Montesquieu was an eminent French literary scholar, political philosopher and lawyer who lived during the Enlightenment Era. He is renowned for articulating the theory of separation of powers. The same has been included in many constitutions across the globe. He is also accredited for securing the word ‘despotism’ in the political concordance. Some of his popular works include, ‘Lettres Persanes,’ ‘Mes Pensees,’ and ‘Memoirs and discourses at the Academy of Bordeaux’ amongst various others. We have rounded some enlightening and motivating quotes and sayings by Montesquieu, which have been excerpted from his writings, thoughts, works, letters and life. Following is a collection of notable quotes and thoughts by Charles De Montesquieu on wisdom, poverty, democracy, apathy, dangerous, liberty, rights, death, love, happiness, success etc.
What unhappy beings men are! They constantly waver between false hopes and silly fears, and instead of relying on reason they create monsters to frighten themselves with, and phantoms which lead them astray.
Every man is capable of doing good to another, but to contribute to the happiness of an entire society is to become akin to the gods