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Michel de Montaigne Quotes

Montaigne was one of the most influential writers of the French Renaissance.
(1533 - 1592)

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'Tis a cowardly and servile humor to hide and disguise a man's self under a visor, and not to dare to show himself what he is. By that our followers are trained up to treachery. Being brought up to speak what is not true, they make no conscience of a lie.

'Tis sad work to be at that pass, that the best trial of truth must be the multitude of believers, in a crowd where the number of fools so much exceeds that of the wise.

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

A man must live in the world and make the best of it, such as it is.

A man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears.

A man's accusations of himself are always believed; his praises of self never.

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

A tutor should not be continually thundering instruction into the ears of his pupil, as if he were pouring it through a funnel, but induce him to think, to distinguish, and to find out things for himself; sometimes opening the way, at other times leaving it for him to open; and so accommodate his precepts to the capacity of his pupil.

A well bred man is always sociable and complaisant.

A wise man never loses anything, if he has himself.

A wise man sees as much as he ought, not as much as he can.

Admiration is the foundation of all philosophy; investigation the progress; and ignorance the end.

After a tongue has once got the knack of lying, 'tis not to be imagined how impossible almost it is to reclaim it. Whence it comes to pass that we see some men, who are otherwise very honest, so subject to this vice.

Age imprints more wrinkles in the mind than it does on the face.

All other knowledge is hurtful to him who has not the science of honesty and good nature.

All the fame I look for in life is to have lived it quietly.

Ambition is not a vice of little people.

An untempted woman cannot boast of her chastity.

Any person of honor chooses rather to lose his honor than to lose his conscience.

As fermenting in a vessel works up to the top whatever it has in the bottom, so wine, in those who have drunk beyond measure, vents the most inward secrets.

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