Aristotle wan­ted some­ti­mes to satisfy his jea­lousy of Plato, and some­ti­mes his pas­sion for Alexander. Plato was indi­gnant at the tyranny of the peo­ple of Athens. Machiavelli was full of his idol, the Duc de Valentinois. Thomas More, who tal­ked more about what he had read than what he had thought, wan­ted to govern every state with the sim­pli­city of a Greek city.1 Harrington could see only the repu­blic of England, while a flock of wri­ters found disor­der eve­ryw­here they did not see the crown. Laws always encoun­ter the pas­sions and pre­ju­di­ces of the legis­la­tor. Sometimes they pass right through them, and take on their color, some­ti­mes they remain there and blend into them.

In his Utopia.