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“There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of the law and in the name of justice.”
Montesquieu, The Spirit of the Laws
“Useless laws weaken the necessary laws.”
Montesquieu, The Spirit of the Laws
“...when the laws have ceased to be executed, as this can only come from the corruption of the republic, the state is already lost.”
Montesquieu, The Spirit of the Laws
“Democratic and aristocratic states are not in their own nature free. Political liberty is to be found only in moderate governments; and even in these it is not always found. It is there only when there is no abuse of power. But constant experience shows us that every man invested with power is apt to abuse it, and to carry his authority as far as it will go.”
Montesquieu, The Spirit of the Laws
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“La liberté est le droit de faire ce que les lois permettent.”
Montesquieu, The Spirit of the Laws
“It is not the young people that degenerate; they are not spoiled till those of maturer age are already sunk into corruption.”
Montesquieu, The Spirit of the Laws
“The political liberty, of the subject, (separation of powers), is a tranquility of mind arising from the opinion each person has of [their] safety. In order to have this liberty. It is requisite the government be so constituted as one [person] need not to be afraid of another."

Baron de Montesquieu,
Spirit of laws
1748”
Montesquieu, The Spirit of Laws
“[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.”
Montesquieu, The Spirit of the Laws
“a conqueror, I say, can change the course of everything, and muffled tyranny is the first thing which is liable to violence.”
Montesquieu, Montesquieu: The Spirit of the Laws
“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.”
Montesquieu, The Spirit of the Laws
“[92] Plato, in his fourth book of Laws, says that the præfectures of music and gymnic exercises are the most important employments in the city; and, in his Republic, iii, Damon will tell you, says he, what sounds are capable of corrupting the mind with base sentiments, or of inspiring the contrary virtues.”
Montesquieu, The Spirit of the Laws
“Nature repairs everything.”
Montesquieu, The Spirit of the Laws