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Friday, March 28, 2008

Friday Quote of the Day

"They look upon fraud as a greater crime than theft, and therefore seldom fail to punish it with death; for they allege, that care and vigilance, with a very common understanding, may preserve a man’s goods from thieves, but honesty has no defence against superior cunning; and, since it is necessary that there should be a perpetual intercourse of buying and selling, and dealing upon credit, where fraud is permitted and connived at, or has no law to punish it, the honest dealer is always undone, and the knave gets the advantage"
Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

Swift began writing the book not long after the South Sea Bubble burst in 1720 although the book was only published 6 years later.


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