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Men, who are rogues individually, are in the mass very honorable people. ...
by Charles de Secondat

Men, who are rogues individually, are in the mass very honorable people.
- Charles de Secondat

Power ought to serve as a check to power.
- Charles de Secondat

There are three species of government:
republican,
monarchical, and despotic.
- Charles de Secondat

When the body of the people is possessed of the supreme power,
it is called a democracy.
- Charles de Secondat

 

Society is the union of men and not the men themselves.
- Charles de Secondat

Although born in a prosperous realm,
we did not believe that its boundaries should limit our knowledge,
and that the lore of the East should alone enlighten us.
- Charles de Secondat

Happy the people whose annals are tiresome.
- Charles de Secondat

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The object of war is victory; that of victory is conquest;
and that of conquest preservation.
- Charles de Secondat

Republics end through luxury; monarchies through poverty.
- Charles de Secondat

Raillery is a mode of speaking in favor of one's wit
at the expense of one's better nature.
- Charles de Secondat

Man, as a physical being, is like other bodies governed by invariable laws.
- Charles de Secondat

Weak minds exaggerate too much the wrong done to the Africans.
- Charles de Secondat

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

Not to be loved is a misfortune, but it is an insult to be loved no longer.
- Charles de Secondat

Slavery, properly so called, is the establishment of
a right which gives to one man such a power over another
as renders him absolute master of his life and fortune.
- Charles de Secondat

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

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

Each particular society begins to feel its strength,
whence arises a state of war between different nations.
- Charles de Secondat

The state of slavery is in its own nature bad.
- Charles de Secondat

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

Liberty is the right of doing whatever the laws permit.
- Charles de Secondat

There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated
under the shield of the law and in the name of justice.
- Charles de Secondat

As soon as man enters into a state of society he loses
the sense of his weakness;
equality ceases,
and then commences the state of war.
- Charles de Secondat

You have to study a great deal to know a little.
- Charles de Secondat

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

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

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

The deterioration of a government begins almost always
by the decay of its principles.
- Charles de Secondat

A man should be mourned at his birth,
not at his death.
- Charles de Secondat

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

If I knew of something that could serve my nation but would ruin another,
I would not propose it to my prince,
for I am first a man and only then a Frenchman...
because I am necessarily a man, and only accidentally am I French.
- Charles de Secondat

Law in general is human reason, inasmuch as it governs
all the inhabitants of the earth:
the political and civil laws of each nation ought to
be only the particular cases in which human reason is applied.
- Charles de Secondat

The law of nations is naturally founded on this principle,
that different nations ought in time of peace to do
one another all the good they can,
and in time of war as little injury as possible,
without prejudicing their real interests.
- Charles de Secondat

When the legislative and executive powers are united in the same person,
or in the same body of magistrates, there can be no liberty;
because apprehensions may arise,
lest the same monarch or senate should enact tyrannical laws,
to execute them in a tyrannical manner.
- Charles de Secondat

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

Thus the creation, which seems an arbitrary act,
supposes laws as invariable as those of the fatality of the Atheists.
It would be absurd to say that the Creator might govern
the world without those rules,
since without them it could not subsist.
- Charles de Secondat

They who assert that a blind fatality produced the
various effects we behold in this world talk very absurdly;
for can anything be more unreasonable than to pretend
that a blind fatality could be productive of intelligent beings?
- Charles de Secondat

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

The only thing necessary for evil to triumph
is for enough good men to do nothing.
- Edmund Burke

When It's Darkest, Men See the Stars.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

Nearly all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl

Most men lead lives of quiet desperation
and go to the grave with the song still in them.
- Henry David Thoreau

If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right.
Men will believe what they see.
- Henry David Thoreau

Do not pray for easy lives.
Pray to be stronger men.
- John F. Kennedy

Trust men and they will be true to you;
treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Men are disturbed not by things,
but by the view which they take of them.
- Epictetus

The heresy of one age becomes the orthodoxy of the next.
Mere tolerance has given place to a sentiment of brotherhood
between sincere men of all denominations.
- Helen Keller

To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.
- Abraham Lincoln

Habits age men before their time.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The reason why men do not obey us,
is because they see the mud at the bottom of our eye.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I do not believe in a fate that
falls on men however they act;
but I do believe in a fate
that falls on them unless they act.
- The Buddha

Men occasionally stumble over the truth,
but most of them pick themselves up
and hurry off as if nothing had happened.
- Winston Churchill

Men are not prisoners of fate,
but only prisoners of their own minds.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Wise men put their trust in ideas
and not in circumstances
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Men of lofty genius,
when they are doing the least work,
are most active.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Truth is the property of no individual
but is the treasure of all men.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

How could man rejoice in victory
and delight in the slaughter of men?
- Lao Tzu

Behind an able man there are always other able men.
- Chinese proverb

Women must try to do things as men have tried.
When they fail their failure must be
but a challenge to others.
- Amelia Earhart

In the long run, men hit only what they aim at.
Therefore, they had better aim at something high.
- Henry David Thoreau

Shallow men believe in luck.
Strong men believe in cause and effect.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is a good ear, in some men,
that draws supplies to virtue
out of very indifferent nutriment.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Man becomes great exactly in the degree
in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Achievement seems to be connected with action.
Successful men and women keep moving.
They make mistakes, but they don't quit.
- Conrad Hilton

When men are easy in their circumstances,
they are naturally enemies to innovations.
- Joseph Addison

More men fail through lack of purpose than lack of talent.
- Billy Sunday

The majority of men meet with failure
because of their lack of persistence
in creating new plans to take
the place of those which fail.
- Napoleon Hill

Men and women are not prisoners of fate,
but only prisoners of their own minds.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt


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