Montesquieu

Let us be as we are, said a gent­le­man of a nation that much resem­bles the one we have just been sug­ges­ting. Nature repairs all. She has given us a viva­city capa­ble of offen­ding and prone to make us lack all res­pect ; this same viva­city is cor­rec­ted by the refi­ne­ment it pro­cu­res us, by ins­pi­ring in us a taste for society and espe­cially for the friend­ship of women.

Leave us as we are. Given our indis­creet qua­li­ties, com­bi­ned with our lack of malice, laws that would cons­train our socia­ble humor would not be appro­priate.