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Charles de Secondat

French,  Philosopher
Total Quotes : 26
Reason Religious Which

Religious wars are not caused by the fact that there is more than one religion, but by the spirit of intolerance... the spread of which can only be regarded as the total eclipse of human reason.

- Charles de Secondat

Think Reveal Which

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

- Charles de Secondat

Know Study Deal

You have to study a great deal to know a little.

- Charles de Secondat

Abuse Constant Apt

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.

- Charles de Secondat

Happy People Tiresome

Happy the people whose annals are tiresome.

- Charles de Secondat

World Always Appear

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

- Charles de Secondat

Wanting Go Read

I have read descriptions of Paradise that would make any sensible person stop wanting to go there.

- Charles de Secondat

Death His Should

A man should be mourned at his birth, not at his death.

- Charles de Secondat

Quantity Motion Increased

In bodies moved, the motion is received, increased, diminished, or lost, according to the relations of the quantity of matter and velocity; each diversity is uniformity, each change is constancy.

- Charles de Secondat

Loved Misfortune Longer

Not to be loved is a misfortune, but it is an insult to be loved no longer.

- Charles de Secondat

End Luxury Through

Republics end through luxury; monarchies through poverty.

- Charles de Secondat

Liberty Doing Laws

Liberty is the right of doing whatever the laws permit.

- Charles de Secondat

Given May Longer

Life was given to me as a favor, so I may abandon it when it is one no longer.

- Charles de Secondat

Which Been Cases

There are only two cases in which war is just: first, in order to resist the aggression of an enemy, and second, in order to help an ally who has been attacked.

- Charles de Secondat

Over Give We Cannot

There is only one thing that can form a bond between men, and that is gratitude... we cannot give someone else greater power over us than we have ourselves.

- Charles de Secondat

Men Very Mass

Men, who are rogues individually, are in the mass very honorable people.

- Charles de Secondat

Competing Here Same Time

People here argue about religion interminably, but it appears that they are competing at the same time to see who can be the least devout.

- Charles de Secondat

Government Species

There are three species of government: republican, monarchical, and despotic.

- Charles de Secondat

Nature Bad Own

The state of slavery is in its own nature bad.

- Charles de Secondat

Government Always Begins

The deterioration of a government begins almost always by the decay of its principles.

- Charles de Secondat