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

It is good to rub and polish our brain against that of others.


An untempted woman cannot boast of her chastity.


A man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears.


How many condemnations I have witnessed more criminal than the crime!


There is no desire more natural than the desire for knowledge.


The public weal requires that men should betray, and lie, and massacre.


The strangest, most generous, and proudest of all virtues is true courage.

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There is not much less vexation in the government of a private family than in the managing of an entire state.


Poverty of goods is easily cured; poverty of soul, impossible.


I have often seen people uncivil by too much civility, and tiresome in their courtesy.


The way of the world is to make laws, but follow custom.


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.


Age imprints more wrinkles in the mind than it does on the face.


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.


How many things we held yesterday as articles of faith which today we tell as fables.


It is not death, it is dying that alarms me.


There is no passion so contagious as that of fear.


My life has been full of terrible misfortunes most of which never happened.


I quote others only in order the better to express myself.


One may be humble out of pride.


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