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Michel de Montaigne

1533-1592 ,  French thinker
Michel de MontaigneFrench writer whose Essais (Essays) established a new literary form. In his Essays he wrote one of the most captivating and intimate self-portraits ever given,

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What do I know?

Que sai-je?

Things are not bad in themselves, but our cowardice makes them so.

The thing I fear most is fear.

Every other knowledge is harmful to him who does not have knowledge of goodness.

If you press me to say why I loved him, I can say no more than it was because he was he, and I was I.

Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know.

The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.

He who does not give himself leisure to be thirsty cannot take pleasure in drinking.

When I play with my cat, who knows if I am not a pastime to her more than she is to me?

Man is forming thousands of ridiculous relations between himself and God.

Man is certainly crazy. He could not make a mite, and he makes gods by the dozen.

Physicians have this advantage: the sun lights their success and the earth covers their failures.

Every man bears the whole stamp of the human condition.

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.

It marriage happens as with cages: the birds without despair to get in, and those within despair of getting out.

There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.

There never was in the world two opinions alike, no more than two hairs or two grains; the most universal quality is diversity.

Few men have been admired by their own domestics.

A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband.

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

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

Fortune, seeing that she could not make fools wise, has made them lucky.

It is not death, it is dying that alarms me.

Marriage, a market which has nothing free but the entrance.

Nothing prints more lively in our minds than something we wish to forget.

We can be knowledgeable with other men's knowledge, but we cannot be wise with other men's wisdom.

Writing does not cause misery. It is born of misery.

On the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom.

No wind favors he who has no destined port.

Saying is one thing and doing is another.

Kings and philosophers shit -and so do ladies.

There is no more expensive thing than a free gift.

He who fears he will suffer, already suffers because of his fear.

Non-English Quotes

Mon métier et mon art, c'est vivre.

My trade and my art is living.

Que sais-je?

What do I know?


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