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Michel de Montaigne Quote: “Lend yourself to others, but give yourself to yourself.”

Lend yourself to others, but give yourself to yourself.

— Michel de Montaigne



Michel de Montaigne Quote: “There is no conversation more boring than the one where everybody agrees.”

There is no conversation more boring than the one where everybody agrees.

— Michel de Montaigne


Michel de Montaigne Quote: “Ambition is not a vice of little people.”

Ambition is not a vice of little people.

— Michel de Montaigne


Michel de Montaigne Quote: “If there is such a thing as a good marriage, it is because it resembles friendship rather than love.”

If there is such a thing as a good marriage, it is because it resembles friendship rather than love.

— Michel de Montaigne


Michel de Montaigne Quote: “Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul.”

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

— Michel de Montaigne


Michel de Montaigne Quote: “My life has been full of terrible misfortunes most of which never happened.”

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

— Michel de Montaigne


Michel de Montaigne Quote: “A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband.”

A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband.

— Michel de Montaigne


Michel de Montaigne Quote: “A man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears.”

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

— Michel de Montaigne


Michel de Montaigne Quote: “Kings and philosophers defecate, and so do ladies.”

Kings and philosophers defecate, and so do ladies.

— Michel de Montaigne


Michel de Montaigne Quote: “The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness.”

The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness.

— Michel de Montaigne



Michel de Montaigne Quote: “No wind favors he who has no destined port.”

No wind favors he who has no destined port.

— Michel de Montaigne


Michel de Montaigne Quote: “The soul which has no fixed purpose in life is lost; to be everywhere, is to be nowhere.”

The soul which has no fixed purpose in life is lost; to be everywhere, is to be nowhere.

— Michel de Montaigne


Michel de Montaigne Quote: “No noble thing can be done without risks.”

No noble thing can be done without risks.

— Michel de Montaigne


Michel de Montaigne Quote: “The beautiful souls are they that are universal, open, and ready for all things.”

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

— Michel de Montaigne


Michel de Montaigne Quote: “Stubborn and ardent clinging to one’s opinion is the best proof of stupidity.”

Stubborn and ardent clinging to one’s opinion is the best proof of stupidity.

— Michel de Montaigne


Michel de Montaigne Quote: “A man is not hurt so much by what happens, as by his opinion of what happens.”

A man is not hurt so much by what happens, as by his opinion of what happens.

— Michel de Montaigne


Michel de Montaigne Quote: “There were many terrible things in my life and most of them never happened.”

There were many terrible things in my life and most of them never happened.

— Michel de Montaigne


Michel de Montaigne Quote: “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.”

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.

— Michel de Montaigne


Michel de Montaigne Quote: “The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.”

The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.

— Michel de Montaigne


Michel de Montaigne Quote: “I consider myself an average man, except in the fact that I consider myself an average man.”

I consider myself an average man, except in the fact that I consider myself an average man.

— Michel de Montaigne



Michel de Montaigne Quote: “We do not know where death awaits us: so let us wait for it everywhere. To practice death is to practice freedom. A man who has learned how to die has unlearned how to be a slave.”

We do not know where death awaits us: so let us wait for it everywhere. To practice death is to practice freedom. A man who has learned how to die has unlearned how to be a slave.

— Michel de Montaigne


Michel de Montaigne Quote: “I listen with attention to the judgment of all men; but so far as I can remember, I have followed none but my own.”

I listen with attention to the judgment of all men; but so far as I can remember, I have followed none but my own.

— Michel de Montaigne


Michel de Montaigne Quote: “Don’t discuss yourself, for you are bound to lose; if you belittle yourself, you are believed; if you praise yourself, you are disbelieved.”

Don’t discuss yourself, for you are bound to lose; if you belittle yourself, you are believed; if you praise yourself, you are disbelieved.

— Michel de Montaigne


Michel de Montaigne Quote: “There never were, in the world, two opinions alike, no more than two hairs, or two grains; the most universal quality is diversity.”

There never were, in the world, two opinions alike, no more than two hairs, or two grains; the most universal quality is diversity.

— Michel de Montaigne


Michel de Montaigne Quote: “Children’s games are hardly games. Children are never more serious than when they play.”

Children’s games are hardly games. Children are never more serious than when they play.

— Michel de Montaigne


Michel de Montaigne Quote: “My art and profession is to live.”

My art and profession is to live.

— Michel de Montaigne


Michel de Montaigne Quote: “The most universal quality is diversity.”

The most universal quality is diversity.

— Michel de Montaigne


Michel de Montaigne Quote: “Learned we may be with another man’s learning: we can only be wise with wisdom of our own.”

Learned we may be with another man’s learning: we can only be wise with wisdom of our own.

— Michel de Montaigne


Michel de Montaigne Quote: “Nothing is so firmly believed as what we least know.”

