Charles de Montesquieu Quotes

18 Charles de Montesquieu quotes:

"The less men think, the more they talk."
"Countries are well cultivated, not as they are fertile, but as they are free."
"I have always observed that to succeed in the world one should seem a fool, but be wise."
"In the infancy of societies, the chiefs of state shape its institutions; later the institutions shape the chiefs of state."
"Laws undertake to punish only overt acts."
"The reason the Romans built their great paved highways was because they had such inconvenient footwear."
"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."
"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."
"Peace is a natural effect of trade."
"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."
"Talent is a gift which God has given us secretly, and which we reveal without perceiving it."
"We wish to be happier than other people; and this is difficult, for we believe others to be happier than they are."
"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."
"Useless laws weaken the necessary laws."
"Success in the majority of circumstances depends on knowing how long it takes to succeed."
"Liberty is the right to do what the law permits."
"What orators lack in depth, they make up to you in length."

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