Michel de Montaigne Quotes

Michel de Montaigne

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Even on the most exalted throne in the world we areonly sitting on our own bottom.

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When I play with my cat, who knows if I am not more of a pastime to her than she is to me?

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Truly, it is not want, but rather abundance, that breeds avarice.

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Ambition is not a vice of little people.

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It is not death, it is dying that alarms me.

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If you don't know how to die, don't worry; Nature will tell you what to do on the spot, fully and adequately. She will do this job perfectly for you; don't bother your head about it.

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Death, they say, acquits us of all obligations.

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Confidence in the goodness of another is good proof of one's own goodness.

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I do myself a greater injury in lying than I do him of whom I tell a lie.

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One may be humble out of pride.

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'Tis the sharpness of our mind that gives the edge to our pains and pleasures.

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My trade and art is to live.

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As an enemy is made more fierce by our flight, so Pain grows proud to see us knuckle under it. She will surrender upon much better terms to those who make head against her.

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Hath God obliged himself not to exceed the bounds of our knowledge?

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The world is but a perpetual see-saw.

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Nothing fixes a thing so intensely in the memory as the wish to forget it.

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There is nothing more notable in Socrates than that he found time, when he was an old man, to learn music and dancing, and thought it time well spent.

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When I am attacked by gloomy thoughts, nothing helps me so much as running to my books. They quickly absorb me and banish the clouds from my mind.

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There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.

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Man is certainly stark mad. He cannot make a worm, and yet he will be making gods by dozens.

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Nothing fixes a thing so intensely in the memory as the wish to forget it.

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

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There is nothing more notable in Socrates than that he found time, when he was an old man, to learn music and dancing, and thought it time well spent.

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There is as much difference between us and ourselves as there is between us and others.

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

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He who is not very strong in memory should not meddle with lying.

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No man is exempt from saying silly things; the mischief is to say them deliberately.

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The most profound joy has more of gravity than of gaiety in it.

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So it is with minds. Unless you keep them busy with some definite subject that will bridle and control them, they throw themselves in disorder hither and yon in the vague field of imagination. ..And there is no mad or idle fancy that they do no bring forth in the agitation.

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Fashion is the science of appearances, and it inspires one with the desire to seem rather than to be.

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There is no conversation more boring than the one where everybody agrees.

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He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak.

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I believe it to be true that dreams are the true interpreters of our inclinations; but there is art required to sort and understand them.

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The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.

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I care not so much what I am to others as what I am to myself.

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Wise men have more to learn of fools than fools of wise men.

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The art of dining well is no slight art, the pleasure not a slight pleasure.

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A man of understanding has lost nothing, if he has himself.

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Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know.

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To philosophize is to doubt.

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Since we cannot match it let us take our revenge by abusing it.

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Ambition is not a vice of little people.

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He who establishes his argument by noise and command, shows that his reason is weak.

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He who has not a good memory should never take upon himself the trade of lying.

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Malice sucks up the greater part of her own venom, and poisons herself.

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It is easier to write an indifferent poem than to understand a good one.

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We have more poets thatnjudges and interpreters of poetry. It is easier to write an indifferent poem that to understand a good one.

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I quote others only in order the better to express myself.

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Man is certainly stark mad; he cannot make a flea, yet he makes gods by the dozens.

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When all is summed up, a man never speaks of himself without loss; his accusations of himself are always believed; his praises never.

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In the education of children there is nothing like alluring the interest and affection, otherwise you only make so many asses laden with books.

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It is good to rub and polish our brain against that of others

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