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The love of democracy is that of equality.
Charles de Montesquieu
A man should be mourned at his birth, not at his death.
Charles de Montesquieu (Persian Letters, 1721)
Useless laws weaken the necessary laws.
Charles de Montesquieu (The Spirit of Laws - Book XXIX, 1748)
Oh, how empty is praise when it reflects back to its origin!
Charles de Montesquieu (Persian Letters, 1721)
Liberty is the right of doing whatever the laws permit.
Charles de Montesquieu (The Spirit of Laws - Book XI, 1748)
What orators lack in depth they make up for in length.
Charles de Montesquieu
Life was given to me as a favor, so I may abandon it when it is one no longer.
Charles de Montesquieu (Persian Letters, 1721)
I have never known any distress that an hour’s reading did not relieve.
Charles de Montesquieu
Slowness is frequently the cause of much greater slowness.
Charles de Montesquieu (The Spirit of Laws - Book XXI, 1748)
The honor of the conquest is rated by the difficulty.
Charles de Montesquieu (Pensées diverses)
The avarice of nations makes them quarrel for the movables of the whole universe.
Charles de Montesquieu (The Spirit of Laws - Book XX, 1748)
Very good laws may be ill timed.
Charles de Montesquieu (The Spirit of Laws - Book XXXI, 1748)
Republics end through luxury; monarchies through poverty.
Charles de Montesquieu (The Spirit of Laws - Book VII, 1748)
If triangles were tomake to themselves gods, they would give them three sides.
Charles de Montesquieu (Persian Letters, 1721)
The public business must be carried on with a certain motion, neither too quick nor too slow.
Charles de Montesquieu (The Spirit of Laws - Book II, 1748)
The culture of lands requires the use of money.
Charles de Montesquieu (The Spirit of Laws - Book XVIII, 1748)
Men, who are rogues individually, are in the mass very honorable people.
Charles de Montesquieu (The Spirit of Laws - Book XXV, 1748)
The government is like all things in the world to preserve it, we must love it.
Charles de Montesquieu (The Spirit of Laws, 1748)
Not to be loved is a misfortune, but it is an insult to be loved no longer.
Charles de Montesquieu (Persian Letters, 1721)
I have read descriptions of Paradise that would make any sensible person stop wanting to go there.
Charles de Montesquieu (Persian Letters, 1721)
I have always observed that to succeed in the world one should appear like a fool but be wise.
Charles de Montesquieu (Pensées diverses)
There is something in animals beside the power of motion. They are not machines; they feel.
Charles de Montesquieu
The wickedness of mankind makes it necessary for the law to suppose them better than they really are.
Charles de Montesquieu (The Spirit of Laws - Book VI, 1748)
I can assure you that no kingdom has ever had as many civil wars as the kingdom of Christ.
Charles de Montesquieu (Persian Letters, 1721)
There are countries where a man is worth nothing; there are others where he is worth less than nothing.
Charles de Montesquieu (The Spirit of Laws - Book XXIII, 1748)
There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.
Charles de Montesquieu
I shall be obliged to wander to the right and to the left, that I may investigate and discover the truth.
Charles de Montesquieu (The Spirit of Laws - Book XIX, 1748)
The deterioration of a government begins almost always by the decay of its principles.
Charles de Montesquieu (The Spirit of Laws - Book VIII, 1748)
The culminating point of administration is to know well how much power, great or small, we ought to use in all circumstances.
Charles de Montesquieu
Liberty itself has appeared intolerable to those nations who have not been accustomed to enjoy it.
Charles de Montesquieu (The Spirit of Laws - Book XIX, 1748)
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Charles de Montesquieu Biography

Born: January 18, 1689
Died: February 10, 1755

Charles de Montesquieu was a French political philosopher and thinker. He is best known for his works and theories on different political and govermental issues.

Notable Works
Persian Letters (1721)
The Spirit of the Laws (1748)
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