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Melus improbos compescit non clementia

The phrase “melus improbos compescit non clementia” appears to be written in Latin. In English, it translates to “It is character, not mercy, that restrains the wicked.” This phrase emphasizes that a person’s moral character or inner qualities, rather than being merciful or lenient, prevents them from engaging in wicked or immoral behavior.

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