Only honest people and crooks can find a way out of any situation

A hint of Rochefoucauld in Anton Chekhov’s The Duel (pg. 212 of the Everyman Complete Short Novels, Pevear and Volokhonsky translation):

Only honest people and crooks can find a way out of any situation, but somebody who wants to be an honest man and a crook at the same time has no way out.

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