"From whence we may learn that to perform a meritorious Action, it is not sufficient barely to conquer a Passion, unless it likewise be done from a laudable Principle, and consequently how necessary that Clause was in the Definition of Virtue, that our Endeavours were to proceed from a rational Ambition of being Good."
— Mandeville, Bernard (bap. 1670, d. 1733)
(Vol I, pp. 259-60)
See Bernard Mandeville, The Fable of the Bees, ed. F.B. Kaye, 2 vols.(Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1988). Orig. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1924. <Link to OLL>