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.
To become truly great, one has to stand with people, not above them.
A nation may lose its liberties in a day and not miss them in a century.
Luxury ruins republics; poverty, monarchies.
There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.
Peace is a natural effect of trade.
If I knew something that would serve my country but would harm mankind, I would never reveal it; for I am a citizen of humanity first and by necessity, and a citizen of France second, and only by accident.
In the state of nature...all men are born equal, but they cannot continue in this equality. Society makes them lose it, and they recover it only by the protection of the law.
Law should be like death, which spares no one.
The severity of the laws prevents their execution.
The spirit of moderation should also be the spirit of the lawgiver.
Talent is a gift which God has given us secretly, and which we reveal without perceiving it
No kingdom has shed more blood than the kingdom of Christ.