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Quotations From CHARLES LOUIS DE SECONDAT MONTESQUIEU

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    We must have constantly present in our minds the difference between independence and liberty. Liberty is a right of doing whatever the laws permit, and if a citizen could do what they forbid he would no longer be possessed of liberty.
    Charles Louis de Secondat Montesquieu (1689-1755), French philosopher, lawyer. The Spirit of Laws, bk. 11, pt. 3 (1748).
  • 2.
    If triangles had a god, they would give him three sides.
    Charles Louis de Secondat Montesquieu (1689-1755), French philosopher, lawyer. Persian Letters, no. 59 (1721), trans. by C.J. Betts (1973).

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    There should be weeping at a man's birth, not at his death.
    Charles Louis de Secondat Montesquieu (1689-1755), French philosopher, lawyer. Persian Letters, no. 40 (1721), trans. by C.J. Betts (1973).

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