Michel Eyquem de Montaigne Quotes

162 Michel Eyquem de Montaigne quotes:

"How many things served us but yesterday as articles of faith, which today we deem but fables?"
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"Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know."
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"When I am attacked by gloomy thoughts, nothing helps me so much as running to my books, They quickly absorb me and banish the clouds from my mind."
"There is no pleasure to me without communication: there is not so much as a sprightly thought comes into my mind that it does not grieve me to have produced alone, and that I have no one to tell it to."
"It is good to rub and polish our brain against that of others."
"Confidence in the goodness of another is good proof of one's own goodness."
"In my opinion, the most fruitful and natural play of the mind is in conversation. I find it sweeter than any other action in life; and if I were forced to choose, I think I would rather lose my sight than my hearing and voice. The study of books is a drowsy and feeble exercise which does not warm you up."
"There is no conversation more boring than the one where everybody agrees."
"Perhaps it is not without reason that we attribute facility in belief and conviction to simplicity and ignorance; for it seems to me I once learned that belief was sort of an impression made on our mind, and that the softer it is the less resistant t"
"If you don't know how to die, don't worry; Nature will tell you what to do on the spot, fully and adequately. She will do this job perfectly for you; don't bother your head about it."
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"Desire and hope will push us on toward the future"
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"It is humankind's duty to respect all life, not only animals have feelings but even also trees and plants"
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"The beauty of stature is the only beauty of men."
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"The daughter-in-law of Pythagoras said that a woman who goes to bed with a man ought to lay aside her modesty with her skirt, and put it on again with her petticoat"
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"The most manifest sign of wisdom is continued cheerfulness."
"The plainest sign of wisdom is a continual cheerfulness: her state is like that of things in the regions above the moon, always clear and serene"
"The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness."
"The most manifest sign of wisdom is a continual cheerfulness; her state is like that in the regions above the moon, always clear and serene."
"Fortune, seeing that she could not make fools wise, has made them lucky."
"I love those historians that are either very simple or most excellent. Such as are between both (which is the most common fashion), it is they that spoil all; they will needs chew our meat for us and take upon them a law to judge, and by consequence to square and incline the story according to their fantasy."

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