Montesquieu

In these conquests it is not enough to let the defea­ted nation keep its laws ; it is per­haps more neces­sary to let it keep its ethos, because a peo­ple always knows, loves, and defends its ethos more than its laws.

The French have been dri­ven out of Italy nine times, because, say the his­to­rians,1 of their inso­lence with res­pect to the women and girls. It is too much for a nation to have to bear the pride of the conque­ror, and also his inconti­nence, and yet again his per­haps more objec­tio­na­ble indis­cre­tion, because it mul­ti­plies insults no end.

Leaf through the history of the world by Mr. Pufendorf.