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Michel Eyquem de Montaigne Quotes

162 Michel Eyquem de Montaigne quotes:

"A man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears."
"Unless a man feels he has a good enough memory, he should never venture to lie."
"We can be knowledgable with other men's knowledge but we cannot be wise with other men's wisdom."
"Marriage is like a cage; one sees the birds outside desperate to get in, and those inside desperate to get out."
"Confidence in others' honesty is no light testimony of one's own integrity."
"Every one rushes elsewhere and into the future, because no one wants to face one's own inner self."
"I do myself a greater injury in lying than I do him of whom I tell a lie."
"I put forward formless and unresolved notions, as do those who publish doubtful questions to debate in the schools, not to establish the truth but to seek it."
"I quote others only in order the better to express myself."
"If ordinary people complain that I speak too much of myself, I complain that they do not even think of themselves."
"It is a monstrous thing that I will say, but I will say it all the same: I find in many things more restraint and order in my morals than in my opinions, and my lust less depraved than my reason."
"Lend yourself to others, but give yourself to yourself."
"Love to his soul gave eyes; he knew things are not as they seem. The dream is his real life; the world around him is the dream."
"Marriage, a market which has nothing free but the entrance."
"Stubborn and ardent clinging to one's opinion is the best proof of stupidity."
"There is perhaps no more obvious vanity than to write of it so vainly."
"Those who have compared our life to a dream were right... we were sleeping wake, and waking sleep."
"I write to keep from going mad from the contradictions I find among mankind - and to work some of those contradictions out for myself."
"It is an absolute and virtually divine perfection to know how to enjoy our being rightfully."
"If there is such a thing as a good marriage, it is because it resembles friendship rather than love."

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