Charles de Secondat Quotes

25 Charles de Secondat quotes:

"Power ought to serve as a check to power."
"Society is the union of men and not the men themselves."
"Men, who are rogues individually, are in the mass very honorable people."
"They who assert that a blind fatality produced the various effects we behold in this world talk very absurdly; for can anything be more unreasonable than to pretend that a blind fatality could be productive of intelligent beings?"
"Although born in a prosperous realm, we did not believe that its boundaries should limit our knowledge, and that the lore of the East should alone enlighten us."
"But constant experience shows us that every man invested with power is apt to abuse it, and to carry his authority as far as it will go."
"God is related to the universe, as Creator and Preserver; the laws by which He created all things are those by which He preserves them."
"Happy the people whose annals are tiresome."
"I have read descriptions of Paradise that would make any sensible person stop wanting to go there."
"If I knew of something that could serve my nation but would ruin another, I would not propose it to my prince, for I am first a man and only then a Frenchman... because I am necessarily a man, and only accidentally am I French."
"In bodies moved, the motion is received, increased, diminished, or lost, according to the relations of the quantity of matter and velocity; each diversity is uniformity, each change is constancy."
"Liberty is the right of doing whatever the laws permit."
"Life was given to me as a favor, so I may abandon it when it is one no longer."
"Man, as a physical being, is like other bodies governed by invariable laws."
"Not to be loved is a misfortune, but it is an insult to be loved no longer."
"Raillery is a mode of speaking in favor of one's wit at the expense of one's better nature."
"Republics end through luxury; monarchies through poverty."
"The deterioration of a government begins almost always by the decay of its principles."
"The success of most things depends upon knowing how long it will take to succeed."
"There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of the law and in the name of justice."

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