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Charles De Montesquieu quotes

Charles De Montesquieu
In the state of nature...all men are born equal, but they cannot continue in this equality. Society makes them lose it, and they recover it only by the protection of the law.

Charles De Montesquieu
The love of democracy is that of equality.

Charles De Montesquieu
To become truly great, one has to stand with people, not above them.

Charles De Montesquieu
False happiness renders men stern and proud, and that happiness is never communicated. True happiness renders them kind and sensible, and that happiness is always shared.

Charles De Montesquieu
In the infancy of societies, the chiefs of the state shape its institutions later the institutions shape the chiefs of state.

Charles De Montesquieu
If I knew something that would serve my country but would harm mankind, I would never reveal it for I am a citizen of humanity first and by necessity, and a citizen of France second, and only by accident

Charles De Montesquieu
An author is a fool who, not content with boring those he lives with, insists on boring future generations.

Charles De Montesquieu
A nation may lose its liberties in a day and not miss them in a century.

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