In the infancy of societies, the chiefs of state shape its institutions; later the institutions shape the chiefs of state.
Quote by Charles De Montesquieu
Charles De Montesquieu Quotes
Talent is a gift which God has given us secretly, and which we reveal without...
Useless laws weaken the necessary laws.
If I knew something that would serve my country but would harm mankind, I would...
There is no nation so powerful, as the one that obeys its laws not from...
Happiness is right around the corner. One day you will find someone who will treat...
Laws undertake to punish only overt acts.
The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public...
Success in the majority of circumstances depends on knowing how long it takes to succeed.
Books, like friends, should be few and well chosen.
False happiness renders men stern and proud, and that happiness is never communicated. True happiness...
Lunch kills half of Paris, supper the other half.
Friendship is an arrangement by which we undertake to exchange small favors for big ones.
To love to read is to exchange hours of ennui for hours of delight.
Men should be bewailed at their birth, and not at their death.
Laws undertake to punish only overt acts
An author is a fool who, not content with boring those he lives with, insists...
Liberty is the right to do what the law permits.
The severity of the laws prevents their execution.
Countries are well cultivated, not as they are fertile, but as they are free.
There is no one, says another, whom fortune does not visit once in his life;...