A collection of quotes and sayings by Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de La Brède et de Montesquieu on books, works, powers, separation, spirit, laws, achievement, citations, facts, thought, justice and law
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.
There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of the law and in the name of justice.
Useless laws weaken the necessary laws.
If one only wished to be happy, this could be easily accomplished; but we wish to be happier than other people, and this is always difficult, for we believe others to be happier than they are.
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.
I have always observed that to succeed in the world one should appear like a fool but be wise.