Frederick II, King of Prussia, once visited a fortress prison. Every prisoner, upon seeing the king, dropped to their knees and begged for mercy, pleading their innocence, in the hopes of being set free. Then the king passed by one cell with a quiet prisoner, who neither took notice of Frederick nor spoke to him.
“You there!” spake the king. “Aren’t you going to tell me you’re innocent and don’t deserve to be here?”
“No, sire. I committed my crime and I deserve my fate.”
Impressed by the man’s honesty Frederick called to the wardens. “Wardens! Take this man out of here! I won’t have this guilty man corrupting all these innocent people.”