An upright young man, with an ardent heart, but without wealth, and temperamentally incautious, such as you are, will always be a tool of faction, or a victim of the powerful. And if in public affairs you can keep youself uncorrupted by the general nastiness, oh! you will be highly praised. But then you will be killed by calumny, that dagger in the night. Your prison will be forsaken by your friends, and your tomb scarcely honoured by a single sigh.
(2003.80, p. 96)