A minister is excusable for the evil he may do when the helm of the government is forced into his hands by storms of state; but when there is a calm, he is answerable for all the good he does not do. - Voltaire Quotes

A minister is excusable for the evil he may do when the helm of the government is forced into his hands by storms of state; but when there is a calm, he is answerable for all the good he does not do.[Also known as:]Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do.

Source:'Chapter V: To the Death of Mazarin,' The Age of Louis XIV (1751)
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