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Charles de Montesquieu (1689 – 1755)


Also known as Charles de Montesquieu, was a French political thinker who lived during the Enlightenment and is famous for his articulation of the theory of separation of powers.
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I have read descriptions of Paradise that would make any sensible person stop wanting to go there.
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Politics are a smooth file, which cuts gradually, and attains its end by slow progression.
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Fain would I glide down a gentle river, but I am carried away by a torrent.




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In France there are three kinds of professions: the church, the sword, and the long robe. Each hath a sovereign contempt for the other two. For example, a man who ought to be despised only for being a fool is often so because he is a lawyer.
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Liberty itself has appeared intolerable to those nations who have not been accustomed to enjoy it.
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Oh, how empty is praise when it reflects back to its origin!
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There are only two cases in which war is just: first, in order to resist the aggression of an enemy, and second, in order to help an ally who has been attacked.
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Mankind by their industry, and by the influence of good laws, have rendered the earth more proper for their abode.
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J'ai toujours vu que, pour réussir dans le monde, il fallait avoir l'air fou et ?tre sage.
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People here argue about religion interminably, but it appears that they are competing at the same time to see who can be the least devout.
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The prejudices of superstition are superior to all others, and have the strongest influence on the human mind.




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La raillerie est un discours en faveur de son esprit contre son bon naturel.
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[The Pope] will make the king believe that three are only one, that the bread he eats is not bread...and a thousand other things of the same kind.
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La Société est l'union des hommes, et non pas les hommes.
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Christianity stamped its character on jurisprudence; for empire has ever a connection with the priesthood.
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I can assure you that no kingdom has ever had as many civil wars as the kingdom of Christ.
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Life was given to me as a favor, so I may abandon it when it is one no longer.
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Not to be loved is a misfortune, but it is an insult to be loved no longer.
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I shall ever repeat it, that mankind are governed not by extremes, but by principals of moderation.
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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.


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