„Among the English, we see on one side an exhibition of grossness and impudence in wickedness, and on the other, we admire their strictness and lofty eminence in that which is good. In that country, interest and conscience measure every thing. There is nothing intermediate between the two motives.In France, on the contrary, the gap between interest and conscience is admirably filled by honour…. In its origin, honour had for its office to take the place of conscience. Where it was deficient, honour presented itself the heir, the distant relation of conscience…. But honour itself is becoming weak…. If this progress continues, it will end by being extinguished. But which will then become the heir of honour? Will it be interest or conscience?“
— Alexandre Vinet
History of French Literature in the Eighteenth Century (1854), pp. 366-367.