Montesquieu

Let us not look for magna­ni­mity in des­po­tic sta­tes ; the prince would not sup­ply a gran­deur he has not him­self : in his land there is no glory.

It is in monar­chies that we will see the prince sur­roun­ded by sub­jects illu­mi­na­ted by his beams ; it is there that eve­ryone occu­pying so to speak a big­ger space, can exer­cise those vir­tues that give the soul not inde­pen­dence, but gran­deur.