30 Famous Baron De Montesqueu Quotes

30 Famous Baron De Montesqueu Quotes

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Baron De Montesquieu was a French lawyer and political philosopher of the 1700′s. He was one of the first to found the idea of separation of power in government. He also wrote many novels and political publications in his life time. He died from a high fever in 1755 at age 66.

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

“An empire founded by war has to maintain itself by war.”

“Countries are well cultivated, not as they are fertile, but as they are free.”

“Each citizen contributes to the revenues of the State a portion of his property in order that his tenure of the rest may be secure.”

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

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

“If one only wished to be happy, this could be easily accomplished; but we wish to be happier that other people, and this is always difficult, for we believe others to be happier than they are.”

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

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

“Liberty is the right to do what the law permits.”

“Lunch kills half of Paris, supper the other half.”

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

“Political liberty is to be found only in moderate governments.”

“Solemnity is the shield of idiots.”

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

“The culminating point of administration is to know well how much power, great or small, we ought to use in all circumstances.”

“The deterioration of every government begins with the decay of the principles on which it was founded.”

“The honor of the conquest is rated by the difficulty.”

“The less men think, the more they talk.”

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

“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.”

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

“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 something in animals beside the power of motion. They are not machines; they feel.”

“This is how I define talent; it is a gift that God has given us in secret, which we reveal without knowing it.”

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

“Trade is the best cure for prejudice.”

“Useless laws weaken the necessary laws.”

“We should weep for men at their birth, not at their death.”

“What orators lack in depth they make up for in length.”