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Charles de Montesquieu Quotes and Sayings

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

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

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

The less men think, the more they talk.
- 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

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

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

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Lunch kills half of Paris, supper the other half.
- 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

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

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

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

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

If the triangles made a god, they would give him three sides.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It is always the adventurers who do great things,
not the sovereigns of great empires.
- Charles de Montesquieu

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

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

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

Useless laws weaken the necessary laws.
- Charles de Montesquieu

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

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

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

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

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent
about things that matter.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

All things at first appear difficult.
- Chinese proverb

We don't see things as they are,
we see things as we are.
- Anais Nin

Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves
to recognize how good things really are.
- Marianne Williamson

God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
the courage to change the things I can;
and the wisdom to know the difference.
- Reinhold Niebuhr (Serenity Prayer)

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
- widely misattributed to Mark Twain

I am one with the Earth,
with the Water, with the Fire,
with the Air that I breathe,
with all Living Things,
and we are all one with Spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Everything is a miracle,
not just the beautiful and lovely things.
- Anonymous

All things share the same breath -
the beast, the tree, the man...
the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
- Chief Seattle (attributed)

I have just three things to teach:
simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
- Lao Tzu

The best and most beautiful things in the world
cannot be seen or even touched.
They must be felt with the heart.
- Helen Keller

Do not allow obligation or immediacy to
bind you to physical things or specific actions.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing,
of just going along,
listening to all the things you can't hear,
and not bothering.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Do first things first, and second things not at all.
- Peter F. Drucker

If things are not as you wish,
wish them as they are.
- Yiddish Proverb

Our "Rainbows and Butterflies" are the small miracles of our life -
the little things that are so easy to overlook,
yet so awe inspiring when we take a moment
to notice and to pay attention.
Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh,
for the touch of a hand and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Sometimes the things you really want
sneak in the back door.
Notice.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

A time for work, a time for play -
balance in all things.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You never really understand a person
until you consider things from his point of view.
- Harper Lee

Do all things with love.
- Og Mandino

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

I Dream This Day of Wondrous Things,
of Peace and Hope and Pride.
I Dance My Dance with Life Today,
I'm Filled with Love Inside.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Stand often in the company of dreamers.
They believe you can achieve impossible things.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Dare to dream of your great success.
Become intimate with those things
which deeply motivate you
and regularly work toward
the realization of that mission.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

It all depends on how we look at things,
and not how they are in themselves.
- Carl Jung

Two things a man should never be angry at:
what he can help,
and what he cannot help.
- Thomas Fuller

If you understand, things are just as they are;
if you do not understand, things are just as they are.
- Zen Proverb

The most beautiful things in the world
cannot be seen or even touched,
they must be felt with the heart.
- Helen Keller

We know nothing at all.
All our knowledge is but the knowledge of schoolchildren.
The real nature of things we shall never know.
- Albert Einstein

There are those that look at things
the way they are, and ask "Why?"
I dream of things that never were, and ask "Why not?"
- Robert F. Kennedy paraphrase of George Bernard Shaw

Personal importance, or taking things personally,
is the maximum expression of selfishness
because we make the assumption that everything is about me.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Energy and persistence conquer all things.
- Benjamin Franklin

You manage things, you lead people.
- Grace Hopper

We're so engaged in doing things
to achieve purposes of outer value
that we forget the inner value,
the rapture that is associated
with being alive, is what it is all about.
- Joseph Campbell

The softest things in the world overcome
the hardest things in the world.
- Lao Tzu


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