Lunch kills half of Paris, supper the other half.
– Charles de Montesquieu
In most things success depends on knowing how long it takes to succeed.
The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy.
There is no nation so powerful, as the one that obeys its laws not from principals of fear or reason, but from passion.
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.
Success in the majority of circumstances depends on knowing how long it takes to succeed.
What orators lack in depth they make up for in length.
The sublimity of administration consists in knowing the proper degree of power that should be exerted on different occasions.
Friendship is an arrangement by which we undertake to exchange small favors for big ones.
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.
No kingdom has shed more blood than the kingdom of Christ.
If we only wanted to be happy, it would be easy; but we want to be happier than other people, and that is almost always difficult, since we think them happier than they are.
We must have constantly present in our minds the difference between independence and liberty. Liberty is a right of doing whatever the laws permit, and if a citizen could do what they forbid he would no longer be possessed of liberty.
In the infancy of societies, the chiefs of state shape its institutions; later the institutions shape the chiefs of state.
If triangles had a god, they would give him three sides.
Luxury ruins republics; poverty, monarchies.
If the triangles made a god, they would give him three sides.
Author: A fool who, not content with having bored those who have lived with him, insists on tormenting generations to come.
The reason the Romans built their great paved highways was because they had such inconvenient footwear.
A nation may lose its liberties in a day and not miss them in a century.
There should be weeping at a man’s birth, not at his death.
It is always the adventurers who do great things, not the sovereigns of great empires.
It is not the young people that degenerate; they are not spoiled till those of mature age are already sunk into corruption.
To love to read is to exchange hours of ennui for hours of delight.
The less men think, the more they talk.
I have never known any distress that an hour’s reading did not relieve.