Charles de Montesquieu Quotes

To become truly great, one has to stand with people, not above them.

Charles 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.

Charles de Montesquieu

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

Charles de Montesquieu

Luxury ruins republics; poverty, monarchies.

Charles De Montesquieu

No kingdom has shed more blood than the kingdom of Christ.

Charles de Montesquieu

There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.

Charles de Montesquieu

Peace is a natural effect of trade.

Charles de Montesquieu

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.

Charles de Montesquieu

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.

Charles de Montesquieu

Law should be like death, which spares no one.

Charles de Montesquieu

The severity of the laws prevents their execution.

Charles de Montesquieu

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

Charles de Montesquieu

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

Charles de Montesquieu

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