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witness the Romans, who had a constant succession of triumphs while they managed their Government on a certain plan

“It is not chance that rules the world, witness the Romans, who had a constant succession of triumphs while they managed their Government on a certain plan, and an uninterrupted series of reverses when it was conducted on another.

There are general causes, either moral or physical, at work in every monarchy, exalting, maintaining or overcoming it.”

The Spirit of Laws, Charles-Louis de Secondat, baron de La Brède et de Montesquieu