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Charles de Montesquieu Quotes

"In most things success depends on knowing how long it takes to succeed."

"I have never known any distress that an hour's reading did not relieve."

"To love to read is to exchange hours of ennui for hours of delight."

"An author is a fool who, not content with boring those he lives with, insists on boring future generations."

"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."

"Countries are well cultivated, not as they are fertile, but as they are free."

"We should weep for men at their birth, not at their death."

"The severity of the laws prevents their execution."

"The spirit of moderation should also be the spirit of the lawgiver."

"There is no nation so powerful, as the one that obeys its laws not from principals of fear or reason, but from passion."

"Useless laws weaken the necessary laws."

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

"Friendship is an arrangement by which we undertake to exchange small favors for big ones."

"Success in the majority of circumstances depends on knowing how long it takes to succeed."

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

"It is always the adventurers who do great things, not the sovereigns of great empires."

"The sublimity of administration consists in knowing the proper degree of power that should be exerted on different occasions."

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