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Juan Louis Vives

Brief Bio: Spanish (Valencian) scholar and Renaissance humanist who spent most of his adult life in the Southern Netherlands

Lived: 1493-1540

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“The producing of good citizens”

For they have no conception of the duty of government who wish to limit it to the settling of disputes over money or the punishment of criminals. On the contrary, it is much more important for the magistrates to devote their energy to the producing of good citizens than to the punishment and restraint of evildoers. How much less need would there be to punish, if these matters were rightly looked after beforehand!

From the book Concerning the Relief of the Poor

— 1526

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