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

  • No kingdom has shed more blood than the kingdom of Christ.
    (Charles de Montesquieu)

  • What orators lack in depth they make up for in length.
    (Charles de Montesquieu)

  • The severity of the laws prevents their execution.
    (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)


  • Lunch kills half of Paris, supper the other half.
    (Charles de Montesquieu)

  • Men should be bewailed at their birth, and not at their death.
    (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)

  • Countries are well cultivated, not as they are fertile, but as they are free.
    (Charles de Montesquieu)

  • We should weep for men at their birth, not at their death.
    (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)

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

  • The spirit of moderation should also be the spirit of the lawgiver.
    (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)


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