Charles de Montesquieu

(born Charles-Louis de Secondat) French lawyer, man of letters, and political philosopher who lived during the Age of Enlightenment.

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In large and populous cities," says the author of the Fable of the Bees, i, p. 133, "they wear clothes above their rank, and, consequently, have the pleasure of being esteemed by a vast majority, not as what they are, but what they appear to be.