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
Countries are well cultivated, not as they are fertile, but as they are free.
Luxury ruins republics; poverty, monarchies.
To become truly great, one has to stand with people, not above them.
Books, like friends, should be few and well chosen.
Talent is a gift which God has given us secretly, and which we reveal without...
No kingdom has shed more blood than the kingdom of Christ.
It is not the young people that degenerate; they are not spoiled till those of...
A nation may lose its liberties in a day and not miss them in a...
The best example of democracy I can recall is five wolves sitting down to dinner...
The sublimity of administration consists in knowing the proper degree of power that should be...
Liberty is the right to do what the law permits
There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law...
Men should be bewailed at their birth, and not at their death.
What orators lack in depth they make up for in length.
To love to read is to exchange hours of ennui for hours of delight.
If I knew something that would serve my country but would harm mankind, I would...
An author is a fool who, not content with boring those he lives with, insists...
The reason the Romans built their great paved highways was because they had such inconvenient...
It is always the adventurers who do great things, not the sovereigns of great empires.
Success in the majority of circumstances depends on knowing how long it takes to succeed.