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Michel Eyquem de Montaigne quotes (40)

Virtue can have naught to do with ease.... It craves a steep and thorny path.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne   Category: Virtue

Men are most apt to believe what they least understand.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne   Category: Understand

To philosophize is to doubt.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne   Category: Doubt

Let us give Nature a chance; she knows her business better than we do.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne   Category: Nature

The mind is a dangerous weapon even to the possessor if he knows not discreetly how to use it.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne   Category: Mind

There never were in the world two opinions alike no more than two hairs or two grains; the most universal quality is diversity.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne   Category: Opinion

A man of understanding has lost nothing if he has himself.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne   Category: Wise

There is no man so good that if he placed all his actions and thoughts under the scrutiny of the laws he would not deserve hanging ten times in his life.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne   Category: Hanging

I know well what I am fleeing from but not what I am in search of.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne   Category: Me

I quote others only the better to express myself.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne   Category: Others

He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne   Category: Argument

Every man bears the whole stamp of the human condition.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne   Category: Housework

When I play with my cat who knows whether I do not make her more sport than she makes me? When I play with my cat who knows if I am not a pastime to her more than she is to me? When I play with my cat who knows if I am not more of a pastime to her than she is to me?
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne   Category: Amusement

I have here only made a nosegay of culled flowers and have brought nothing of my own but the thread that ties them together.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne   Category: Quotations

The old believe everything; the middle-aged suspect everything; the young know everything.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne   Category: Age

How many valiant men we have seen to survive their own reputation!
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne   Category: Reputation

If you press me to say why I loved him I can say no more than because he was he and I was I.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne   Category: Love

We have more poets than judges and interpreters of poetry. It is easier to write an indifferent poem than to understand a good one.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne   Category: Poetry

The thing I fear most is fear.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne   Category: Fear

Man is certainly stark mad; he cannot make a flea and yet he will be making gods by dozens. different translation Man is certainly crazy. He could not make a mite and he makes gods by the dozen.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne   Category: Religion

I speak the truth not my fill of it but as much as I dare speak and I dare to do so a little more as I grow old.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne   Category: Truth

There is no conversation more boring than the one where everybody agrees.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne   Category: Agreement

Ambition is not a vice of little people.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne   Category: Ambition

We can be knowledgable with other mens knowledge but we cannot be wise with other mens wisdom.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne   Category: Knowledge

Since we cannot match it let us take our revenge by abusing it.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne   Category: Revenge

No matter that we may mount on stilts we still must walk on our own legs. And on the highest throne in the world we still sit only on our own bottom.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne   Category: Unsorted

I have seen no more evident monstrosity and miracle in the world than myself.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne   Category: Monster

In the education of children there is nothing like alluring the interest and affection otherwise you only make so many asses laden with books.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne   Category: Children

A man must be a little mad if he does not want to be even more stupid.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne   Category: Madness

Everyone recognizes me in my book and my book in me.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne   Category: Prudent

How many things served us yesterday for articles of faith which today are fables to us!
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne   Category: Faith

We need very strong ears to hear ourselves judged frankly and because there are few who can endure frank criticism without being stung by it those who venture to criticize us perform a remarkable act of friendship for to undertake to wound or offend a man for his own good is to have a healthy love for him.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne   Category: Crisis

When all is summed up a man never speaks of himself without loss; his accusations of himself are always believed; his praises never.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne   Category: Conceit

Marriage may be compared to a cage: the birds outside frantic to get in and those inside frantic to get out.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne   Category: Marriage

Nothing is so firmly believed as what is least known.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne   Category: Belief

The most manifest sign of wisdom is continued cheerfulness.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne   Category: Cheerful

Malice sucks up the greater part of her own venom and poisons herself.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne   Category: Wickedness

My trade and my art is living.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne   Category: Life

He who would teach men to die would teach them to live.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne   Category: Death

Few men have been admired by their own households.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne   Category: Character