pandemo (pandemo) wrote,

A Fine Piece of Antique Reasoning

"Virtue and Vice be twin sisters who come running to do the bidding of the same father, Desire. Were there no desire there would be no virtue, and because one man desires what another does not, who shall say whether the child of his desire be vice or virtue? Or on the other hand if my friend desires his own wife and if that be virtue, then if I also desire his wife, is not that likewise virtue, since we desire the same thing?"
    Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Outlaw of Torn, Royal gardener Brus speaking to fencing master Sir Jules de Vac, Chapter 3 of the free on-line Project Gutenburg version
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