Nothing is so firmly believed as what we least know.

— Michel de Montaigne


Michel de Montaigne Quote: “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.”

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.

— Michel de Montaigne


Michel de Montaigne Quote: “Obsession is the wellspring of genius and madness.”

Obsession is the wellspring of genius and madness.

— Michel de Montaigne


Michel de Montaigne Quote: “I want death to find me planting my cabbages, but careless of death, and still more of my unfinished garden.”

I want death to find me planting my cabbages, but careless of death, and still more of my unfinished garden.

— Michel de Montaigne


Michel de Montaigne Quote: “We need to interpret interpretations more than to interpret things.”

We need to interpret interpretations more than to interpret things.

— Michel de Montaigne


Michel de Montaigne Quote: “All the fame you should look for in life is to have lived it quietly.”

All the fame you should look for in life is to have lived it quietly.

— Michel de Montaigne


Michel de Montaigne Quote: “A man must keep a little back shop where he can be himself without reserve. In solitude alone can he know true freedom.”

A man must keep a little back shop where he can be himself without reserve. In solitude alone can he know true freedom.

— Michel de Montaigne


Michel de Montaigne Quote: “We cannot fail in following nature.”

We cannot fail in following nature.

— Michel de Montaigne


Michel de Montaigne Quote: “Friendship is the highest degree of perfection in society.”

Friendship is the highest degree of perfection in society.

— Michel de Montaigne


Michel de Montaigne Quote: “A liar would be brave toward God, while he is a coward toward men; for a lie faces God, and shrinks from man.”

A liar would be brave toward God, while he is a coward toward men; for a lie faces God, and shrinks from man.

— Michel de Montaigne


Michel de Montaigne Quote: “Wise people are foolish if they cannot adapt to foolish people.”

Wise people are foolish if they cannot adapt to foolish people.

— Michel de Montaigne


Michel de Montaigne Quote: “When I dance, I dance; when I sleep, I sleep; yes, and when I walk alone in a beautiful orchard, if my thoughts drift to far-off matters for some part of the time for some other part I lead them back again to the walk, the orchard, to the sweetness of this solitude, to myself.”

When I dance, I dance; when I sleep, I sleep; yes, and when I walk alone in a beautiful orchard, if my thoughts drift to far-off matters for some part of the time for some other part I lead them back again to the walk, the orchard, to the sweetness of this solitude, to myself.

— Michel de Montaigne


Michel de Montaigne Quote: “Men are nothing until they are excited.”

Men are nothing until they are excited.

— Michel de Montaigne


Michel de Montaigne Quote: “One should always have one’s boots on and be ready to leave.”

One should always have one’s boots on and be ready to leave.

— Michel de Montaigne


Michel de Montaigne Quote: “Not being able to govern events, I govern myself, and apply myself to them if they will not apply themselves to me.”

Not being able to govern events, I govern myself, and apply myself to them if they will not apply themselves to me.

— Michel de Montaigne


Michel de Montaigne Quote: “I know that the arms of friendship are long enough to reach from the one end of the world to the other.”

I know that the arms of friendship are long enough to reach from the one end of the world to the other.

— Michel de Montaigne


Michel de Montaigne Quote: “Wonder is the foundation of all philosophy, inquiry the progress, ignorance the end.”

Wonder is the foundation of all philosophy, inquiry the progress, ignorance the end.

— Michel de Montaigne


Michel de Montaigne Quote: “We trouble our life by thoughts about death, and our death by thoughts about life.”

We trouble our life by thoughts about death, and our death by thoughts about life.

— Michel de Montaigne


Michel de Montaigne Quote: “Ignorance is the softest pillow on which a man can rest his head.”

Ignorance is the softest pillow on which a man can rest his head.

— Michel de Montaigne


Michel de Montaigne Quote: “The world is all a carcass and vanity, The shadow of a shadow, a play And in one word, just nothing.”

The world is all a carcass and vanity, The shadow of a shadow, a play And in one word, just nothing.

— Michel de Montaigne


Michel de Montaigne Quote: “Love is like playing the piano. First you must learn to play by the rules, then you must forget the rules and play from your heart. If I were pressed to say why I loved him, I feel that my only reply could be: Because it was he, because it was I.”

Love is like playing the piano. First you must learn to play by the rules, then you must forget the rules and play from your heart. If I were pressed to say why I loved him, I feel that my only reply could be: Because it was he, because it was I.

— Michel de Montaigne


Michel de Montaigne Quote: “It is in vain that we get upon stilts, for once on them, it is still with our legs that we must walk. And on the highest throne in the world we are still sitting on our own ass.”

It is in vain that we get upon stilts, for once on them, it is still with our legs that we must walk. And on the highest throne in the world we are still sitting on our own ass.

— Michel de Montaigne

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