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Charles de Montesquieu – 15 Quotes

 

15 Quotes by 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


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

– 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


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

– Charles de Montesquieu


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

– Charles de Montesquieu


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

– 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


The less men think, the more they talk.

– Charles de Montesquieu


Peace is a natural effect of trade.

– 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


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

– Charles de Montesquieu


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

– Charles de Montesquieu


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

– Charles de Montesquieu


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