Charles Louis de Secondat

[Baron de La Brède et de Montesquieu]

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Charles-Louis de Secondat, baron de La Brède et de Montesquieu (18 January 1689 – 10 February 1755), generally referred to as simply Montesquieu, was a French social commentator and political thinker who lived during the Enlightenment. He is famous for his articulation of the theory of separation of powers, which is taken for granted in modern discussions of government and implemented in many ... more »

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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).
  • ''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).
  • 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 ...
    Charles Louis de Secondat Montesquieu (1689-1755), French philosopher, lawyer. The Spirit of Laws, bk. 11, pt. 3 (1748).
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