Montesquieu Quotes

Most popular Montesquieu Quotes

Useless laws weaken the necessary laws.
— Montesquieu

regulations law

Passions make us feel, but never see clearly.
— Montesquieu
Liberty is the right to do what the laws permit.
— Montesquieu
What oratory lacks in depth it makes up in length.
— Montesquieu

oratory

Man is a social animal formed to please in society.
— Montesquieu

society mankind

Society is the union of men and not the men themselves.
— Montesquieu

society

What orators lack in profundity, they will give you in length.

oratory

If the triangles were to make a God, they would give him three sides.

God

A nation may lose its liberties in a day and not miss them in a century.
— Montesquieu

freedom

The success of most things depends upon knowing how long it will take to succeed.
— Montesquieu
In constitutional states, liberty is compensation for heavy taxes; in dictatorships, the substitute is light taxes.
— Montesquieu

government taxes

Study has been my sovereign remedy against the worries of life.  I have never had a care that an hour's reading could not dispel.

reading

The sacred books of the ancient Persians say: If you would be holy, instruct your children, because all the good acts they perform will be imputed to you.
— Montesquieu
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.
— Montesquieu

fortune