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Engrave this Quote Author: A fool who, not content with having bored those who have lived with him, insists on tormenting generations to come.
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-Charles Montesquieu
Death
Engrave this Quote We should weep for men at their birth, not at their death.
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-Charles Montesquieu
Food
Engrave this Quote Lunch kills half of Paris, supper the other half.
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Fortune
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Freedom
Engrave this Quote Countries are well cultivated, not as they are fertile, but as they are free.
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Friends
Engrave this Quote Friendship is an arrangement by which we undertake to exchange small favors for big ones.
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God
Engrave this Quote If triangles made a god, they would give him three sides.
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Government
Engrave this Quote It is requisite the government be so constituted as one man need not be afraid of another.
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-Charles Montesquieu, The Spirit of the Laws, 1748
Greatness & Great Things
Engrave this Quote It is always the adventurers who do great things, not the sovereigns of great empires.
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Happiness
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Engrave this Quote 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.
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-Charles Montesquieu
Law
Engrave this Quote Useless laws weaken the necessary laws.
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Engrave this Quote There is no nation so powerful, as the one that obeys its laws not from principals of fear or reason, but from passion.
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Engrave this Quote The spirit of moderation should also be the spirit of the lawgiver.
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Engrave this Quote The severity of the laws prevents their execution.
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-Charles Montesquieu
Liberty
Engrave this Quote Political liberty is to be found only in moderate governments.
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Engrave this Quote Liberty is the right to do what the law permits.
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Simplicity
Engrave this Quote I have always observed that to succeed in the world a person must seem simple, yet wise.
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-Charles Montesquieu
Speeches (oratory)
Engrave this Quote What orators lack in depth, they make up to you in length.
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-Charles Montesquieu
Talent
Engrave this Quote This is how I define talent; it is a gift that God has given us in secret, which we reveal without knowing it.
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-Charles Montesquieu
Time
Engrave this Quote Success in the majority of circumstances depends on knowing how long it takes to succeed.
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Wealth
Engrave this Quote Luxury ruins republics; poverty, monarchies.
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-Charles Montesquieu

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