Crime Is Eventually Punished

Such is the moral construction of the world that no national crime passes unpunished in the long run… Were present oppressors to reflect on the same truth, they would spare to their own countries the penalties on their present wrongs which will be inflicted on them in future times. The seeds of hatred and revenge which they [sow] with a large hand will not fail to produce their fruits in time. Like their brother robbers on the highway, they suppose the escape of the moment a final escape and deem infamy and future risk countervailed by present gain.

~ Thomas Jefferson (1743-04-13 1826-07-04 age:83) American Founding Father and U.S. president (17431826), letter to Francois de Marbois, 1817