Quotes by Michel Eyquem De Montaigne

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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.
I know what I am fleeing from, but not what I am in search of.
Age imprints more wrinkles in the mind than it does on the face.
Poverty of goods is easily cured; poverty of the mind is irreparable.
The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness.
He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak.
Oh senseless man, who cannot possibly make a worm, and yet will make Gods by dozens.
I do myself a greater injury in lying than I do him of whom I tell a lie.
No wind favors him who has no destined port.
All the fame you should look for in life is to have lived it quietly.
We only labor to stuff the memory, and leave the conscience and the understanding unfurnished and void.
There is no conversation more boring than the one where everybody agrees.
Let us not be ashamed to speak what we shame not to think.
Those things that are dearest to us have cost us the most.
A man should ever be ready booted to take his journey.
When I am attacked by gloomy thoughts, nothing helps me so much as running to my books, They quickly absorb me and banish the clouds from my mind.
My life has been filled with terrible misfortune; most of which never happened.
The soul which has no fixed purpose in life is lost; to be everywhere, is to be nowhere.
True it is that she who escapeth safe and unpolluted from out the school of freedom, giveth more confidence of herself than she who comet sound out of the school of severity and restraint.
Of all the infirmities we have, the most savage is to despise our being.
We need very strong ears to hear ourselves judged frankly, and because there are few who can endure frank criticism without being stung by it, those who venture to criticize us perform a remarkable act of friendship, for to undertake to wound or offend a man for his own good is to have a healthy love for him.
The most profound joy has more of gravity than of gaiety in it.
Man is stark mad; he cannot make a flea, and yet he will be making gods by the dozens.
No wind serves him who addresses his voyage to no certain port.
Fortune, seeing that she could not make fools wise, has made them lucky.
There is no passion so contagious as that of fear.
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.
The strangest, most generous, and proudest of all virtues is true courage.
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.
Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know.
When I play with my cat, who knows whether she is not amusing herself with me more than I with her.
We can be knowledgeable with other men's knowledge, but we cannot be wise with other men's wisdom.
Wise people are foolish if they cannot adapt to foolish people.
Socrates thought and so do I that the wisest theory about the gods is no theory at all.
The most unhappy and frail creatures are men and yet they are the proudest.
I care not so much what I am in the opinion of others, as what I am in my own; I would be rich of myself and not by borrowing.
Experience has taught me this, that we undo ourselves by impatience. Misfortunes have their life and their limits, their sickness and their health.
There are few men who dare to publish to the world the prayers they make to Almighty God.
The great and glorious masterpiece of man is how to live with purpose.
Whether you find satisfaction in life depends not on your tale of years, but on your will.
My reason is not framed to bend or stoop: my knees are.
Even on the most exalted throne in the world we are only sitting on our own bottom.
Who feareth to suffer suffereth already, because he feareth.
He who is not very strong in memory should not meddle with lying.
Who does not in some sort live to others, does not live much to himself.
It should be noted that children's games are not merely games. One should regard them as their most serious activities.
It is very easy to accuse a government of imperfection, for all mortal things are full of it.
Ambition is not a vice of little people.
Nothing fixes a thing so intensly in the memory as the wish to forget it.
All the world knows me in my book, and my book in me.
The honor of the conquest is rated by the difficulty.
I tell the truth, not as much as I would like to, but as much as I dare. I dare more and more as I grow older.
The finest lives in my opinion are the common model, without miracle and without extravagance.
The word is half his that speaks, and half his that hears it.
We cannot do without it, and yet we disgrace and vilify the same. It may be compared to a cage, the birds without despair to get in, and those within despair to get out.

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