Baron De Montesquieu Quotes

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A man who writes well writes not as others write, but as he himself writes; it is often in speaking badly that he speaks well. -Baron de Montesquieu
When virtue is banished, ambition invades the minds of those who are disposed to receive it and avarice possesses the whole community. -Baron de Montesquieu
Wonderful maxim: not to talk of things any more after they are done. -Baron de Montesquieu
The state is the association of men, and not men themselves; the citizen may perish, and the man remain. -Baron de Montesquieu
I shall be obliged to wander to the right and to the left, that I may investigate and discover the truth. -Baron de Montesquieu
Lunch kills half of Paris, supper the other half. -Baron de Montesquieu
Very good laws may be ill timed. -Baron de Montesquieu
The false notion of miracles comes of our vanity, which makes us believe we are important enough for the Supreme Being to upset nature on our behalf. -Baron de Montesquieu
It is always the adventurous who accomplish great things. -Baron de Montesquieu
Republics end through luxury; monarchies through poverty. -Baron de Montesquieu
When a government lasts a long while, it deteriorates by insensible degrees. Republics end through luxury, monarchies through poverty. -Baron de Montesquieu
Luxury ruins republics; poverty, monarchies. -Baron de Montesquieu
...when the laws have ceased to be executed, as this can only come from the corruption of the republic, the state is already lost. -Baron de Montesquieu
Virtue is necessary to a republic. -Baron de Montesquieu
The less luxury there is in a republic, the more it is perfect. -Baron de Montesquieu
In a republic there is no coercive force as in other governments, the laws must therefore endeavor to supply this defect. -Baron de Montesquieu
Virtue in a republic is the love of one's country, that is the love of equality. -Baron de Montesquieu
Republics are brought to their ends by luxury; monarchies by poverty. -Baron de Montesquieu
Republics come to an end by luxurious habits; monarchies by poverty. -Baron de Montesquieu
When the savages of Louisiana wish to have fruit, they cut the tree at the bottom and gather the fruit. That is exactly a despotic government. -Baron de Montesquieu
When God endowed human beings with brains, He did not intend to guarantee them. -Baron de Montesquieu
Nature is just to all mankind, and repays them for their industry. She renders them industrious by annexing rewards in proportion to their labor. -Baron de Montesquieu
There is something in animals beside the power of motion. They are not machines; they feel. -Baron de Montesquieu
Man is a social animal formed to please in society. -Baron de Montesquieu
Friendship is a contract in which we render small services in expectation of big ones. -Baron de Montesquieu
In constitutional states, liberty is compensation for heavy taxes; in dictatorships, the subsititue is light taxes. -Baron de Montesquieu
If you would be holy, instruct your children, because all the good acts they perform will be imputed to you. -Baron de Montesquieu
I have always observed that to succeed in the world one should seem a fool, but be wise. -Baron de Montesquieu
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. -Baron de Montesquieu
The severity of the laws prevents their execution. -Baron de Montesquieu
Sometimes a man who deserves to be looked upon because he is a fool is despised only because he is a lawyer. -Baron de Montesquieu
The success of most things depends upon knowing how long it will take to succeed. -Baron de Montesquieu
There should be weeping at a man's birth, not at his death. -Baron de Montesquieu
Power should be a check on power. -Baron de Montesquieu
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