurence said, after a moment, struggling through, "it is because they have not enough: the dragons. They have no stake in victory but our happiness; their daily bread and nation would give them just to have peace and quiet. We are given licence so long as we do what we ought not; so long as we use their affections to keep them obedient and quiet, to ends which serve them not at all- or which harm." "How else do you make them care?" Granby said. "If we left off, the French would only run right over us, and take our eggs themselves." "They care in China, " Laurence said, "and in Africa, and they care all the more, that their rational sense is not imposed on, and their hearts put into opposition with their minds. If they cannot be woken to a natural affection for their country, such as we feel, it is our fault, and not theirs.
Il s'etait tant de fois entendu dire ces choses, qu'elles n'avaient pour lui rien d'original. Emma ressemblait e toutes les mae®tresses ; et le charme de la nouveaute, peu e peu tombant comme un veªtement, laissait voir e nu l'eternelle monotonie de la passion, qui a toujours les meªmes formes et le meªme langage. Il ne distinguait pas, cet homme si plein de pratique, la dissemblance des sentiments sous la parite des expressions. Parce que des le¨vres libertines ou venales lui avaient murmure des phrases pareilles, il ne croyait que faiblement e la candeur de celles-le ; on en devait rabattre, pensait-il, les discours exageres cachant les affections mediocres ; comme si la plenitude de l'e¢me ne debordait pas quelquefois par les metaphores les plus vides, puisque personne, jamais, ne peut donner l'exacte mesure de ses besoins, ni de ses conceptions, ni de ses douleurs, et que la parole humaine est comme un chaudron feªle oe¹ nous battons des melodies e faire danser les ours, quand on voudrait attendrir les etoiles.