Charles de Montesquieu - Quotes

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There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice. ---->>>

The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy. ---->>>

To become truly great, one has to stand with people, not above them. ---->>>

The less men think, the more they talk. ---->>>

We must have constantly present in our minds the difference between independence and liberty. Liberty is a right of doing whatever the laws permit, and if a citizen could do what they forbid he would no longer be possessed of liberty. ---->>>

Liberty is the right to do what the law permits. ---->>>

In most things success depends on knowing how long it takes to succeed. ---->>>

I have never known any distress that an hour's reading did not relieve. ---->>>

False happiness renders men stern and proud, and that happiness is never communicated. True happiness renders them kind and sensible, and that happiness is always shared. ---->>>

Talent is a gift which God has given us secretly, and which we reveal without perceiving it. ---->>>

A nation may lose its liberties in a day and not miss them in a century. ---->>>

No kingdom has shed more blood than the kingdom of Christ. ---->>>

There is no nation so powerful, as the one that obeys its laws not from principals of fear or reason, but from passion. ---->>>

Success in the majority of circumstances depends on knowing how long it takes to succeed. ---->>>

The reason the Romans built their great paved highways was because they had such inconvenient footwear. ---->>>

I have always observed that to succeed in the world one should seem a fool, but be wise. ---->>>

An empire founded by war has to maintain itself by war. ---->>>

Useless laws weaken the necessary laws. ---->>>

Luxury ruins republics; poverty, monarchies. ---->>>

The sublimity of administration consists in knowing the proper degree of power that should be exerted on different occasions. ---->>>

Author: A fool who, not content with having bored those who have lived with him, insists on tormenting generations to come. ---->>>

It is not the young people that degenerate; they are not spoiled till those of mature age are already sunk into corruption. ---->>>

If we only wanted to be happy, it would be easy; but we want to be happier than other people, and that is almost always difficult, since we think them happier than they are. ---->>>

We should weep for men at their birth, not at their death. ---->>>

In the infancy of societies, the chiefs of state shape its institutions; later the institutions shape the chiefs of state. ---->>>

If the triangles made a god, they would give him three sides. ---->>>

Friendship is an arrangement by which we undertake to exchange small favors for big ones. ---->>>

To love to read is to exchange hours of ennui for hours of delight. ---->>>

It is always the adventurers who do great things, not the sovereigns of great empires. ---->>>

Peace is a natural effect of trade. ---->>>

What orators lack in depth they make up for in length. ---->>>

Countries are well cultivated, not as they are fertile, but as they are free. ---->>>

If triangles had a god, they would give him three sides. ---->>>

There should be weeping at a man's birth, not at his death. ---->>>

Lunch kills half of Paris, supper the other half. ---->>>

There is no one, says another, whom fortune does not visit once in his life; but when she does not find him ready to receive her, she walks in at the door, and flies out at the window. ---->>>

An author is a fool who, not content with boring those he lives with, insists on boring future generations. ---->>>

Men should be bewailed at their birth, and not at their death. ---->>>

The severity of the laws prevents their execution. ---->>>

The spirit of moderation should also be the spirit of the lawgiver. ---->>>

Laws undertake to punish only overt acts. ---->>>

Biography

Charles de Montesquieu profile (charles-de-montesquieu.png)
Nationality: French
Born: January 18, 1689
Birthplace: Château de la Brède, La Brède, Aquitaine, France
Die: February 10, 1755
Occupation: Philosopher
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Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de La Brède et de Montesquieu (; French: [mɔ̃tɛskjø]; 18 January 1689 – 10 February 1755), generally referred to as simply Montesquieu, was a French lawyer, man of letters, and political philosopher who lived during the Age of Enlightenment. He is famous for his articulation of the theory of separation of powers, which is implemented in many constitutions throughout the world (wikipedia)