Quote by David Russell
The hardest thing in life to learn is which bridge to cross and which to burn.
This quote implies that one of the most difficult aspects of life is figuring out when to pursue something or someone and when to let go. It suggests that decision-making can be challenging, as it often involves deciding between investing more in a situation or cutting one's losses to move forward. It emphasizes the importance of discernment and sound judgment in determining which paths to take and which to abandon.
In libertinage, nothing is frightful, because everything libertinage suggests is also a natural inspiration; the most extraordinary, the most bizarre acts, those which most arrantly seem to conflict with every law, every human institution... even those that are not frightful, and there is not one amongst them all that cannot be demonstrated within the boundaries of nature.
The mechanism that directs government cannot be virtuous, because it is impossible to thwart every crime, to protect oneself from every criminal without being criminal too; that which directs corrupt mankind must be corrupt itself; and it will never be by means of virtue, virtue being inert and passive, that you will maintain control over vice, which is ever active: the governor must be more energetic than the governed.