The laws of edu­ca­tion are the first ones we receive ; and as they pre­pare us to be citi­zens, each indi­vi­dual family should be gover­ned on the model of the great family that inclu­des all of them.

If the peo­ple in gene­ral has a prin­ci­ple, the parts that make it up, in other words the fami­lies, will have it too. The laws of edu­ca­tion will thus be dif­fe­rent in each kind of govern­ment ; in monar­chies, their objec­tive will be honor ; in repu­blics, vir­tue ; in des­po­tism, fear.