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Montesquieu Quotes

Talent is a gift which God has given us secretly, and which we reveal without perceiving it.
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I have never known any distress that an hour's reading did not relieve.

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

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I can assure you that no kingdom has ever had as many civil wars as the kingdom of Christ.

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Do you think that God will punish them for not practicing a religion which he did not reveal to them?

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Very good laws may be ill timed.

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We receive three educations, one from our parents, one from our school masters, and one from the world. The third contradicts all that the first two teach us.

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If triangles made a god, they would give him three sides.

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The success of most things depends upon knowing how long it will take to succeed.

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History is full of religious wars; but, we must take care to observe, it was not the multiplicity of religions that produced these wars, it was the intolerating spirit which animated that one which thought she had the power of governing.

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With truths of a certain kind, it is not enough to make them appear convincing: one must also make them felt. Of such kind are moral truths.

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Mediocrity is a hand-rail.

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Nothing is a greater obstacle to our progress in knowledge, than a bad performance of a celebrated author; because, before we instruct we must begin with undeceiving.

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When the savages of Louisiana are desirous of fruit, they cut the tree to the root and gather the fruit. This is an emblem of despotic government.

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[245] "In large and populous cities," says the author of the Fable of the Bees, i, p. 133, "they wear clothes above their rank, and, consequently, have the pleasure of being esteemed by a vast majority, not as what they are, but what they appear to be.

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A conqueror, I say, can change the course of everything, and muffled tyranny is the first thing which is liable to violence.

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