It is Cruelty to the Good to Justify the Bad (London’s Lamentations)

Oudry wolf & lamb

Thomas Brooks, 1670, London’s Lamentations, The Epistle Dedicatory:

Public people should have public spirits; their gifts and goodness should diffuse themselves for the good of the whole. It is a base and ignoble spirit to pity any particular sort of men more than to pity the whole. It is cruelty to the good to justify the bad; it is wrong to the sheep to animate the wolves; it is danger, if not death, to the lambs not to restrain or chain up the lions;




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