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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

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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.
Charles de Montesquieu - Persian Letters




Translation  

Translation

(French, German)


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.”
Charles de Montesquieu - Lettres persanes

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.”
Charles de Montesquieu - Persische Briefe




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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.”
François de La Rochefoucauld - Reflections, or Sentences and Moral Maxims




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I have decided to be happy because it's good for my health.”
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Happiness is sometimes hidden in the unknown.”
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To be happy, we must consider the happiness of another.”
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Create all the happiness you are able to create: remove all the misery you are able to remove.”
Jeremy Bentham
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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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We should laugh before being happy, for fear of dying without having laughed.”
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Quotes about others:



Quotes for: others

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Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
Oscar Wilde - Quotation of uncertain origin
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To be happy, we must consider the happiness of another.”
Gaston Bachelard - La Psychanalyse du feu
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If we had no pride we should not complain of that of others.”
François de La Rochefoucauld - Reflections, or Sentences and Moral Maxims
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Whoever is happy will make others happy too.”
Anne Frank - The Diary of a Young Girl
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Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.”
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
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When you are happy, there is still much to be done: to comfort others.”
Jules Renard
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Quotes for: difficulty:



Quotes for: difficulty

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Out of clutter find simplicity ; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”
Albert Einstein
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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.”
Nelson Mandela
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Happiness is not easily won; it is hard to find it in ourselves and impossible to find it elsewhere.”
Nicolas Chamfort - Maximes et pensées
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To the stars through difficulty.”
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Remember to keep a clear head in difficult times.”
Quintus Horatius Flaccus
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Charles de Montesquieu also said...


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It is a thousand times easier to do good than to do it well.”
Charles de Montesquieu - The Spirit of the Laws
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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.”
Charles de Montesquieu
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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.”
Charles de Montesquieu
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To become truly great, one has to stand with people, not above them.”
Charles de Montesquieu
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An empire founded by war has to maintain itself by war.”
Charles de Montesquieu
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Success in the majority of circumstances depends on knowing how long it takes to succeed.”
Charles de Montesquieu
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