Baron De Montesquieu Quotes

Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de La Brède et de Montesquieu (/?m?nt?skju?/; French: [m??t?skjø]; 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.

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The Ottoman Empire whose sick body was not supported by a mild and regular diet, but by a powerful treatment, which continually exhausted it.

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When the legislative and executive powers are united in the same person, or in the same body of magistrates, there can be no liberty; because apprehensions may arise, lest the same monarch or senate should enact tyrannical laws, to execute them in a tyrannical manner.

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In bodies moved, the motion is received, increased, diminished, or lost, according to the relations of the quantity of matter and velocity; each diversity is uniformity, each change is constancy.

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Thus the creation, which seems an arbitrary act, supposes laws as invariable as those of the fatality of the Atheists. It would be absurd to say that the Creator might govern the world without those rules, since without them it could not subsist.

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I never listen to calumnies, because if they are untrue I run the risk of being deceived, and if they be true, of hating persons not worth thinking about.

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Although born in a prosperous realm, we did not believe that its boundaries should limit our knowledge, and that the lore of the East should alone enlighten us.

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Christianity stamped its character on jurisprudence; for empire has ever a connection with the priesthood.

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The Christian religion is a stranger to mere despotic power. The mildness so frequently recommended in the Gospel is incompatible with the despotic rage.

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We ought to be very cautious and circumspect in the prosecution of magic and heresy. The attempt to put down these two crimes may be extremely perilous to liberty.

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The incomparable stupidity of life teaches us to love our parents; divine philosophy teaches us to forgive them.

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Life was given to me as a favor, so I may abandon it when it is one no longer.

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The deterioration of every government begins with the decay of the principles on which it was founded.

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What unhappy beings men are! They constantly waver between false hopes and silly fears, and instead of relying on reason they create monsters to frighten themselves with, and phantoms which lead them astray.

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Love of reading enables a man to exchange the weary hours, which come to every one, for hours of delight.

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Knowledge humanizes mankind, and reason inclines to mildness; but prejudices eradicate every tender disposition.

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