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Michel Eyquem de Montaigne Quotes

162 Michel Eyquem de Montaigne quotes:

"He who lives not to others, lives little to himself."
Author: Montaigne Quotes Category: Service Quotes
"How many things served us but yesterday as articles of faith, which today we deem but fables?"
Author: Montaigne Quotes Category: Belief Quotes
"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."
"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."
"Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul."
"There are some defeats more triumphant than victories."
"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."
"We need very strong ears to hear ourselves judged frankly, and because there are few who can endure frank criticism without being stung by it, those who venture to criticize us perform a remarkable act of friendship, for to undertake to wound or offe"
"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."
Author: Montaigne Quotes Category: Death Quotes
"There never were in the world two opinions alike, no more than two hairs or two grains; the most universal quality is diversity"
"He who fears will suffer, he already suffers from his fear."
"Not being able to govern events, I govern myself."
"There are defeats more triumphant than victories."
Author: Montaigne Quotes Category: Failure Quotes
"There is no passion so contagious as that of fear."
Author: Montaigne Quotes Category: Fear Quotes
"No profession or occupation is more pleasing than the military; a profession or exercise both noble in execution (for the strongest, most generous and proudest of all virtues is true valor) and noble in its cause. No utility either more just or universal than the protection of the repose or defense of the greatness of one's country. The company and daily conversation of so many noble, young and active men cannot but be well-pleasing to you."
"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"
Author: Montaigne Quotes Category: Bed Quotes

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