Montesquieu

On the capi­tal of the empire

One of the conse­quen­ces of what we have just said is that it is impor­tant to a very great prince to choose the seat of his empire well. He who pla­ces it toward the south will risk losing the north, and he who pla­ces it in the north will easily retain the south. I am not spea­king of par­ti­cu­lar cases : mecha­nics indeed has its fric­tions, which often change or halt the effects of theory ; poli­tics has some as well.