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50 Montesquieu Quotes That Helped Shape the U.S. Constitution

These Montesquieu quotes about his political philosophy will show you why he was such an influential source when the founding fathers were writing the U.S. Constitution.

Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de La Brède et de Montesquieu — most commonly known simply as Montesquieu, was a French lawyer, judge, and political philosopher. He became famous for his work, Parisian Lettres, a satirical novel that commented and critiqued the culture and government of Paris in the 18th century.

Montesquieu’s later work, The Spirit of the Laws, argued for the classification of governments into republics, monarchies, or despotisms, and described the theory of separation of powers.

His political theories were created by combining the governments of

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