Montesquieu: 10 quotes by the French Philosopher

Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de La Brède et de Montesquieu, generally referred to as simply Montesquieu, was a French judge, man of letters, and political philosopher. He died on 10th February 1755. As the principal source of the theory of separation of powers,  which many constitutions across the world have implemented, he was also an author.

Here are some of the powerful quotes from the French Philosopher on his 266th Death Anniversary:

1. To become truly great, one has to stand with people, not above them.

2. In the infancy of societies, the chiefs of state shape its institutions; later the institutions shape the chiefs of state.

3. I have always observed that to succeed in the world one should appear like a fool but be wise.

4. We should weep for men at their birth, not at their death.

Montesquieu Quotes

5. Power ought to serve as a check to power.

6. There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of the law and in the name of justice.

7. Useless laws weaken the necessary laws.

8. What orators lack in depth they make up for in length.

9. Peace is a natural effect of trade.

10. Liberty is the right of doing whatever the laws permit.

Montesquieu Quotes

Some of the famous books by Montesquieu –

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