at 4年前 ca 论法的精神经典语录 pv 1723 by 名著
The same Subject continued.
Let us not look for magnanimity in despotic governments; the prince cannot impart a greatness which he has not himself; with him there is no such thing as glory.
It is in monarchies that we behold the subjects encircling the throne, and cheered by the irradiancy of the sovereign; there it is that each person filling, as it were, a larger space, is capable of exercising those virtues which adorn the soul, not with independence, but with true dignity and greatness.
An Idea of Despotic Power.
When the savages of Louisiana are desirous of fruit, they cut the tree to the root, and gather the fruit.This is an emblem of despotic government.