Quote by Charles Montesquieu
Useless laws weaken the necessary laws.
This quote suggests that the presence of useless or unnecessary laws can undermine the effectiveness of the laws that are genuinely important and necessary. Useless laws can lead to a loss of respect for the legal system, as people may view them as burdensome or illogical. Consequently, when necessary laws are implemented, they may not receive the full cooperation or compliance they require. The quote implies that an excess of laws, particularly those that lack practical value or do not align with societal values, can diminish the overall impact and enforcement of the legal framework.
There seem to be but three ways for a nation to acquire wealth. The first is by war, as the Romans did, in plundering their conquered neighbors. This is robbery. The second by commerce, which is generally cheating. The third by agriculture, the only honest way, wherein man receives a real increase of the seed thrown into the ground, in a kind of continual miracle, wrought by the hand of God in his favor, as a reward for his innocent life and his virtuous industry.