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Michel de Montaigne

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (28 February 1533 - 13 September 1592) was an influential French Renaissance writer, generally considered to be the inventor of the personal essay.
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Marriage...we cannot do without it, and yet we disgrace and vilify the same. It may be compared to a cage, the birds without despair to get in, and those within despair to get out.

Michel de Montaigne

He who lives not to others, lives little to himself.

Michel de Montaigne

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

Michel de Montaigne

Don't discuss yourself, for you are bound to lose; if you belittle yourself, you are believed; if you praise yourself, you are disbelieved.

Michel de Montaigne

To philosophize is to doubt.

Michel de Montaigne

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.

Michel de Montaigne

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

Michel de Montaigne

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

Michel de Montaigne

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

Michel de Montaigne

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

Michel de Montaigne

Ambition is not a vice of little people.

Michel de Montaigne

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

Michel de Montaigne

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.

Michel de Montaigne

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 not bring forth in the agitation.

Michel de Montaigne

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

Michel de Montaigne

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

Michel de Montaigne

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

Michel de Montaigne

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

Michel de Montaigne

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

Michel de Montaigne

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

Michel de Montaigne

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

Michel de Montaigne

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

Michel de Montaigne

Even on the highest throne in the world, we are still sitting on our ass.

Michel de Montaigne

The greatest thing in the world is for a man to know how to be himself.

Michel de Montaigne

In nine lifetimes, you'll never know as much about your cat as your cat knows about you.

Michel de Montaigne
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