An empire founded by war has to maintain itself by war.

Friendship is an arrangement by which we undertake to exchange small favors for big ones.

I have always observed that to succeed in the world one should appear like a fool but be wise.

I have never known any distress that an hour’s reading did not relieve.

There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of the law and in the name of justice.

There should be weeping at a man’s birth, not at his death.

To become truly great, one has to stand with people, not above them.

Useless laws weaken the necessary laws.

/ Montesquieu

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