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
Useless laws weaken necessary laws
It is not the young people that degenerate; they are not spoiled till those of...
The reason the Romans built their great paved highways was because they had such inconvenient...
Lunch kills half of Paris, supper the other half.
False happiness renders men stern and proud, and that happiness is never communicated. True happiness...
Laws undertake to punish only overt acts
No kingdom has shed more blood than the kingdom of Christ.
An empire founded by war has to maintain itself by war.
An author is a fool who, not content with having bored those who have lived...
In most things success depends on knowing how long it takes to succeed.
Men should be bewailed at their birth, and not at their death.
I have never known any distress that an hour's reading did not relieve.
The sublimity of administration consists in knowing the proper degree of power that should be...
The spirit of moderation should also be the spirit of the lawgiver.
There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law...
Luxury ruins republics; poverty, monarchies.
If we only wanted to be happy, it would be easy; but we want to...
Laws undertake to punish only overt acts.
The less men think, the more they talk.
It is always the adventurers who do great things, not the sovereigns of great empires.