Quotes by Charles De Montesquieu
- An author is a fool who, not content with boring those he lives with, insists on boring future generations.
- An empire founded by war has to maintain itself by war.
- 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.
- Friendship is an arrangement by which we undertake to exchange small favors for big ones.
- I have never known any distress that an hour's reading did not relieve.
- In most things success depends on knowing how long it takes to succeed.
- It is not the young people that degenerate they are not spoiled till those of mature age are already sunk into corruption.
- Men should be bewailed at their birth, and not at their death.
- Peace is a natural effect of trade.
- Success in the majority of circumstances depends on knowing how long it takes to succeed.
- The less men think, the more they talk.
- The sublimity of administration consists in knowing the proper degree of power that should be exerted on different occasions.
- There is no nation so powerful, as the one that obeys its laws not from principals of fear or reason, but from passion.
- To become truly great, one has to stand with people, not above them.
- We should weep for men at their birth, not at their death.