Michel Eyquem de Montaigne Quotes


162 Michel Eyquem de Montaigne quotes:



"I study myself more than any other subject. That is my metaphysics, that is my physics."
"Ignorance is the softest pillow on which a man can rest his head."
"It is the mind that maketh good or ill, That maketh wretch or happy, rich or poor."
"The finest souls are those that have the most variety and suppleness."
"The public weal requires that men should betray, and lie, and massacre."
"The value of life lies not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them... Whether you find satisfaction in life depends not on your tale of years, but on your will."
"There is no desire more natural than the desire for knowledge."
"'Tis the sharpness of our mind that gives the edge to our pains and pleasures."
"It should be noted that children at play are not playing about; their games should be seen as their most serious-minded activity."
"He who fears he shall suffer, already suffers what he fears."
"Of all our infirmities, the most savage is to despise our being."
"Once conform, once do what others do because they do it, and a kind of lethargy steals over all the finer senses of the soul."
"I care not so much what I am to others as what I am to myself. I will be rich by myself, and not by borrowing."
"One may be humble out of pride."
"The world is all a carcass and vanity, The shadow of a shadow, a play And in one word, just nothing."
"In true education, anything that comes to our hand is as good as a book: the prank of a page- boy, the blunder of a servant, a bit of table talk -- they are all part of the curriculum."
"Marriage is like a cage; one sees the birds outside desperate to get in, and those inside desperate to get out."
"A straight oar looks bent in the water. What matters is not merely that we see things but how we see them."
"A wise man never loses anything, if he has himself."
"An untempted woman cannot boast of her chastity."



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