Charles de Montesquieu Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Charles de Montesquieu quotes and Charles de Montesquieu sayings, and Charles de Montesquieu proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

"Friendship is an arrangement by which we undertake to exchange small favors for big ones."

"The spirit of moderation should also be the spirit of the lawgiver."

"In the infancy of societies, the chiefs of state shape its institutions; later the institutions shape the chiefs of state."

"Lunch kills half of Paris, supper the other half. "

"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."

"Men should be bewailed at their birth, and not at their death."

"Success in the majority of circumstances depends on knowing how long it takes to succeed."

"The reason the Romans built their great paved highways was because they had such inconvenient footwear."

"An author is a fool who, not content with boring those he lives with, insists on boring future generations."

"Laws undertake to punish only overt acts."

"Author: A fool who, not content with having bored those who have lived with him, insists on tormenting generations to come."

"I have always observed that to succeed in the world one should seem a fool, but be wise."

"There should be weeping at a man’s birth, not at his death. "

"I have never known any distress that an hour’s reading did not relieve."

"Talent is a gift which God has given us secretly, and which we reveal without perceiving it."

"The sublimity of administration consists in knowing the proper degree of power that should be exerted on different occasions."

"If the triangles made a god, they would give him three sides."

"If we only wanted to be happy, it would be easy; but we want to be happier than other people, and that is almost always difficult, since we think them happier than they are."

"If triangles had a god, they would give him three sides."

"It is not the young people that degenerate; they are not spoiled till those of mature age are already sunk into corruption. "

"There is no one, says another, whom fortune does not visit once in his life; but when she does not find him ready to receive her, she walks in at the door, and flies out at the window. "

"There is no nation so powerful, as the one that obeys its laws not from principals of fear or reason, but from passion. "

"We must have constantly present in our minds the difference between independence and liberty. Liberty is a right of doing whatever the laws permit, and if a citizen could do what they forbid he would no longer be possessed of liberty."

"Useless laws weaken the necessary laws."

"An empire founded by war has to maintain itself by war."

"A nation may lose its liberties in a day and not miss them in a century."

"The severity of the laws prevents their execution."

"Peace is a natural effect of trade. "

"It is always the adventurers who do great things, not the sovereigns of great empires. "

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