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"Lawlessness works more harm to the state than any other cause. But a law-abiding spirit creates order and harmony, and at the same time puts chains upon evil-doers. It makes rough things smooth. It checks inordinate desires. It dims the glare of wanton pride and withers the budding bloom of wild delusion. It makes crooked judgment straight and softens arrogant behavior. It stops acts of sedition and stops the anger of bitter strife. Under the reign of law, sanity and wisdom prevail ever among men."


Solon
Fragments
Translated by Linforth