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Charles de Montesquieu

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Biography : French man of letters and political philosopher.
Born: 1689 - Died: 1755
Period:
18th century
17th century
Place of birth: France
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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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It is a thousand times easier to do good than to do it well.
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I have ever held it as a maxim, never to do that through another, which it was possible for me to execute myself.
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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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To become truly great, one has to stand with people, not above them.
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An empire founded by war has to maintain itself by war.
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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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I have never known any distress that an hour's reading did not relieve.
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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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The sublimity of administration consists in knowing the proper degree of power that should be exerted on different occasions.
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The less men think, the more they talk.
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Men should be bewailed at their birth, and not at their death.
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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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We should weep for men at their birth, not at their death.
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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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In most things success depends on knowing how long it takes to succeed.
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Friendship is an arrangement by which we undertake to exchange small favors for big ones.
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