Charles Spurgeon — There is an old story…

There is an old story which tells of an Italian duke who went on board a galley ship.  As he passed the crew of slaves he asked several of them what their offenses were.  Every one laid the blame to someone else, saying his brother was to blame or the judge was bribed.  One sturdy young fellow said:  “My lord, I am justly in here.  I wanted money and I stole it.  No one is to blame but myself.”  The duke on hearing this seized him by the shoulder, saying, “You rogue!  What are you doing here among so many honest men?  Get you out of their company!”  The young fellow was then set at liberty, while the rest were left to tug at the oars.
Charles Spurgeon