Facts about Charles de Montesquieu

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Charles de Montesquieu was a famous Philosopher from France, who lived between January 18, 1689 and February 10, 1755. He/she became 66 years old.

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He/she is born under the zodiac capricorn, who is known for Determination, Dominance, Perservering, Practical, Willful. Our collection contains 34 quotes who is written / told by Charles.

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Famous quotes by Charles de Montesquieu (34)


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"To become truly great, one has to stand with people, not above them"
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"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"
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"What orators lack in depth they make up for in length"
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"To love to read is to exchange hours of ennui for hours of delight"
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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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"There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice"
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"The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy"
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"The sublimity of administration consists in knowing the proper degree of power that should be exerted on different occasions"
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"The spirit of moderation should also be the spirit of the lawgiver"
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"The severity of the laws prevents their execution"
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"The reason the Romans built their great paved highways was because they had such inconvenient footwear"
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"The less men think, the more they talk"
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"Talent is a gift which God has given us secretly, and which we reveal without perceiving it"
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"Success in the majority of circumstances depends on knowing how long it takes to succeed"
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"Peace is a natural effect of trade"
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"No kingdom has shed more blood than the kingdom of Christ"
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"Men should be bewailed at their birth, and not at their death"
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"Luxury ruins republics; poverty, monarchies"
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"Lunch kills half of Paris, supper the other half"
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"Liberty is the right to do what the law permits"
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"Laws undertake to punish only overt acts"
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"It is not the young people that degenerate; they are not spoiled till those of mature age are already sunk into corruption"
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"It is always the adventurers who do great things, not the sovereigns of great empires"
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"In the infancy of societies, the chiefs of state shape its institutions; later the institutions shape the chiefs of state"
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"In most things success depends on knowing how long it takes to succeed"
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"If we only wanted to be happy, it would be easy; but we want to be happier than other people, and that is almost always difficult, since we think them happier than they are"
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"If the triangles made a god, they would give him three sides"
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"I have never known any distress that an hour's reading did not relieve"
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"I have always observed that to succeed in the world one should seem a fool, but be wise"
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"Friendship is an arrangement by which we undertake to exchange small favors for big ones"
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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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"Countries are well cultivated, not as they are fertile, but as they are free"
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"An empire founded by war has to maintain itself by war"
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"An author is a fool who, not content with boring those he lives with, insists on boring future generations"


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