41 quotes found by Charles de Montesquieu

Charles de Montesquieu
There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.
justice  Tyranny  law  # 283076
Charles de Montesquieu
To become truly great, one has to stand with people, not above them.
Great  stand  Truly  # 283077
Charles de Montesquieu
The less men think, the more they talk.
men  Talk  Less  # 283078
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.
Prince  Public  democracy  # 283079
Charles de Montesquieu
There is no nation so powerful, as the one that obeys its laws not from principals of fear or reason, but from passion.
fear  reason  Powerful  # 283080
Charles de Montesquieu
Useless laws weaken the necessary laws.
Necessary  Laws  Useless  # 283081
Charles de Montesquieu
We should weep for men at their birth, not at their death.
men  death  birth  # 283082
Charles de Montesquieu
An empire founded by war has to maintain itself by war.
war  Itself  Maintain  # 283083
Charles 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.
Whatever  Difference  liberty  # 283084
Charles de Montesquieu
Liberty is the right to do what the law permits.
law  liberty  Permits  # 283085
Charles de Montesquieu
Countries are well cultivated, not as they are fertile, but as they are free.
Free  Countries  Cultivated  # 283086
Charles de Montesquieu
False happiness renders men stern and proud, and that happiness is never communicated. True happiness renders them kind and sensible, and that happiness is always shared.
happiness  men  true  # 283087
Charles de Montesquieu
I have always observed that to succeed in the world one should seem a fool, but be wise.
wise  fool  Seem  # 283088
Charles de Montesquieu
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.
happy  Since  Almost  # 283089
Charles de Montesquieu
Author: A fool who, not content with having bored those who have lived with him, insists on tormenting generations to come.
fool  Lived  Bored  # 283090
Charles de Montesquieu
A nation may lose its liberties in a day and not miss them in a century.
Nation  Lose  Miss  # 283091