Charles de Montesquieu

(born Charles-Louis de Secondat) French lawyer, man of letters, and political philosopher who lived during the Age of Enlightenment.

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Mankind, Temptations

In vain do we seek tranquility in the desert; temptations are always with us; our passions, represented by the demons, never let us alone: those monsters created by the heart, those illusions produced by the mind, those vain specters that are our errors and our lies always appear before us to seduce us; they attack us even in our fasting or our mortifications, in other words, in our very strength.