Charles de Montesquieu
The severity of the laws prevents their execution.
Laws undertake to punish only overt acts.
Men should be bewailed at their birth, and not at their death.
An author is a fool who, not content with boring those he lives with, insists on boring future generations.
There should be weeping at a man’s birth, not at his death.
Author: A fool who, not content with having bored those who have lived with him, insists on tormenting generations to come.
Peace is a natural effect of trade.
Success in the majority of circumstances depends on knowing how long it takes to succeed.
If triangles had a god, they would give him three sides.
What orators lack in depth they make up for in length.
Talent is a gift which God has given us secretly, and which we reveal without perceiving it.
There is no nation so powerful, as the one that obeys its laws not from principals of fear or reason, but from passion.
If the triangles made a god, they would give him three sides.
In the infancy of societies, the chiefs of state shape its institutions; later the institutions shape the chiefs of state.
In most things success depends on knowing how long it takes to succeed.