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An author is a fool who, not content with boring those he lives with,
by 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

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

We should weep for men at their birth,
not at their death.
- Charles de Montesquieu

Peace is a natural effect of trade.
- Charles de Montesquieu

 

An empire founded by war has to maintain itself by war.
- Charles de Montesquieu

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

Laws undertake to punish only overt acts.
- Charles de Montesquieu

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The less men think, the more they talk.
- Charles de Montesquieu

The spirit of moderation should also be the spirit of the lawgiver.
- Charles de Montesquieu

The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous
to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy.
- Charles de Montesquieu

There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated
under the shield of law and in the name of justice.
- Charles de Montesquieu

Luxury ruins republics; poverty, monarchies.
- Charles de Montesquieu

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

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

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

Useless laws weaken the necessary laws.
- Charles de Montesquieu

Countries are well cultivated, not as they are fertile,
but as they are free.
- Charles de Montesquieu

What orators lack in depth they make up for in length.
- Charles de Montesquieu

To become truly great, one has to stand with people,
not above them.
- Charles de Montesquieu

The severity of the laws prevents their execution.
- Charles de Montesquieu

I have always observed that to succeed in the world one should seem a fool,
but be wise.
- Charles de Montesquieu

Talent is a gift which God has given us secretly,
and which we reveal without perceiving it.
- 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

Liberty is the right to do what the law permits.
- Charles de Montesquieu

If the triangles made a god, they would give him three sides.
- 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 always the adventurers who do great things,
not the sovereigns of great empires.
- Charles de Montesquieu

To love to read is to exchange hours of ennui for hours of delight.
- Charles de Montesquieu

In most things success depends on knowing how long it takes to succeed.
- Charles de Montesquieu

Lunch kills half of Paris, supper the other half.
- Charles de Montesquieu

The reason the Romans built their great paved highways
was because they had such inconvenient footwear.
- Charles de Montesquieu

In the infancy of societies, the chiefs of state shape its institutions;
later the institutions shape the chiefs of state.
- Charles de Montesquieu

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

No kingdom has shed more blood than the kingdom of Christ.
- Charles de Montesquieu

There is no one, says another, whom fortune does not visit once in his life;
but when she does not find him ready to receive her,
she walks in at the door, and flies out at the window.
- Charles de Montesquieu

Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.
- The Buddha

If I am happy in spite of my deprivations,
if my happiness is so deep that it is a faith,
so thoughtful that it becomes a philosophy of life.
If, in short, I am an optimist,
my testimony to the creed of optimism is worth hearing.
- Helen Keller
...
Helen Keller (1880-1968) overcame being both deaf and blind
to become a famous author, lecturer, and activist
for women's suffrage, workers' rights, and ending war.

Humility is not thinking less of yourself,
it's thinking of yourself less.
- Rick Warren (author of The Purpose Driven(R) Life)

Action is the real measure of intelligence.
- Napoleon Hill (author of the classic Think and Grow Rich)

The way a book is read, which is to say,
the qualities a reader brings to a book can have as
much to do with its worth as anything the author puts into it.
- Norman Cousins

An author ought to write for the youth of his own generation,
the critics of the next, and the schoolmaster of ever afterwards.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald

But to me I find Francis Bacon the most likely candidate to be the author.
- Mark Rylance

I think like a genius, I write like a distinguished author,
and I speak like a child.
- Vladimir Nabokov

A very wise author once said that a writer writes for himself,
and then publishes for money.
I write for myself and publish just for the reader.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

Critics are sentinels in the grand army of letters,
stationed at the corners of newspapers and reviews,
to challenge every new author.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

For success, the author must make the reader care about
the destiny of the principals,
and sustain this anxiety, or suspense,
for about 100,000 words.
- Ken Follett

The more gifted and talkative one's characters are,
the greater the chances of their resembling the author in tone or tint of mind.
- Vladimir Nabokov

I am sure that no traveler seeing things through author
spectacles can see them as they are.
- Harriet Martineau

The language fictional characters use is chosen for effect,
at least if the author is concentrating.
- John M. Ford

I believe that, like most writers, my personality comes through in the fiction.
So in that respect my writing can't be like any other author's really.
- Paul Kane

Sometimes the reader will decide something else than the author's intent;
this is certainly true of attempts to empirically decipher reality.
- John M. Ford

With the marketing pressures driving the book world today,
it's much easier to get the author of a memoir on a
television show than a serious novelist.
- David Halberstam

He who is the author of a war lets loose the whole
contagion of hell and opens a vein that bleeds a nation to death.
- Thomas Paine

When a French book becomes an international hit it
is because of the author and not because of the language.
The same goes for movies.
- Jean-Jacques Annaud

Life is the most versatile thing under the sun;
and in the pursuit of life and character the author
who works in a groove works in blinkers.
- Laurence Housman

All fiction becomes autobiographical when the author has true talent.
- Jeanne Moreau

I think that every so-called history book and film
biography should be prefaced by the statement that
what follows is the author's rendition of events and circumstances.
- Barbara Kruger

I shall be but a shrimp of an author.
- Thomas Gray

One way an author dies a little each day is when his books go out of print.
- William Goldman

The author of McCarthyism was given the distinction
of addressing the Republican National Convention.
This strikes terror in the hearts of honest men.
- Emanuel Celler

A good novel tells us the truth about its hero;
but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

You know what the critics are.
If you tell the truth they only say you're cynical
and it does an author no good to get a reputation for cynicism.
- W. Somerset Maugham

In every author let us distinguish the man from his works.
- Voltaire

There is not less wit nor less invention in applying
rightly a thought one finds in a book,
than in being the first author of that thought.
- Pierre Bayle

There is an element of autobiography in all fiction
in that pain or distress,
or pleasure, is based on the author's own.
But in my case that is as far as it goes.
- William Trevor

There is one Quality, which has somewhat so heavenly in it;
that by so much the more we are possess'd of it,
by so much the more we draw nearer to the Great Author of Nature.
- Eliza Haywood

Almost anyone can be an author; the business is to
collect money and fame from this state of being.
- A. A. Milne

Every author really wants to have letters printed in the papers.
Unable to make the grade, he drops down a rung of the
ladder and writes novels.
- P. G. Wodehouse

I hate the actor and audience business.
An author should be in among the crowd,
kicking their shins or cheering them on to some mischief or merriment.
- David Herbert Lawrence

Readers will stay with an author, no matter what the
variations in style and genre,
as long as they get that sense of story,
of character, of empathetic involvement.
- Dean Koontz


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