Montesquieu

At first one has dif­fi­culty unders­tan­ding how a prince who had seve­ral good qua­li­ties, who was not wan­ting in insight, who natu­rally loved the good, and finally, in a word, was son of Charlemagne, could have such nume­rous, such vio­lent, such irre­conci­lia­ble ene­mies, so eager to affront him, so inso­lent in his humi­lia­tion, so deter­mi­ned to des­troy him : and they would have des­troyed him twice irre­trie­va­bly if his chil­dren, at bot­tom more wor­thy men than they, had been able to fol­low a pro­ject and agree on some­thing.