Let’s try and deserve people’s trust rather than forfeit it.
As for me, I had to be disliked by both parties for the simple fact that I was more busy fighting their mistakes than rallying under their banner.
Not being able to talk, I decided to write instead.
I am too well aware of the human’s heart to hold grudge against anybody.
How on earth should we fight against a school that has the power in its hand and promises perfect happiness to everybody?
It is really difficult for our prejudices to allow us, not only to judge correctly, but even to see the facts as they are.
But have the rich on that account renounced the policy of plunder? It has never occurred to them. The argument of the indirect beneficial effects of spending continues to serve as their pretext.
But man is endowed with foresight, and hence his reason and his will are alone able to halt this disastrous trend.
Let moralists no longer be dismayed by this consideration.
I have always been inclined to respect men’s motives as something inviolate
It behooves the one who seeks the satisfaction to determine whether it is respectable, moral, reasonable, beneficial. The responsibility rests with him.
For my part, I would a thousand times rather be condemned for my frankness than be seen as clearly lacking what is man’s finest quality, the one that defines his power and his essence.
But as for the third system, which takes from the two others and which consists in demanding everything from the state while giving it nothing, this is illusionary, absurd, puerile, contradictory, and dangerous.