Cardinal Richelieu is frequently quoted as saying,
If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him.
What I've never seen cited, though, was the context of this quote. I find it difficult to imagine any context in which someone would want to actually admit this, even if it were true, because of what a horrible person it makes you look like when you come out and actually say it, but apparently he said it anyway. Is anyone able to put this quote in its proper context?