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

Unless a man feels he has a good enough memory, he should never venture to lie.


He who fears he shall suffer, already suffers what he fears.


Every man bears the whole stamp of the human condition.


Of all our infirmities, the most savage is to despise our being.


A wise man never loses anything, if he has himself.


I know well what I am fleeing from but not what I am in search of.


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.


Virtue rejects facility to be her companion. She requires a craggy, rough and thorny way.


The ceaseless labour of your life is to build the house of death.


The entire lower world was created in the likeness of the higher world. All that exists in the higher world appears like an image in this lower world; yet all this is but One.


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.


Lend yourself to others, but give yourself to yourself.


We can be knowledgable with other men's knowledge but we cannot be wise with other men's wisdom.


The world is but a perpetual see-saw.


The beautiful souls are they that are universal, open, and ready for all things.


If a man should importune me to give a reason why I loved him, I find it could no otherwise be expressed, than by making answer: because it was he, because it was I.


Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul.

    Topics: Courage

Fortune, seeing that she could not make fools wise, has made them lucky.


We are Christians by the same title as we are natives of Perigord or Germany.


The worst of my actions or conditions seem not so ugly unto me as I find it both ugly and base not to dare to avouch for them.


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