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

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 one rushes elsewhere and into the future, because no one wants to face one's own inner self.


Ignorance is the softest pillow on which a man can rest his head.


There is little less trouble in governing a private family than a whole kingdom.


A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband.


No wind serves him who addresses his voyage to no certain port.


I do myself a greater injury in lying than I do him of whom I tell a lie.


When I play with my cat, who knows whether she is not amusing herself with me more than I with her.


The world is all a carcass and vanity, The shadow of a shadow, a play And in one word, just nothing.


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.


For truly it is to be noted, that children's plays are not sports, and should be deemed as their most serious actions.


Stubborn and ardent clinging to one's opinion is the best proof of stupidity.


Few men have been admired of their familiars.


I do not speak the minds of others except to speak my own mind better.


There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.


If there is such a thing as a good marriage, it is because it resembles friendship rather than love.

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Ambition is not a vice of little people.


No pleasure has any savor for me without communication.


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.


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