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Daemon
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Necessity makes an honest man a knave.

Daniel Defoe (1660-1731)
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Necessity make an honest man knave . Is a fact of live , in addition to that it make an honest women a prostitute . In many developing countries that visited where they have big families . Where most of them don't have asocial network that help those in need. You have to keep your Han on your pocket fearing of criminals.you have to be vigilant not to go out at night . You also have to know the safe places that tourist can vist. Beware of prostitute ,most of them are infected with resistant or untreatable diseases.
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Can't turn your back on what must be done a honest man is not shy of the outcome
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The same ambition can destroy or save, and make a patriot as it makes a knave.
Alexander Pope
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He who cheats others is a knave, but he who cheats himself is a fool.
Karl G. Maeser
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Necessity is either make or break an honest man...
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Defoe! My first love. 'Robinson Crusoe' was my father, mother - everything.
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So all men are knaves ?
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Here the context from : Serious Reflections During the Life and Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe: With his Vision of the Angelick World.
Written by Himself
Daniel Defoe

1720, London: W. Taylor

Chapter Two — An Essay Upon Honesty

......
Honesty is equity, every man is lord-chancellor to
himself; and if he would consult that principle within him
would find reason as fair an advocate for his neighbour as
for himself. But I proceed.

Of the Trial of Honesty

Necessity makes an honest man a knave; and if the world was to be the judge according to the common received notion, there would not be an honest poor man left alive.
A rich man is an honest man — no thanks to him; for he would be a double knave to cheat mankind when he had no need of it: he has no occasion to press upon his integrity, nor so much as touch upon the borders of dishonesty. Tell me of a man that is a very honest man,
for he pays everybody punctually, runs into nobody’s debt, does no man any wrong; very well — what circumstances is he in? Why, he has a good estate, a fine yearly income, and no business to do. The devil must have full possession of this man if he should be a knave,
for no man commits evil for the sake of it; even the devil himself has some farther design in sinning than barely the wicked part of it.
No man is so hardened in crimes as to commit them for the mere pleasure of the fact — there is always some vice gratified; ambition, pride, or avarice makes rich men knaves, and necessity the poor. But to go on with this rich honest man; his neighbour, a thriving
merchant, and whose honesty had as untainted a character as he can pretend to, has a rich ship cast away, or a factor broad broke in his debt, and his bills come back protested, and he fails — is fain to abscond and make a composition. Our rich honest man flies out upon him presently he is a knave, a rogue, and don’t pay people what he owes them; and we should have a law that he that runs into debt farther than he is able to pay should behanged, and the like. If the poor man is laid hold on by some creditor, and put in prison — ay, there let him lie, he deserves it; ‘t will be an example to keep others from the like. And now, when all is done, this broken merchant may be as honest a man as the other.

http://rci.rutgers.edu/~tripmcc/phil/defoe-serious_reflections_on_the_life_of_robinson_crusoe.pdf
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Daemon wrote:
Necessity makes an honest man a knave.

Daniel Defoe (1660-1731)
Joy Frohlich
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Rich men are certainly not all honest, many are rich only because their greed makes them dishonest. A poor man can retain his integrity and stay honest. I agree, in many poor countries, girls and sold into sexual slavery. Thank God for a few people who try to rescuee them.
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Daemon wrote:
Necessity makes an honest man a knave.

Daniel Defoe (1660-1731)



...and herself the mother of invention.
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Anthony7877 wrote:
Defoe! My first love. 'Robinson Crusoe' was my father, mother - everything.

I was shocked at the racism. This is such a very dated book. I'm glad I don't live in those times (I'm white in case anyone's curious).
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Daemon wrote:
Necessity makes an honest man a knave.

Daniel Defoe (1660-1731)


Aye, but what makes a necessity-- that is the question.
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