When princes condescend to emerge from their miserable systems of etiquette it is never in favour of a man of merit, but of a wench or a buffoon. When women forget themselves it is never for love of an honest man but of a rascal. In short when people break the yoke of public opinion, it is rarely to rise above it, nearly always to descend below it.
(Nicolas de Chamfort, The Cynic’s Breviary. London: Elkin Mathews, 1902, p. 46).