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 :: 1689-1755, French Jurist, Political Philosopher

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Countries are well cultivated, not as they are fertile, but as they are free.
~ Charles De Montesquieu - [Freedom]

 

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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 - [Happiness]

 

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Friendship is an arrangement by which we undertake to exchange small favors for big ones.
~ Charles De Montesquieu - [Friends and Friendship]

 

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I have always observed that to succeed in the world a person must seem simple, yet wise.
~ Charles De Montesquieu - [Simplicity]

 

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If one only wished to be happy, this could be easily accomplished; but we wish to be happier that other people, and this is always difficult, for we believe others to be happier than they are.
~ Charles De Montesquieu - [Happiness]

 

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If triangles made a god, they would give him three sides.
~ Charles De Montesquieu - [God]

 

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It is always the adventurers who do great things, not the sovereigns of great empires.
~ Charles De Montesquieu - [Greatness]

 

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Liberty is the right to do what the law permits.
~ Charles De Montesquieu - [Liberty]

 

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Lunch kills half of Paris, supper the other half.
~ Charles De Montesquieu - [Food and Eating]

 

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Luxury ruins republics; poverty, monarchies.
~ Charles De Montesquieu - [Luxury]

 

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Political liberty is to be found only in moderate governments.
~ Charles De Montesquieu - [Liberty]

 

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Success in the majority of circumstances depends on knowing how long it takes to succeed.
~ Charles De Montesquieu - [Time and Time Management]

 

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The severity of the laws prevents their execution.
~ Charles De Montesquieu - [Law and Lawyers]

 

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The spirit of moderation should also be the spirit of the lawgiver.
~ Charles De Montesquieu - [Law and Lawyers]

 

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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 - [Law and Lawyers]

 

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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 - [Fortune]

 

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This is how I define talent; it is a gift that God has given us in secret, which we reveal without knowing it.
~ Charles De Montesquieu - [Talent]

 

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Useless laws weaken the necessary laws.
~ Charles De Montesquieu - [Law and Lawyers]

 

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We should weep for men at their birth, not at their death.
~ Charles De Montesquieu - [Death and Dying]

 

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We wish to be happier than other people; and this is difficult, for we believe others to be happier than they are.
~ Charles De Montesquieu - [Happiness]

 

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