Quotes by Michel Eyquem De Montaigne

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

A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband.
I was not long since in a company where I was not who of my fraternity brought news of a kind of pills, by true account, composed of a hundred and odd several ingredients; whereat we laughed very heartily, and made ourselves good sport; for what rock so hard were able to resist the shock or withstand the force of so thick and numerous a battery?
The memory represents to us not what we choose but what it pleases.
He who has not a good memory should never take upon himself the trade of lying.
It is much more easy to accuse the one sex than to excuse the other.
I have never seen a greater monster or miracle than myself.
Taking it all in all, I find it is more trouble to watch after money than to get it.
Let Nature have her way; she understands her business better than we do.
There never was in the world two opinions alike, no more than two hairs or two grains. The most universal quality is diversity.
It happens as one sees in cages: the birds who are outside despair of ever getting in, and those within are equally desirous of getting out
There is no course of life so weak and Scottish as that which is ordered by orders, method, and discipline.
Scratching is one of nature's sweetest gratifications, and the one nearest at hand.
I conceive that pleasures are to be avoided if greater pains be the consequence, and pains to be coveted that will terminate in greater pleasures.
It is easier to write an indifferent poem than to understand a good one.
Once you have decided to keep a certain pile, it is no longer yours; for you can't spend it.
A wise man sees as much as he ought, not as much as he can.
The worthiest man to be known, and for a pattern to be presented to the world, he is the man of whom we have most certain knowledge. He hath been declared and enlightened by the most clear-seeing men that ever were; the testimonies we have of him are in faithfulness and sufficiency most admirable.
We endeavor more that men should speak of us, than how and what they speak, and it sufficeth us that our name run in men's mouths, in what manner soever. It stemma that to be known is in some sort to have life and continuance in other men's keeping.
The same reason that makes us chide and brawl and fall out with any of our neighbors, causeth a war to follow between Princes.
I prefer the company of peasants because they have not been educated sufficiently to reason incorrectly.
Have you known how to take rest? You have done more than he who hath taken empires and cities.
One may disavow and disclaim vices that surprise us, and whereto our passions transport us; but those which by long habits are rooted in a strong and powerful will are not subject to contradiction. Repentance is but a denying of our will, and an opposition of our fantasies.
Princes give me sufficiently if they take nothing from me, and do me much good if they do me no hurt; it is all I require of them.
The greatest thing in the world is to know how to be self-sufficient.
Few men have been admired of their familiars.
He who lives not to others, lives little to himself.
After mature deliberation of counsel, the good Queen to establish a rule and immutable example unto all posterity, for the moderation and required modesty in a lawful marriage, ordained the number of six times a day as a lawful, necessary and competent limit.
Obstinacy is the sister of constancy, at least in vigor and stability.
It is the part of cowardliness, and not of virtue, to seek to squat itself in some hollow lurking hole, or to hide herself under some massive tomb, thereby to shun the strokes of fortune.
In the education of children there is nothing like alluring the interest and affection, otherwise you only make so many asses laden with books.
In plain truth, lying is an accursed vice. We are not men, nor have any other tie upon another, but by our word.
Lying is a terrible vice, it testifies that one despises God, but fears men.
It would be better to have no laws at all, than to have too many.
I see men ordinarily more eager to discover a reason for things than to find out whether the things are so.
It is a common seen by experience that excellent memories do often accompany weak judgments.
The weeping of an heir is laughter in disguise.
No man is so exquisitely honest or upright in living, but that ten times in his life he might not lawfully be hanged.
My home...It is my retreat and resting place from wars, I try to keep this corner as a haven against the tempest outside, as I do another corner in my soul.
I love those historians that are either very simple or most excellent. Such as are between both (which is the most common fashion), it is they that spoil all; they will needs chew our meat for us and take upon them a law to judge, and by consequence to square and incline the story according to their fantasy.
The smallest annoyances, disturb us the most.
It is not the want, but rather abundance that creates avarice.
To honor him whom we have made is far from honoring him that hath made us..
Even from their infancy we frame them to the sports of love: their instruction, behavior, attire, grace, learning and all their words azimuth only at love, respects only affection. Their nurses and their keepers imprint no other thing in them.
If a man urge me to tell wherefore I loved him, I feel it cannot be expressed but by answering: Because it was he, because it was myself.
There is not much less vexation in the government of a private family than in the managing of an entire state.
There is little less trouble in governing a private family than a whole kingdom.
Example is a bright looking-glass, universal and for all shapes to look into.
But sure there is need of other remedies than dreaming, a weak contention of art against nature.
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.
Death, they say, acquits us of all obligations.
If you don't know how to die, don't worry; Nature will tell you what to do on the spot, fully and adequately. She will do this job perfectly for you; don't bother your head about it.
It is not death that alarms me, but dying.
Dying is a very dull, dreary affair. My advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it.
I want death to find me planting my cabbage
The way of the world is to make laws, but follow custom.
Since we cannot attain unto it, let us revenge ourselves with railing against it.
In my opinion, the most fruitful and natural play of the mind is in conversation. I find it sweeter than any other action in life; and if I were forced to choose, I think I would rather lose my sight than my hearing and voice. The study of books is a drowsy and feeble exercise which does not warm you up.
Confidence in another person's virtue is no light evidence of your own.

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