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Charles De Secondat

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I've never known any trouble that an hour's reading didn't assuage.

Charles De Secondat

A man should be mourned at his birth, not at his death.

Charles de Secondat

Slavery, properly so called, is the establishment of a right which gives to one man such a power over another as renders him absolute master of his life and fortune.

Charles de Secondat

Men, who are rogues individually, are in the mass very honorable people.

Charles de Secondat

The deterioration of a government begins almost always by the decay of its principles.

Charles de Secondat

The state of slavery is in its own nature bad.

Charles de Secondat

You have to study a great deal to know a little.

Charles de Secondat

There are three species of government: republican, monarchical, and despotic.

Charles de Secondat

Republics end through luxury; monarchies through poverty.

Charles de Secondat

The success of most things depends upon knowing how long it will take to succeed.

Charles de Secondat

Society is the union of men and not the men themselves.

Charles de Secondat

Thus the creation, which seems an arbitrary act, supposes laws as invariable as those of the fatality of the Atheists. It would be absurd to say that the Creator might govern the world without those rules, since without them it could not subsist.

Charles de Secondat

As soon as man enters into a state of society he loses the sense of his weakness; equality ceases, and then commences the state of war.

Charles de Secondat

Liberty is the right of doing whatever the laws permit.

Charles de Secondat

Do you think that God will punish them for not practicing a religion which he did not reveal to them?

Charles de Secondat

Power ought to serve as a check to power.

Charles de Secondat

When the body of the people is possessed of the supreme power, it is called a democracy.

Charles de Secondat

Life was given to me as a favor, so I may abandon it when it is one no longer.

Charles de Secondat

Happy the people whose annals are tiresome.

Charles de Secondat

I have read descriptions of Paradise that would make any sensible person stop wanting to go there.

Charles de Secondat

The law of nations is naturally founded on this principle, that different nations ought in time of peace to do one another all the good they can, and in time of war as little injury as possible, without prejudicing their real interests.

Charles de Secondat

Raillery is a mode of speaking in favor of one's wit at the expense of one's better nature.

Charles de Secondat

God is related to the universe, as Creator and Preserver; the laws by which He created all things are those by which He preserves them.

Charles de Secondat

Not to be loved is a misfortune, but it is an insult to be loved no longer.

Charles de Secondat

There are only two cases in which war is just: first, in order to resist the aggression of an enemy, and second, in order to help an ally who has been attacked.

Charles de Secondat
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