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“It is difficult for the united states to be all of equal power and extent.”

 

Baron de Montesquieu

“When God endowed human beings with brains, He did not intend to guarantee them.”

 

Baron de Montesquieu

“Honor sets all the parts of the body politic in motion, and by its very action connects them; thus each individual advances the public good, while he only thinks of promoting his own interest.”

 

Baron de Montesquieu

“If triangles had a god, he would have three sides.”

 

Baron de Montesquieu

“Human laws made to direct the will ought to give precepts, and not counsels.”

 

Baron de Montesquieu

“Slowness is frequently the cause of much greater slowness.”

 

Baron de Montesquieu

“I shall ever repeat it, that mankind are governed not by extremes, but by principals of moderation.”

 

Baron de Montesquieu

“In every government there are three sorts of power: the legislative; the executive in respect to things dependent on the law of nations; and the executive in regard to matters that depend on the civil law.”

 

Baron de Montesquieu

“In constitutional states, liberty is compensation for heavy taxes; in dictatorships, the subsititue is light taxes.”

 

Baron de Montesquieu

“Republics come to an end by luxurious habits; monarchies by poverty.”

 

Baron de Montesquieu

“Thus the creation, which seems an arbitrary act, supposes laws as invariable as those of the fatality of the Atheists. It would be absurd to say that the Creator might govern the world without those rules, since without them it could not subsist.”

 

Baron de Montesquieu

“We must have constantly present in our minds the difference between independence and liberty. Liberty is a right of doing whatever the laws permit, and if a citizen could do what they forbid he would no longer be possessed of liberty.”

 

Baron de Montesquieu

“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.”

 

Baron de Montesquieu

“Very good laws may be ill timed.”

 

Baron de Montesquieu

“The laws do not take upon them to punish any other than overt acts.”

 

Baron de Montesquieu

“Man, as a physical being, is like other bodies governed by invariable laws.”

 

Baron de Montesquieu

“A fondness for reading changes the inevitable dull hours of our life into exquisite hours of delight.”

 

Baron de Montesquieu

“Those who have few affairs to attend to are great speakers. The less men think, the more they talk.”

 

Baron de Montesquieu

“Society is the union of men and not the men themselves.”

 

Baron de Montesquieu

“Certain kinds of foolishness are such that a greater foolishness would be better.”

 

Baron de Montesquieu