„So Vice is beneficial found,
When it's by Justice lopt and bound;
Nay, where the People would be great,
As necessary to the State,
As Hunger is to make 'em eat.
Bare Virtue can't make Nations live
In Splendor; they, that would revive
A Golden Age, must be as free,
For Acorns, as for Honesty.“

—  Bernard Mandeville, livro The Fable of the Bees

"The Moral", line 17, p. 24
The Fable of the Bees (1714)

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