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

We only labor to stuff the memory, and leave the conscience and the understanding unfurnished and void.


There is no pleasure to me without communication: there is not so much as a sprightly thought comes into my mind that it does not grieve me to have produced alone, and that I have no one to tell it to.


It should be noted that children at play are not playing about; their games should be seen as their most serious-minded activity.


The thing I fear most is fear.


The confidence in another man's virtue is no light evidence of a man's own, and God willingly favors such a confidence.


It is the mind that maketh good or ill, That maketh wretch or happy, rich or poor.


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.


Fame and tranquility can never be bedfellows.


Those who have compared our life to a dream were right... we were sleeping wake, and waking sleep.


He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak.


In nine lifetimes, you'll never know as much about your cat as your cat knows about you.


Make your educational laws strict and your criminal ones can be gentle; but if you leave youth its liberty you will have to dig dungeons for ages.


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.


Marriage, a market which has nothing free but the entrance.


Nothing fixes a thing so intensely in the memory as the wish to forget it.


Marriage is like a cage; one sees the birds outside desperate to get in, and those inside equally desperate to get out.


My trade and art is to live.


If ordinary people complain that I speak too much of myself, I complain that they do not even think of themselves.


I have never seen a greater monster or miracle in the world than myself.


Confidence in the goodness of another is good proof of one's own goodness.


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