Aphorisms by author: Charles de Montesquieu
I have heard Cardinal Imperiali say: "There is no man whom fortune does not visit once in his life; but when she does not find him ready to receive her, she walks in at the door, and flies out at the window."
By theme : Thought Wisdom
A nation may lose its liberties in a day and not miss them in a century.
By theme : History
The success of most things depends upon knowing how long it will take to succeed.
By theme : Knowledge Success
Luxury ruins republics; poverty, monarchies.
By theme : Democracy State Wealth
There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.
By theme : Morality Politics Society
If triangles invented a god, they would make him three-sided.
By theme : Religion
We receive three educations, one from our parents, one from our schoolmasters, and one from the world. The third contradicts all that the first two teach us.
By theme : Education
The less men think the more they talk.
By theme : Behavior Psychology Thought
The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy.
By theme : Democracy Politics State
The state is the association of men, and not men themselves; the citizen may perish, and the man remain.
By theme : State
Liberty is the right to do what the law permits.
By theme : Liberty