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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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An author is a fool who, not content with boring those he lives with, insists on boring future generations.

Charles de Montesquieu

The less men think, the more they talk.

Charles de Montesquieu

Success in the majority of circumstances depends on knowing how long it takes to succeed.

Charles de Montesquieu

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

Charles de Montesquieu

Peace is a natural effect of trade.

Charles de Montesquieu

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

Charles de Montesquieu

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

Charles de Montesquieu

I have never known any distress that an hour's reading did not relieve.

Charles de Montesquieu

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

Charles de Montesquieu

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

Charles de Montesquieu

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

Charles de Montesquieu

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.

Charles de 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.

Charles de Montesquieu

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

Charles de Montesquieu

Men should be bewailed at their birth, and not at their death.

Charles de Montesquieu