Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de La Brède et de Montesquieu, generally referred to as simply Montesquieu, was a French judge, man of letters, and political philosopher.
An author is a fool who, not content with boring those he lives with, insists...
Laws undertake to punish only overt acts.
Men should be bewailed at their birth, and not at their death.
The spirit of moderation should also be the spirit of the lawgiver.
We should weep for men at their birth, not at their death.
The severity of the laws prevents their execution.
To become truly great, one has to stand with people, not above them.
Peace is a natural effect of trade.
Talent is a gift which God has given us secretly, and which we reveal without...
I have always observed that to succeed in the world one should seem a fool,...
An empire founded by war has to maintain itself by war.
Liberty is the right to do what the law permits.
It is always the adventurers who do great things, not the sovereigns of great...
Success in the majority of circumstances depends on knowing how long it takes...
Countries are well cultivated, not as they are fertile, but as they are free.
To love to read is to exchange hours of ennui for hours of delight.
I have never known any distress that an hour's reading did not relieve.
A nation may lose its liberties in a day and not miss them in a century.
The reason the Romans built their great paved highways was because they had...
If the triangles made a god, they would give him three sides.
What orators lack in depth they make up for in length.
Useless laws weaken the necessary laws.
There should be weeping at a man's birth, not at his death.
Luxury ruins republics; poverty, monarchies.
If triangles had a god, they would give him three sides.
I mean people up here aren't stupid, I'm lower gene pool and I kind of sit in amazement at watching some of them because they are pretty damn smart.