For the moment, one would have thought that the human heart itself was about to undergo a great transformation and, shaking off the yoke of self-interest, would henceforth be guided by nothing less than the purest forms of self-sacrifice.
We may note, however, that for beings endowed with a capacity for experimenting, learning, and improving, progress is the general law.
SPEECH ON THE TAX ON WINES AND SPIRITS
For when it comes to civil servants, there is no halfway house: if they are not very useful indeed, they are harmful; if they do not uphold the freedom of citizens, they stifle it.
23. – CIRCULARS FROM A GOVERNMENT THAT IS NOWHERE TO BE FOUND.
Obviously any civil servant who does not do a useful job does a damaging one by the very fact of taking action.