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We should weep for men at their birth, not at their death.Montesquieu
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.Montesquieu
We wish to be happier than other people; and this is difficult, for we believe others to be happier than they are.Montesquieu
The severity of the laws prevents their execution.Montesquieu
If triangles made a god, they would give him three sides.Montesquieu
Liberty is the right to do what the law permits.Montesquieu
It is always the adventurers who do great things, not the sovereigns of great empires.Montesquieu
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.Montesquieu
There is no one, says another, whom fortune does not visit once in his life; but when she does not find him ready to receive her, she walks in at the door, and flies out at the window.Montesquieu
Political liberty is to be found only in moderate governments.Montesquieu
What orators lack in depth, they make up to you in length.Montesquieu
I have always observed that to succeed in the world a person must seem simple, yet wise.Montesquieu
michaelj72 added An absolute ruler is an undesirable leader.
michaelj72 added A nation may lose its liberties in a day and not miss them in a century.
michaelj72 added No kingdom has shed more blood than the kingdom of Christ.
There is no nation so powerful, as the one that obeys its laws not from principals of fear or reason, but from passion.Montesquieu
Useless laws weaken the necessary laws.Montesquieu
Friendship is an arrangement by which we undertake to exchange small favors for big ones.Montesquieu
michaelj72 added Religious wars are not caused by the fact that there is more than one religion, but by the spirit of intolerance...the spread of which can only be regarded as the total eclipse of human reason.
Success in the majority of circumstances depends on knowing how long it takes to succeed.Montesquieu
This is how I define talent; it is a gift that God has given us in secret, which we reveal without knowing it.Montesquieu
michaelj72 added What unhappy beings men are! They constantly waver between false hopes and silly fears, and instead of relying on reason they create monsters to frighten themselves with and phantoms which lead them astray.
The spirit of moderation should also be the spirit of the lawgiver.Montesquieu
michaelj72 added The love of study is in us the only lasting passion. All the others quit us in proportion as this miserable machine which holds them approaches its ruins.
michaelj72 added When a government is arrived to that degree of corruption as to be incapable of reforming itself, it would not lose much by being new moulded.
Countries are well cultivated, not as they are fertile, but as they are free.Montesquieu
michaelj72 added Virtue is necessary to a republic.
michaelj72 added When we seek after wit, we discover only foolishness.
Lunch kills half of Paris, supper the other half.Montesquieu