"Laws and customs ..." Quote of Harriet Martineau

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Laws and customs may be creative of vice; and should be therefore perpetually under process of observation and correction: but laws and customs cannot be creative of virtue: they may encourage and help to preserve it; but they cannot originate it.
Harriet Martineau
Harriet Martineau (1802-1876), British writer, social critic. "Marriage," vol. 3, Society in America (1837).
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