Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (February 28, 1533 - September 13, 1592) was one of the most influential writers of the French Renaissance

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A wise man sees as much as he ought, not as much as he can.Rate it:
Anyone who does not feel sufficiently strong in memory should not meddle with lying.Rate it:
Children's playthings are not sports and should be deemed as their most serious actions.Rate it:
Even on the most exalted throne in the world we are only sitting on our own bottom.Rate it:
Friendship is the highest degree of perfection in society.Rate it:
God gives us our relatives- thank God we can choose our friends.Rate it:
He who fears he will suffer, already suffers because of his fear.Rate it:
He who would teach men to die would at the same time teach them to live.Rate it:
How many things which served us yesterday as articles of faith, are fables for us today.Rate it:
I quote others only in order the better to express myself.Rate it:
I speak the truth not so much as I would, but as much as I dare, and I dare a little more as I grow older.Rate it:
It is a sign of contraction of the mind when it is content, or of weariness.Rate it:
Man is quite insane. He wouldn't know how to create a maggot, and he creates Gods by the dozen.Rate it:
Marriage is like a cage one sees the birds outside desperate to get in, and those inside equally desperate to get out.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
Riches, like glory or heath, have no more beauty or pleasure than their possessor is pleased to lend them.Rate it:
The finest lives, in my opinion, are those who rank in the common model, and with the human race, but without miracle, without extravagance.Rate it:
The greatist thing in the world is for a man to know how to be himself.Rate it:
The want of goods is easily repaired, but the poverty of the soul is irreparable.Rate it:
There is no course of life so weak and sottish as that which is managed by order, method, and discipline.Rate it:
There never were, in the world, two opinions alike, no more than two hairs, or two grains the most universal quality is diversity.Rate it:
To philosophize is nothing else than to prepare oneself for death.Rate it:
To philosophize is to doubt.Rate it:
We are born to inquire into truth it belongs to a greater to possess it.Rate it:
We can be knowledgable with other men's knowledge but we cannot be wise with other men's wisdom.Rate it:

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