Montesquieu

I have not said this to dimi­nish at all the infi­nite dis­tance bet­ween vices and vir­tues : God for­bid ! I have only meant to get across the idea that all poli­ti­cal vices are not moral vices, and all moral vices are not poli­ti­cal vices ; and those who make laws that go against the gene­ral spi­rit must not ignore this fact.