Chesterton quote in the Philipines

The Manilla Times reporting on Philipine General Garcia has emassed a P185 million dollar fortune. The article quotes Chesterton in this paragraph:

The lure of corruption must be hard to resist. Being a materialistic people, we’re so susceptible. The promise of easy money tickles, the prospect of instant wealth titillates. The English author, G.K. Chesterton, put it aptly: “Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it.” I heard someone say on television recently that the best way to deal with temptation is to succumb to it. We Filipinos have been doing a lot of succumbing for a long time now.


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