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Useless laws weaken necessary laws.

Charles-Lewis de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu (1689-1755) French political philosopher
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If we only wanted to be happy, it would be easy; but we want to be happier than other people, which is difficult, since we think them happier than they are.

Charles-Lewis de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu (1689-1755) French political philosopher
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An empire founded by war has to maintain itself by war.

Charles-Lewis de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu (1689-1755) French political philosopher
Considerations sur les causes de la grandeur des Romaines et de leur decadence, ch. 8 (1734)
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The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy.

Charles-Lewis de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu (1689-1755) French political philosopher
The Spirit of the Laws (1748)
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