Crime and error

Somone — Tony Howard, I think — wrote the other day that he had never understood Talleyrand’s saying that something was “worse than a crime: it was a mistake.” I think the difference is this. A crime is something for which you can later make reparation. A mistake, in Talleyrand’s sense, robs you even of the power to make amends.

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  1. What a nice man you are Andrew. I

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