Where the danger and the advantage are equal, our wonder ceases, and even pity itself is in some measure lessened; but where the father of an innocent family is delivered up to the sword of error, prejudice, or enthusiasm, where the accused person has no other defence but his conscious virtue; where the arbiters of his destiny have nothing to hazard in putting him to death, but the having been mistaken, and where they may murder with impunity under the sanction of a judicial process; then every one is ready to cry out, every one brings the cafe home to himself, and sees with fear and trembling, that no person’s life is in safety in a court erected to watch over the lives of the subject; the public unite in demanding vengeance.

François-Marie Arouet known by his nom de plume Voltaire
21 November 1694 – 30 May 1778
Treatise upon Toleration. Translated from French by T.Smollett and T.Francklin, 1764.