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Charles de Montesquieu

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Biography - Charles de Montesquieu:

French man of letters and political philosopher.
Born: 1689 - Died: 1755
Period:
18th century
17th century
Place of birth: France
France

There is no nation so powerful, as the one that obeys its laws not from principals of fear or reason, but from passion.




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Article IV – Liberty consists of doing anything which does not harm others: thus, the exercise of the natural rights of each man has only those borders which assure other members of the society the enjoyment of these same rights. These borders can be determined only by the law.
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There are two ways of contesting, the one by the law, the other by force; the first method is proper to men, the second to beasts.
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Act only according to that maxim whereby you can, at the same time, will that it should become a universal law.
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People must help one another it is nature's law.
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Article V – The law has the right to forbid only actions harmful to society. Anything which is not forbidden by the law cannot be impeded, and no one can be constrained to do what it does not order.
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Article VI – The law is the expression of the general will. All the citizens have the right of contributing personally or through their representatives to its formation. It must be the same for all, either that it protects, or that it punishes. All the citizens, being equal in its eyes, are equally admissible to all public dignities, places and employments, according to their capacity and without distinction other than that of their virtues and of their talents.
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If we only wanted to be happy, it would be easy; but we want to be happier than other people, and that is almost always difficult, since we think them happier than they are.
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It is a thousand times easier to do good than to do it well.
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I have ever held it as a maxim, never to do that through another, which it was possible for me to execute myself.
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It is not the young people that degenerate they are not spoiled till those of mature age are already sunk into corruption.
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To become truly great, one has to stand with people, not above them.
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An empire founded by war has to maintain itself by war.
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