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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Liberty is the right of doing whatever the laws permit.

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If you run after wit, you will succeed in catching folly.

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I have read descriptions of Paradise that would make any sensible person stop wanting to go there.

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Man, as a physical being, is like other bodies governed by invariable laws.

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I suffer from the disease of writing books and being ashamed of them when they are finished.

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To lend money without interest, is certainly an action laudable and extremely good; but it is obvious, that it is only a counsel of religion, and not a civil law.

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There is hardly any grief that an hour's reading will not dissipate.

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In the birth of societies it is the chiefs of states who give it its special character; and afterward it is this special character that forms the chiefs of state.

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A fondness for reading changes the inevitable dull hours of our life into exquisite hours of delight.

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When God endowed human beings with brains, He did not intend to guarantee them.

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Slowness is frequently the cause of much greater slowness.

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An injustice to one is a threat made to all

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That anyone who possesses power has a tendency to abuse it is an eternal truth. They tend to go as far as the barriers will allow.

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As virtue is necessary in a republic, and honor in a monarchy, fear is what is required in a despotism. As for virtue, it is not at all necessary, and honor would be dangerous there.

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What cowardice it is to be dismayed by the happiness of others and devastated by there good fortune.

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