Michel Eyquem de Montaigne Quotes


162 Michel Eyquem de Montaigne quotes:



"Any person of honor chooses rather to lose his honor than to lose his conscience."
"Confidence in others' honesty is no light testimony of one's own integrity."
"Covetousness is both the beginning and the end of the devil's alphabet - the first vice in corrupt nature that moves, and the last which dies."
"Every man bears the whole stamp of the human condition."
"Every one rushes elsewhere and into the future, because no one wants to face one's own inner self."
"Fame and tranquility can never be bedfellows."
"I do myself a greater injury in lying than I do him of whom I tell a lie."
"I do not speak the minds of others except to speak my own mind better."
"I have often seen people uncivil by too much civility, and tiresome in their courtesy."
"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."
"I set forth a humble and inglorious life; that does not matter. You can tie up all moral philosophy with a common and private life just as well as with a life of richer stuff. Each man bears the entire form of man's estate."
"I speak the truth not so much as I would, but as much as I dare, and I dare a little more as I grow older."
"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."
"It is a sign of contraction of the mind when it is content, or of weariness. A spirited mind never stops within itself; it is always aspiring and going beyond its strength."
"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."
"No pleasure has any savor for me without communication."



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