Michel 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 man of understanding has lost nothing, if he has himself.
Ambition is not a vice of little people.
Don't discuss yourself, for you are bound to lose if you belittle yourself, you are believed if you praise yourself, you are disbelieved.
Each man calls barbarism whatever is not his own practice...for we have no other criterion of reason than the example and idea of the opinions and customs of the country we live in.
Even on the highest throne in the world, we are still sitting on our ass.
Fashion is the science of appearances, and it inspires one with the desire to seem rather than to be.
He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak.
He who establishes his argument by noise and command, shows that his reason is weak.
He who has not a good memory should never take upon himself the trade of lying.
He who is not very strong in memory should not meddle with lying.
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.
I care not so much what I am to others as what I am to myself.
I consider myself an average man, except in the fact that I consider myself an average man.
I prefer the company of peasants because they have not been educated sufficiently to reason incorrectly.
I quote others in order to better express myself.
I will follow the right side even to the fire, but excluding the fire if I can.
If there is such a thing as a good marriage, it is because it resembles friendship rather than love.
In the education of children there is nothing like alluring the interest and affection, otherwise you only make so many asses laden with books.
It is a common seen by experience that excellent memories do often accompany weak judgments.
It is easier to write an indifferent poem than to understand a good one.
It is good to rub and polish our brain against that of others
Malice sucks up the greater part of her own venom, and poisons herself.
Man is certainly stark mad. He cannot make a worm, and yet he will be making gods by dozens.
Man is certainly stark mad; he cannot make a flea, yet he makes gods by the dozens.
No man is exempt from saying silly things the mischief is to say them deliberately.
No man is exempt from saying silly things; the mischief is to say them deliberately.
Nothing fixes a thing so intensely in the memory as the wish to forget it.
Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know.
Once you have decided to keep a certain pile, it is no longer yours; for you can't spend it.
Since we cannot match it let us take our revenge by abusing it.
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.
The art of dining well is no slight art, the pleasure not a slight pleasure.
The confidence in another man's virtue is no light evidence of a man's own, and God willingly favors such a confidence.
The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.
The most profound joy has more of gravity than of gaiety in it.
There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.
There is as much difference between us and ourselves as there is between us and others.
There is no conversation more boring than the one where everybody agrees.
There is not much less vexation in the government of a private family than in the managing of an entire state.
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.
Virtue craves a steep and thorny path.
We have more poets thatnjudges and interpreters of poetry. It is easier to write an indifferent poem that to understand a good one.
We only labor to stuff the memory, and leave the conscience and the understanding unfurnished and void.
When all is summed up, a man never speaks of himself without loss; his accusations of himself are always believed; his praises never.
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.
Wise men have more to learn of fools than fools of wise men.

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