Charles de Montesquieu Quotes

When virtue is banished, ambition invades the minds of those who are disposed to receive it, and avarice possesses the whole community.

 
Context
This quotation so impressed Thomas Jefferson that he wrote it in his Commonplace Book.
Charles de Montesquieu
Charles de Montesquieu
  • Born: January 18, 1689
  • Died: February 10, 1755
  • Nationality: French
  • Profession: Philosopher

Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de La Brède et de Montesquieu, generally referred to as simply Montesquieu, was a French judge, man of letters, and political philosopher.