"Is there being foolish enough to believe that anyone breaking any law of society will be left in peace by the people?
Is it not in the interest of humanity to destroy anyone who interferes with their rights, or is detrimental to their existence?
Position or wealth can sometimes provide the evanescent glow of success, however, such reign will be short!
Recognized and exposed, he will soon become a subject of public hatred and contempt; will he then find apologists, or supporters ready to cheer him in the fall?
Nobody will want to admit to knowing him, since he will not have anything to offer. Everyone will abandon him as superfluous ballast; misfortune will fall upon him from all sides, he will cry in shame and misery, and will soon die in despair."
Who would have thought that Marquis de Sade could be such an optimist?