Baron de Montesquieu

Baron de Montesquieu

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Author Profession: French writer
Born: January 18, 1689
Died: February 10, 1755
Birth Sign: Capricorn

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To become truly great, one has to stand with people, not above them.

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.

Author: A fool who, not content with having bored those who have lived with him, insists on tormenting generations to come.

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.

Lunch kills half of Paris, supper the other half.

An empire founded by war has to maintain itself by war.

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

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.

I have always observed that to succeed in the world one should seem a fool, but be wise.

It is not the young people that degenerate; they are not spoiled till those of mature age are already sunk into corruption.

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.

The sublimity of administration consists in knowing the proper degree of power that should be exerted on different occasions.

We must have constantly present in our minds the difference between independence and liberty. Liberty is a right of doing whatever the laws permit, and if a citizen could do what they forbid he would no longer be possessed of liberty.

In most things success depends on knowing how long it takes to succeed.

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

The less men think, the more they talk.

There should be weeping at a man's birth, not at his death.

Luxury ruins republics; poverty, monarchies.

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.

The lecturer should give the audience full reason to believe that all his powers have been exerted for their pleasure and instruction. Michael Faraday quotes

I'm bipolar, but I'm not crazy, and I never was. I'm stark raving sane. Emilie Autumn quotes

One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life is, I think, to have a happy childhood. Agatha Christie

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