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Charles de Secondat Quotes and Sayings

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

Related topics: Power

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Republics end through luxury; monarchies through poverty.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You don't have the power to make life "fair,"
but you do have the power to make life joyful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Use the power of your word
in the direction of truth and love.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Know the power and the peace of saying,
"I love you just the way you are."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The power of imagination makes us infinite.
- John Muir

Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.
- Raymond Lindquist

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

The greatest power is often simple patience.
- E. Joseph Cossman

Who hears me, who understands me, becomes mine,
a possession for all time.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A common denominator of all religions is that
they have the power to bring out the best and the worst in people.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Know the power of choice.
Fly life on free wings,
and sing to its glory.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What power there is in our service when our actions
line up with our mission, skills and joy.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

This moment! - this here-now - is forgotten
when you start thinking in terms of achieving something.
When the achieving mind arises,
you lose contact with the paradise you are in.
- Osho

The false can never grow into truth by growing in power.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Know the power of saying, "Thank you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive.
He who is devoid of the power to forgive
is devoid of the power to love.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Your word is the power that you have to create
- don Miguel Ruiz

Know that unconditional forgiveness
holds immense power to relieve your suffering.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is only one time that is important - NOW!
It is the most important time because
it is the only time that we have any power.
- Leo Tolstoy

Fill your heart with the creative power
to accept the past,
decorate the present
and transform the future.
- Osho

A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved.
He inspires the power and energy to get it done.
- Ralph Nader

Only those who have learned the power
of sincere and selfless contribution
experience life's deepest joy: true fulfillment.
- Tony Robbins

Know the power of perspective.
Be a passionate observer of life.
See the events, feel the emotions,
and recognize the difference.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Never allow a person to tell you NO
who doesn't have the power to say YES.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

You are never given a wish without also
being given the power to make it true.
You may have to work for it, however.
- Richard Bach

Genius is the power to labor better and more availably.
Deserve thy genius: exalt it.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, Begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it, Begin it now.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Know that you hold the power to
bring peace into moments of chaos.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Science gives man knowledge, which is power;
religion gives man wisdom, which is control.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying
about things which are beyond the power of our will.
- Epictetus

Mastering others is strength.
Mastering yourself is true power.
- Lao Tzu

Giving is the highest expression of our power.
- Vivian Greene

Know the power of kindness.
Whatever you do, do with kindness.
Whatever you say, say with kindness.
Wherever you go,
radiate your kindness to all.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The most common way people give up their power
is by thinking they don't have any.
- Alice Walker


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