Quotes by Charles De Montesquieu

Charles De Montesquieu

Charles De Montesquieu

French philosopher

Alive from: 1689-1755

Category: Philosophers

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    Success in the majority of circumstances depends on knowing how long it takes to succeed.
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    Countries are well cultivated, not as they are fertile, but as they are free.
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    False happiness renders men stern and proud, and that happiness is never communicated. True happiness renders them kind and sensible, and that happiness is always shared.
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    Friendship is an arrangement by which we undertake to exchange small favors for big ones.
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    I have always observed that to succeed in the world a person must seem simple, yet wise.
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    If one only wished to be happy, this could be easily accomplished; but we wish to be happier that other people, and this is always difficult, for we believe others to be happier than they are.
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    If triangles made a god, they would give him three sides.
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    It is always the adventurers who do great things, not the sovereigns of great empires.
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    Liberty is the right to do what the law permits.
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    Lunch kills half of Paris, supper the other half.
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    Luxury ruins republics; poverty, monarchies.
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    Political liberty is to be found only in moderate governments.
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    The severity of the laws prevents their execution.
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    The spirit of moderation should also be the spirit of the lawgiver.
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    There is no nation so powerful, as the one that obeys its laws not from principals of fear or reason, but from passion.
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