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Michel de Montaigne Quote: “An untempted woman cannot boast of her chastity.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “Ceremony forbids us to express by words things that are lawful and natural, and we obey it; reason forbids us to do things unlawful and ill, and nobody obeys it.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “What fear has once made me will, I am bound still to will when without fear.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “I prefer the company of peasants because they have not been educated sufficiently to reason incorrectly.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “To know how to live is my trade and my art.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “We have so much ill fortune as inconstancy, or so much bad purpose as folly, we are not so full of evil as we are of inanity; we are not so wretched as we are base.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “We easily enough confess in others an advantage of courage, strength, experience, activity, and beauty; but an advantage in judgment we yield to none.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “Virtue shuns ease as a companion. It demands a rough and thorny path.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “When all is summed up, a man never speaks of himself without loss; his accusations of himself are always believed; his praises never.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “Learning must not only lodge with us: we must marry her.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “If you walk on stilts, you’re still walking on your feet. If you sit on the highest throne in the world, you’re still sitting on your ass.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “Petty vexations may at times be petty, but still they are vexations. The smallest and most inconsiderable annoyances are the most piercing. As small letters weary the eye most, so the smallest affairs disturb us most.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “I do myself a greater injury in lying than I do him of whom I tell a lie.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “Necessity is a violent school-mistress.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “Decency, not to dare to do that in public which it is decent enough to do in private.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “There is nothing of evil in life for him who rightly comprehends that death is no evil; to know how to die delivers us from all subjection and constraint.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “And I loathe people who find it harder to put up with a gown askew than with a soul askew and who judge a man by his bow, his bearing and his boots.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “Ambition sufficiently plagues her proselytes, by keeping themselves always in show, like the statue of a public place.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “T is one and the same Nature that rolls on her course, and whoever has sufficiently considered the present state of things might certainly conclude as to both the future and the past.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “The first distinction among men, and the first consideration that gave one precedence over another, was doubtless the advantage of beauty.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “We seek and offer ourselves to be gulled.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “To how many blockheads of my time has a cold and taciturn demeanor procured the credit of prudence and capacity!”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “The curiosity of knowing things has been given to man for a scourge.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “Those things that are dearest to us have cost us the most.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “My business is only to keep myself in motion, whilst motion pleases me; I only walk for the walk’s sake.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “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.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “Everyone calls barbarity what he is not accustomed to.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “God defend me from being an honest man according to the description which every day I see made by each man to his own glorification.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “This idea is more surely understood by interrogation; WHAT DO I KNOW? which I bear as my motto with the emblem of a pair of scales.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “A lady could not boast of her chastity who was never tempted.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “There are no truths, only moments of claryty passing for answers.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “The only good histories are those written by those who had command in the events they describe.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “A man must always study, but he must not always go to school: what a contemptible thing is an old abecedarian!”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “The most useful and honorable science and occupation for a woman is the science of housekeeping. I know some that are miserly, very few that are good managers.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “Our own peculiar human condition is that we are as fit to be laughed at as able to laugh.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “The religion of my doctor or my lawyer cannot matter. That consideration has nothing in common with the functions of the friendship they owe me.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “I had rather complain of ill-fortune than be ashamed of victory.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “As far as physicians go, chance is more valuable than knowledge.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “No wonder, said an Ancient, that chance has so much power over us, since it is by chance that we live.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “Aesop, that great man, saw his master making water as he walked. “What!” he said, “Must we void ourselves as we run?” Use our timeas best we may, yet a great part of it will still be idly and ill spent.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “If I am to serve as an instrument of deceit, at least let it be with a clear conscience. I do not want to be considered either so affectionate or so loyal a servant as to be found fit to betray anyone.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “How often, being moved under a false cause, if the person offending makes a good defense and presents us with a just excuse, are we angry against truth and innocence itself?”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “Amongst all other vices there is none I hate more than cruelty, both by nature and judgment, as the extremest of all vices.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “We are Christians by the same title as we are natives of Perigord or Germany.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “Examples teach us that in military affairs, and all others of a like nature, study is apt to enervate and relax the courage of man, rather than to give strength and energy to the mind.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “Any person of honor chooses rather to lose his honor than to lose his conscience.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “The bitterness of the potion, and the abhorrence of the patient are necessary circumstances to the operation. It must be something to trouble and disturb the stomach that must purge and cure it.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “There is no greater enemy to those who would please than expectation.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “A man has need of tough ears to hear himself fairly judged.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “All passions that suffer themselves to be relished and digested are but moderate.”
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