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Charles De Montesquieu Quotes

(1689-1755), French Jurist, Political Philosopher

We should weep for men at their birth, not at their death.

Category: Death And Dying

Lunch kills half of Paris, supper the other half.

Category: Food And Eating

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.

Category: Fortune

Countries are well cultivated, not as they are fertile, but as they are free.

Category: Freedom

Friendship is an arrangement by which we undertake to exchange small favors for big ones.

Category: Friends And Friendship

If triangles made a god, they would give him three sides.

Category: God

It is always the adventurers who do great things, not the sovereigns of great empires.

Category: Greatness

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.

Category: Happiness

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.

Category: Happiness

We wish to be happier than other people; and this is difficult, for we believe others to be happier than they are.

Category: Happiness

The severity of the laws prevents their execution.

Category: Law And Lawyers

The spirit of moderation should also be the spirit of the lawgiver.

Category: Law And Lawyers

There is no nation so powerful, as the one that obeys its laws not from principals of fear or reason, but from passion.

Category: Law And Lawyers

Useless laws weaken the necessary laws.

Category: Law And Lawyers

Political liberty is to be found only in moderate governments.

Category: Liberty