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In a well-governed State, there are few punishments, not because there are many pardons, but because criminals are rare; it is when a State is in decay that the multitude of crimes is a guarantee of impunity.
 Jean-Jacques RousseauThe Social Contract (1762). copy citation

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1762
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Of the Social Contract, or Principles of Political Law, Book II
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Translated by George Douglas Howard Cole
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