Education of a Christian Prince. Chapter 6: Enacting or Amending Laws

The good, wise, and upright prince is simply a sort of embodiment of the law. He will therefore spare no effort to enact the best possible laws, those most beneficial to the state, rather than a great number. A very small number of laws will be sufficient in a well-ordered state under a good prince and honest magistrates, and if things are otherwise, no amount of laws will suffice. When an incompetent doctor tries one remedy after another, his patients tend to suffer.

By Erasmus of Rotterdam

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