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Charles de Montesquieu

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Biography - Charles de Montesquieu:

French man of letters and political philosopher.
Born: 1689 - Died: 1755
Period:
18th century
17th century
Place of birth: France
France

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.




Translation

Translation

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French
Si on ne voulait qu’être heureux, cela serait bientôt fait. Mais on veut être plus heureux que les autres et cela est presque toujours difficile parce que nous croyons les autres plus heureux qu’ils ne sont.

German
Man will nicht nur glücklich sein, sondern glücklicher als die anderen. Und das ist deshalb so schwer, weil wir die anderen für glücklicher halten, als sie sind.




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Happiness is in the taste, and not in the things themselves; we are happy from possessing what we like, not from possessing what others like.




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Happiness is sometimes hidden in the unknown.
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Of all the things which wisdom provides to make us entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship.
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Quotes for: others


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Quotes about others:


To be happy, we must consider the happiness of another.
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Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
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Article IV – Liberty consists of doing anything which does not harm others: thus, the exercise of the natural rights of each man has only those borders which assure other members of the society the enjoyment of these same rights. These borders can be determined only by the law.
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If we had no pride we should not complain of that of others.
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Let the other side be heard as well.
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Whoever is happy will make others happy too.
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Quotes for: difficulty


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Quotes for: difficulty


Out of clutter find simplicity ; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
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One of the most important and most difficult arts is to unlearn vice.
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There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere.
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Happiness is not easily won; it is hard to find it in ourselves and impossible to find it elsewhere.
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To the stars through difficulty.
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Remember to keep a clear head in difficult times.
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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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