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Charles de Montesquieu
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Book XXIX, Chapter 16 - De l'Esprit des Lois (1748) [The Spirit of the Laws]
Charles de Montesquieu
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Montesquieu's Considerations on the Causes of the Grandeur and Decadence of the Romans, translated by Jehu Baker (1882), p. 279, Chapter XIV, Tiberius. Variant translation: "There is no tyranny more cruel than that which is perpetrated under color of the laws and in the name of justice"
Charles de Montesquieu
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Reflections on the causes of the rise and fall of the Roman empire (1825 edition), p. 19, Chapter IV. Variant translation: "A monarchy is not dragged nearer to the brink of ruin by the tyranny of a prince, than a commonwealth by the lukewarmness and indifference for the general good"
Charles de Montesquieu
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In French: "L'amitié est un contrat par lequel nous nous engageons à rendre de petits services à quelqu'un, afin qu'il nous en rende de grands." - Pensées, 308
Charles de Montesquieu
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The spirit of laws, with d'Alembert's analysis of the work, tr. by T. Nugent (1878 edition)


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Born: January 18, 1689

Died: February 10, 1755 (aged 66)

Nationality: French

Occupation: Philosopher

Bio: Charles-Louis de Secondat, baron de La Brède et de Montesquieu, 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 constitutions throughout the world.

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