quote by Baron de Montesquieu

What unhappy beings men are! They constantly waver between false hopes and silly fears, and instead of relying on reason they create monsters to frighten themselves with, and phantoms which lead them astray.

— Baron de Montesquieu

Most Powerful Phantoms quotations

Because it corresponds to a vital need, love is overvalued in our culture.

It becomes a phantom - like success - carrying with it the illusion that it is a solution for all problems.

The stars were my best friends. The air was full of legends and phantoms, full of mythical and fair-tale creatures, which suddenly flew away over the roof, so that one was at one with the firmament.

This is how to contemplate our conditioned existence in this fleeting world: Like a tiny drop of dew, or a bubble floating in a stream; Like a flash of lightning in a summer cloud, Or a flickering lamp, an illusion, a phantom, or a dream. So is all conditioned existence to be seen.

Socialism is a fraud, a comedy, a phantom, a blackmail.

Life is the game that must be played.

If I am the phantom, it is because man's hatred has made me so.

If I am to be saved it is because your love redeems me.

But beyond the hysteria of phantom death panels, where is the abomination? Show me the provisions that will hurt consumers, because if you think a $110 billion a year tax break for working-class Americans to buy private health insurance is a government takeover, I welcome the debate.

Truth ... Is a breath, a wind, A shadow, a phantom; Long have I pursued it, But never have I touched The hem of its garment.

For in and out, above, about, below, 'Tis nothing but a Magic Shadow-show, Played in a Box whose Candle is the Sun, Round which we Phantom Figures come and go.

For I do not exist: there exist but the thousands of mirrors that reflect me.

Affleck was the bomb in Phantoms.

The distinction between sanity and insanity is narrower than a razor’s edge, sharper than a hound’s tooth, more agile than a mule deer. It is more elusive than the merest phantom. Perhaps it does not even exist; perhaps it is a phantom.

I would love to spend all my time writing to you;

I'd love to share with you all that goes through my mind, all that weighs on my heart, all that gives air to my soul; phantoms of art, dreams that would be so beautiful if they could come true.

As long as we have a master in heaven, we will be slaves on earth.

The repose of sleep refreshes only the body.

It rarely sets the soul at rest. The repose of the night does not belong to us. It is not the possession of our being. Sleep opens within us an inn for phantoms. In the morning we must sweep out the shadows.

The promises of this world are, for the most part, vain phantoms;

and to confide in one's self, and become something of worth and value is the best and safest course.

The first revolt is against the supreme tyranny of theology, of the phantom of God. As long as we have a master in heaven, we will be slaves on earth.

To those who scare peace loving people with phantoms of lost liberty, my message is this: your tactics aid terrorists for they erode our national unity and diminish our resolve. They give ammunition to America's enemies and pause to America's friends.

I want to reassure fans that I am 100% involved and will continue working on Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain; I'm determined to make it the greatest game I've directed to date. Don't miss it!

Our fathers had their dreams; we have ours; the generation that follows will have its own. Without dreams and phantoms man cannot exist.

The world, life and human beings are only an illusion, a phantom, a dream image.

Our friends - how distant, how mute, how seldom visited and little known.

And I, too, am dim to my friends and unknown; a phantom, sometimes seen, often not. Life is a dream surely.

So many things are possible just as long as you don't know they're impossible.

It is far harder to kill a phantom than a reality.

We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow.

Hope and fear are both phantoms that arise from thinking of the self.

When we don't see the self as self, what do we have to fear?

You must never feel badly about making mistakes.

A Moment's Halt-a momentary taste Of BEING from the Well amid the Waste- And, Lo! the phantom Caravan has reach'd The NOTHING it set out from. Oh, make haste!

I had to get used to wearing a mask and wearing a prosthetic and performing with those things while singing and expressing myself through stylized movement, while keeping it as human as possible so the audience could be closer to the horror of the Phantom.

Well we'd just seen Gerry. I think he wanted somebody who had that authority and was handsome. The thing is, he's a big hunk isn't he? All I can say, if you look at his chat line, or the Phantom website, it's quite worrying. Because the girls really seem to love him.

I loved fantasy, but I particularly loved the stories in which somebody got out of where they were and into somewhere better - as in the Chronicles Of Narnia, The Wizard Of Oz, The Phantom Tollbooth, the Dungeons & Dragons cartoon.

It is only by dispelling the clouds and phantoms of religion that we shall discover truth, reason and morality.

The only thing you can do easily is be wrong, and that's hardly worth the effort.

Art has a double face, of expression and illusion, just like science has a double face: the reality of error and the phantom of truth.