Blaise Pascal, Pensées (c. 1670)  
   

Dialog between two men with Pascal's reply

 

 

"Why do you kill me to benefit yourself? I am not armed.

"What! Do you not live on the other side of the water? My friend if you lived on this side I would be a murderer, and it would be unjust to kill you like that. But since you live on the other side, I am a brave man and it is just [to kill you.] . . . .

[Pascal] Theft, inceest, the murder of children and of fathers--all have been reckoned virtuous actions. Can there be anything so absurd as that a man has the right to kill me because he lives on that side of the water and his prince has a quarrel with mine, even though I have none with him?