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Michel de Montaigne Quotes and Sayings

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I do myself a greater injury in lying
than I do him of whom I tell a lie.
- Michel de Montaigne

Related topics: Values Self

Nothing is so firmly believed as what is least known.
- Michel de Montaigne

If there is such a thing as a good marriage,
it is because it resembles friendship rather than love.
- Michel de Montaigne

A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband.
- Michel de Montaigne

 

I prefer the company of peasants because they have
not been educated sufficiently to reason incorrectly.
- Michel de Montaigne

Those who have compared our life to a dream were right...
we were sleeping wake, and waking sleep.
- Michel de Montaigne

Marriage, a market which has nothing free but the entrance.
- Michel de Montaigne

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Lend yourself to others, but give yourself to yourself.
- Michel de Montaigne

'Tis the sharpness of our mind that gives the edge
to our pains and pleasures.
- Michel de Montaigne

No wind serves him who addresses his voyage to no certain port.
- Michel de Montaigne

Nothing is so firmly believed as what we least know.
- Michel de Montaigne

It is good to rub and polish our brain against that of others.
- Michel de Montaigne

An unattempted lady could not vaunt of her chastity.
- Michel de Montaigne

A wise man never loses anything, if he has himself.
- Michel de Montaigne

One may be humble out of pride.
- Michel de Montaigne

Every man bears the whole stamp of the human condition.
- Michel de Montaigne

Nothing fixes a thing so intensely in the memory as the wish to forget it.
- Michel de Montaigne

I put forward formless and unresolved notions,
as do those who publish doubtful questions to debate in the schools,
not to establish the truth but to seek it.
- Michel de Montaigne

Confidence in others' honesty is no light testimony of one's own integrity.
- Michel de Montaigne

The world is but a perpetual see-saw.
- Michel de Montaigne

Ignorance is the softest pillow on which a man can rest his head.
- Michel de Montaigne

Rejoice in the things that are present;
all else is beyond thee.
- Michel de Montaigne

Death, they say, acquits us of all obligations.
- Michel de Montaigne

Fortune, seeing that she could not make fools wise,
has made them lucky.
- Michel de Montaigne

There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.
- Michel de Montaigne

How many things we held yesterday as articles of faith
which today we tell as fables.
- Michel de Montaigne

No pleasure has any savor for me without communication.
- Michel de Montaigne

There is perhaps no more obvious vanity than to write of it so vainly.
- Michel de Montaigne

The world is all a carcass and vanity,
The shadow of a shadow, a play And in one word,
just nothing.
- Michel de Montaigne

Every one rushes elsewhere and into the future,
because no one wants to face one's own inner self.
- Michel de Montaigne

He who establishes his argument by noise and command
shows that his reason is weak.
- Michel de Montaigne

Covetousness is both the beginning and the end of the devil's alphabet -
the first vice in corrupt nature that moves,
and the last which dies.
- Michel de Montaigne

If ordinary people complain that I speak too much of myself,
I complain that they do not even think of themselves.
- Michel de Montaigne

There is little less trouble in governing a private
family than a whole kingdom.
- Michel de Montaigne

It should be noted that children at play are not playing about;
their games should be seen as their most serious-minded activity.
- Michel de Montaigne

Once conform, once do what others do because they do it,
and a kind of lethargy steals over all the finer senses of the soul.
- Michel de Montaigne

The thing I fear most is fear.
- Michel de Montaigne

The confidence in another man's virtue is no light evidence of a man's own,
and God willingly favors such a confidence.
- Michel de Montaigne

Wit is a dangerous weapon, even to the possessor,
if he knows not how to use it discreetly.
- Michel de Montaigne

There is no passion so contagious as that of fear.
- Michel de Montaigne

I have never seen a greater monster or miracle in the world than myself.
- Michel de Montaigne

Not being able to govern events, I govern myself.
- Michel de Montaigne

I care not so much what I am to others as what I am to myself.
I will be rich by myself, and not by borrowing.
- Michel de Montaigne

I write to keep from going mad from the contradictions I find among mankind -
and to work some of those contradictions out for myself.
- Michel de Montaigne

We can be knowledgable with other men's knowledge but
we cannot be wise with other men's wisdom.
- Michel de Montaigne

A straight oar looks bent in the water.
What matters is not merely that we see things but how we see them.
- Michel de Montaigne

Valor is stability, not of legs and arms,
but of courage and the soul.
- Michel de Montaigne

Love to his soul gave eyes; he knew things are not as they seem.
The dream is his real life; the world around him is the dream.
- Michel de Montaigne

A wise man sees as much as he ought,
not as much as he can.
- Michel de Montaigne

The way of the world is to make laws,
but follow custom.
- Michel de Montaigne

It is the mind that maketh good or ill,
That maketh wretch or happy, rich or poor.
- Michel de Montaigne

Any person of honor chooses rather to lose his honor
than to lose his conscience.
- Michel de Montaigne

It is not death, it is dying that alarms me.
- Michel de Montaigne

A man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears.
- Michel de Montaigne

Poverty of goods is easily cured; poverty of soul,
impossible.
- Michel de Montaigne

It is an absolute and virtually divine perfection to
know how to enjoy our being rightfully.
- Michel de Montaigne

There is no conversation more boring than the one where everybody agrees.
- Michel de Montaigne

Confidence in the goodness of another is good proof of one's own goodness.
- Michel de Montaigne

The ceaseless labour of your life is to build the house of death.
- Michel de Montaigne

Stubborn and ardent clinging to one's opinion is the best proof of stupidity.
- Michel de Montaigne

The finest souls are those that have the most variety and suppleness.
- Michel de Montaigne

Age imprints more wrinkles in the mind than it does on the face.
- Michel de Montaigne

He who fears he shall suffer, already suffers what he fears.
- Michel de Montaigne

Ambition is not a vice of little people.
- Michel de Montaigne

There is not much less vexation in the government of
a private family than in the managing of an entire state.
- Michel de Montaigne

It is a sign of contraction of the mind when it is content,
or of weariness.
A spirited mind never stops within itself;
it is always aspiring and going beyond its strength.
- Michel de Montaigne

In nine lifetimes, you'll never know as much about
your cat as your cat knows about you.
- Michel de Montaigne

We are Christians by the same title as we are natives of Perigord or Germany.
- Michel de Montaigne

Make your educational laws strict and your criminal ones can be gentle;
but if you leave youth its liberty you will have to dig dungeons for ages.
- Michel de Montaigne

Fame and tranquility can never be bedfellows.
- Michel de Montaigne

Of all our infirmities, the most savage is to despise our being.
- Michel de Montaigne


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