Montesquieu

We shall show in Book XIX that indo­lent nations are gene­rally arro­gant. One could turn the effect against the cause, and des­troy indo­lence by arro­gance. In the south of Europe, where peo­ple are so imbued with the point of honor, it would be well to give pri­zes to the plow­men who had best tilled their fields, or to wor­kers who had advan­ced their indus­try. This prac­tice has suc­cee­ded in our time in Ireland ; it has esta­bli­shed there one of the lar­gest fabric pro­duc­tion plants in Europe.