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Michel de Montaigne Quote: “Take care that old age does not wrinkle your spirit even more than your face.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “All the fame you should look for in life is to have lived it quietly.”
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.”
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.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “The pleasantest things in the world are pleasant thoughts, and the great art of life is to have as many of them as possible.”
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.”
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.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “It is the mind that maketh good or ill, That maketh wretch or happy, rich or poor.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “Men are nothing until they are excited.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “To philosophize is nothing else than to prepare oneself for death.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “Cowardice is the mother of cruelty.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “Only the fools are certain and assured.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “I determine nothing; I do not comprehend things; I suspend judgment; I examine.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “Rejoice in the things that are present; all else is beyond thee.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “Let us give Nature a chance; she knows her business better than we do.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “No two men ever judged alike of the same thing, and it is impossible to find two opinions exactly similar, not only in different men but in the same men at different times.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “To forbid us anything is to make us have a mind for it.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “It’s not victory if it doesn’t end the war.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “Greatness of soul consists not so much in soaring high and in pressing forward, as in knowing how to adapt and limit oneself.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “It is fear that I stand most in fear of, in sharpness it exceeds every other feeling.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “Not being able to govern events, I govern myself.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “It is easier to sacrifice great than little things.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “All I say is by way of discourse, and nothing by way of advice. I should not speak so boldly if it were my due to be believed.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “True freedom is to have power over oneself for everything.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “Each man calls barbarism whatever is not his own practice; for indeed it seems we have no other test of truth and reason than the example and pattern of the opinions and customs of the country we live in.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “Silence and modesty are very valuable qualities in conversation.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “Saying is one thing and doing is another.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “Speech belongs half to the speaker, half to the listener. The latter must prepare to receive it according to the motion it takes.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “There are truths on this side of the Pyrenees which are falsehoods on the other.”
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.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “Judgement can do without knowledge: but not knowledge without judgement.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “My appetite comes to me while eating.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “There is as much difference between us and ourselves as there is between us and others.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “No man is a hero to his own valet.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “Since I would rather make of him an able man than a learned man, I would also urge that care be taken to choose a guide with a well-made rather than a well-filled head.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “The most ordinary things, the most common and familiar, if we could see them in their true light, would turn out to be the grandest miracles.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “In my opinion, every rich man is a miser.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “Happiness involves working toward meaningful goals.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “Valor is strength, not of legs and arms, but of heart and soul; it consists not in the worth of our horse or our weapons, but in our own.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “Marriage, a market which has nothing free but the entrance.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “The least strained and most natural ways of the soul are the most beautiful; the best occupations are the least forced.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “There is no wish more natural than the wish to know.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “Difficulty is a coin the learned make use of like jugglers, to conceal the inanity of their art.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “I have often seen people uncivil by too much civility, and tiresome in their courtesy.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “Not being able to govern events, I govern myself, and if they will not adapt to me, I adapt to them.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “Tis so much to be a king, that he only is so by being so.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “Oh senseless man, who cannot possibly make a worm or a flea and yet will create Gods by the dozen!”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “Writing does not cause misery. It is born of misery.”
Michel de Montaigne Quote: “Man is certainly stark mad; he cannot make a worm, and yet he will be making gods by dozens.”
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