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If one only wished to be , this could be easily accomplished; but we wish to be happier than other people, and this is always difficult, for weothers to be happier than they are.
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What is not useful to the swarm is not useful to the bee.
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Love for the successor is nothing but hatred for the predecessor.
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Zeal for the advancement ofis different from a due attachment to it; and that in order toit and fulfil its behests, it is not necessary toand persecute those who are opposed to it.
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Not to beis a misfortune, but it is an insult to be loved no longer.
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[The Ottoman Empire] whose sick body was not supported by a mild and regular diet, but by a powerful treatment, which continually exhausted it.
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[The Pope] will make the king believe that three are only one, that the bread he eats is not bread...and a thousand other things of the same kind.
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I can assure you that no kingdom has ever had as many civil wars as the kingdom of Christ.
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Do you think thatwill punish them for not practicing awhich he did not reveal to them?
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A man should be mourned at his , not at his .
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In France there are three kinds of professions: the , the , and the long robe. Each hath a sovereign contempt for the other two. For example, a man who ought to be despised only for being ais often so because he is a .
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People here argue aboutinterminably, but it appears that they are competing at the sameto see who can be the least devout.
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Oh, how empty is praise when it reflects back to its origin!
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Christians are beginning to lose the spirit of intolerance which animated them: experience has shown the error of , and of . They have realized that zeal for the advancement of religion is different from a due attachment to it; and that in order to love it and fulfill its behests, it is not necessary to hate and persecute those who are opposed to it.
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And yet there is nothing so badly imagined: nature seems to have provided, that the follies of men should be transient, but they by writing books render them permanent. A fool ought to content himself with having wearied those who lived with him: but he is for tormenting future generations; he is desirous that his folly should triumph over oblivion, which he ought to have enjoyed as well as his grave; he is desirous that posterity should be informed that he lived, and that it should be known for ever that he was a fool.
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"Of all kind of authors there are none I despise more than compilers, who search every where for shreds of other men's works, which they join to their own, like so many pieces of green turf in a garden: they are not at all superior to compositors in a printing house, who range the types, which, collected together, make a book, towards which they contribute nothing but the labours of the hand. I would have original writers respected, and it seems to me a kind of profanation to take those pieces from the sanctuary in which they reside, and to expose them to a contempt they do not deserve. When a man hath nothing new to say, why does not he hold his tongue? What business have we with this double employment?"
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I write to thee on this subject, [friend], because I am angry at a book which I have just left, which is so large, that it seems to contain universal science, but it hath almost split my head, without teaching me anything.
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was given to me as a favor, so I may abandon it when it is one no longer.
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I acknowledge thatis full of religious : but we must distinguish; it is not the multiplicity of religions which has produced wars; it is the intolerant spirit animating that which believed itself in the ascendant.
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There are only two cases in whichis : first, in order to resist the aggression of an , and second, in order to help an ally who has been attacked.
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There is only one thing that can form a bond between men, and that is ...we cannot give someone else greaterover us than we have ourselves.
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I have read descriptions ofthat would make any sensible person stop wanting to go there.
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Better it is to say that themost comfortable tois that which best agrees with the humor and disposition of thein whose favor it is established.
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The publicmust be carried on with a certain motion, neither too quick nor too slow.
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Honor sets all the parts of the body politic in motion, and by its very action connects them; thus each individual advances the public good, while he only thinks of promoting his own interest.
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It is not the young people that degenerate; they are not spoiled till those of maturer age are already sunk into corruption.
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At our coming into the , we contract an immense debt to our country, which we can never discharge.
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The wickedness ofmakes itfor theto suppose them better than they really are.
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La corruption de chaque gouvernement commence presque toujours par celle des principes.
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It is difficult for the united states to be all of equal power and extent.
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Liberty is the right of doing whatever the laws permit.
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Democratic and aristocratic states are not in their own nature free. Political liberty is to be found only in moderate governments; and even in these it is not always found. It is there only when there is no abuse of power. 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. Is it not strange, though true, to say that virtue itself has need of limits?
