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

  • Each particular society begins to feel its strength, whence arises a state of war between different nations.
    (Charles de Secondat)

  • There are three species of government: republican, monarchical, and despotic.
    (Charles de Secondat)

  • There is only one thing that can form a bond between men, and that is gratitude... we cannot give someone else greater power over us than we have ourselves.
    (Charles de Secondat)


  • The success of most things depends upon knowing how long it will take to succeed.
    (Charles de Secondat)

  • Man, as a physical being, is like other bodies governed by invariable laws.
    (Charles de Secondat)

  • Happy the people whose annals are tiresome.
    (Charles de Secondat)

  • The object of war is victory; that of victory is conquest; and that of conquest preservation.
    (Charles de Secondat)

  • I would as soon say that religion gives its professors a right to enslave those who dissent from it, in order to render its propagation more easy.
    (Charles de Secondat)

  • Republics end through luxury; monarchies through poverty.
    (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)

  • Although born in a prosperous realm, we did not believe that its boundaries should limit our knowledge, and that the lore of the East should alone enlighten us.
    (Charles de Secondat)

  • You have to study a great deal to know a little.
    (Charles de Secondat)

  • The deterioration of a government begins almost always by the decay of its principles.
    (Charles de Secondat)


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