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Michel de Montaigne
February 28, 1533 - September 13, 1592
Nationality: French
Category: Philosopher
Subcategory: French Philosopher

Nothing is so firmly believed as what we least know.


A straight oar looks bent in the water. What matters is not merely that we see things but how we see them.


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.


It is an absolute and virtually divine perfection to know how to enjoy our being rightfully.


Rejoice in the things that are present; all else is beyond thee.


There is a sort of gratification in doing good which makes us rejoice in ourselves.


If you press me to say why I loved him, I can say no more than because he was he, and I was I.


There is no conversation more boring than the one where everybody agrees.


I study myself more than any other subject. That is my metaphysics, that is my physics.


The soul which has no fixed purpose in life is lost; to be everywhere, is to be nowhere.


The finest souls are those that have the most variety and suppleness.


If a man urge me to tell wherefore I loved him, I feel it cannot be expressed but by answering: Because it was he, because it was myself.


Death, they say, acquits us of all obligations.


Let us not be ashamed to speak what we shame not to think.


I prefer the company of peasants because they have not been educated sufficiently to reason incorrectly.


Not being able to govern events, I govern myself.


I write to keep from going mad from the contradictions I find among mankind - and to work some of those contradictions out for myself.


Wit is a dangerous weapon, even to the possessor, if he knows not how to use it discreetly.


'Tis the sharpness of our mind that gives the edge to our pains and pleasures.


Let us permit nature to have her way. She understands her business better than we do.


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