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To prevent this abuse, it is necessary from the very nature of things that power should be a check to power. A government may be so constituted, as no man shall be compelled to do things to which the law does not oblige him, nor forced to abstain from things which the law permits.
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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.
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This punishment ofis the remedy, as it were, of a sick society.
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Thedo not take upon them to punish any other than overt acts.
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The public revenues are a portion that each subject gives of his property, in order to secure or enjoy the remainder.
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are a smooth file, which cuts gradually, and attains its end by slow progression.
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The state ofis in its own nature bad...
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I would as soon say thatgives its professors a right to enslave those who dissent from it, in order to render its propagation more easy. This was the notion that encouraged the ravagers ofin their iniquity. Under the influence of thisthey founded their right of enslaving so many nations; for these robbers, who would absolutely be both robbers and Christians, were superlatively devout. Louis XIII was extremely uneasy at a law by which all the negroes of his colonies were to be made slaves; but it being strongly urged to him as the readiest means for their conversion, he acquiesced without further scruple.
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It is impossible for us to suppose these creatures to be , because, allowing them to be men, a suspicion would follow that we ourselves are not .
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De petits esprits exag
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Montesquieu proceeds in Ch. 6 to state: "It is time to inquire into the true origins of the right of slavery. It ought to be founded on the nature of things; let us see if there be any cases where it can be derived thence..." he then examines systems of despotism which result in various levels of contractual slavery, and in Ch. 7 concludes:
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Mankind by their industry, and by the influence of, have rendered the earth more proper for their abode.
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The culture of lands requires the use of .
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Theof superstition are superior to all others, and have the strongest influence on the human .
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I shall be obliged to wander to the right and to the left, that I may investigate and discover the .
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itself has appeared intolerable to those nations who have not been accustomed to enjoy it.
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is as advantageous to aasis .
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[Britain is] a nation that may be justly called a republic, disguised under the form of a monarchy.
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Fain would I glide down a gentle river, but I am carried away by a torrent.
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The avarice of nations makes them quarrel for the movables of the whole universe.
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Theof commerce is that of the communication of the people.
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Slowness is frequently the cause of much greater slowness.
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The first Greeks were all pirates.
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Great commanders write their actions with ; because they receive morefromthan from .
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The compass opened, if I may so express myself, the universe.
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Money is a sign which represents the value of all merchandise.
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I shall ever repeat it, that mankind are governed not by extremes, but by principals of moderation.
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Men who have absolutely nothing, such as beggars, have many children.
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There are countries where a man is worth nothing; there are others where he is worth less than nothing.
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Les hommes, fripons en d
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Uselessweaken thelaws.
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Christianity stamped its character on jurisprudence; for empire has ever a connection with the priesthood.
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The alms given to a naked man in the street do not fulfil the obligations of the state, which owes to every citizen a certain subsistence, a proper nourishment, convenient clothing, and a kind of life not incompatible with health.
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Nothing is a greater obstacle to our progress in , then a bad performance of a celebrated author; because, before we instruct we must begin with undeceiving.
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Verylaws may be ill timed.
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La raillerie est un discours en faveur de son esprit contre son bon naturel.
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J'ai toujours vu que, pour r
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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.
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You have toa great deal to know a little.
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Christians are beginning to lose the spirit of intolerance which animated them: experience has shown the error of the expulsion of the Jews from Spain, and of the persecution of those Christians in France whose belief differed a little from that of the king. They have realized that zeal for the advancement of religion is different from a due attachment to it; and that in order to love it and fulfill its behests, it is not necessary to hate and persecute those who are opposed to it.No. 60.
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In France there are three kinds of professions: the church, the sword, and the long robe. Each hath a sovereign contempt for the other two. For example, a man who ought to be despised only for being a fool is often so because he is a lawyer.No. 44
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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.No. 46.
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