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CHAP. XI.: Of Thoughts. - Charles Louis de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu, Complete Works, vol. 1 The Spirit of Laws 
The Complete Works of M. de Montesquieu (London: T. Evans, 1777), 4 vols. Vol. 1.
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MARSYAS dreamt that he had cut Dionysius’s throat§ . Dionysius put him to death, pretending that he would never have dreamt of such a thing by night if he had not thought of it by day. This was a most tyrannical action; for, though it had been the subject of his thoughts, yet he had made no attempt∥ towards it. The laws do not take upon them to punish any other than overt acts.
[§ ]Plutarch’s Life of Dionysius.
[∥ ]The thought must be joined with some sort of action.