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Charles-Louis de Secondat Montesquieu

1689-1755. French political philosopher whose major work, The Spirit of Laws, was a major contribution to political theory.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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