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466 Inspiring Quotes by Michel de Montaigne

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Wikipedia Summary for Michel de Montaigne

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne ( mon-TAYN; French: [miʃɛl ekɛm də mɔ̃tɛɲ]; 28 February 1533 – 13 September 1592), also known as Lord of Montaigne, was one of the most significant philosophers of the French Renaissance, known for popularizing the essay as a literary genre. His work is noted for its merging of casual anecdotes and autobiography with intellectual insight. His massive volume Essais contains some of the most influential essays ever written.

Montaigne had a direct influence on Western writers including Francis Bacon, René Descartes, Blaise Pascal, Montesquieu, Edmund Burke, Voltaire, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, David Hume, Edward Gibbon, Virginia Woolf, Albert Hirschman, William Hazlitt, Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Henry Newman, Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, Alexander Pushkin, Charles Darwin, Friedrich Nietzsche, Stefan Zweig, Eric Hoffer, Isaac Asimov, Fulton Sheen and possibly, on the later works of William Shakespeare.

During his lifetime, Montaigne was admired more as a statesman than as an author. The tendency in his essays to digress into anecdotes and personal ruminations was seen as detrimental to proper style rather than as an innovation, and his declaration that, "I am myself the matter of my book", was viewed by his contemporaries as self-indulgent. In time, however, Montaigne came to be recognized as embodying, perhaps better than any other author of his time, the spirit of freely entertaining doubt that began to emerge at that time. He is most famously known for his skeptical remark, "Que sçay-je?" ("What do I know?", in Middle French; now rendered as Que sais-je? in modern French).

time lapse photography of fire

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

--Michel de Montaigne

sunset

There is little less trouble in governing a private family than a whole kingdom.

--Michel de Montaigne


blooming pink flower

Persons of mean understandings, not so inquisitive, nor so well instructed, are made good Christians, and by reverence and obedience, implicity believe, and abide by their belief.

--Michel de Montaigne

green leaf

It is the part of cowardice, not of courage, to go and crouch in a hole under a massive tomb, to avoid the blows of fortune.

--Michel de Montaigne

blue rose

I moreover affirm that our wisdom itself, and wisest consultations, for the most part commit themselves to the conduct of chance.

--Michel de Montaigne

aerial's photo of metropolitan during night time\

We are nearer neighbours to ourselves than whiteness to snow, or weight to stones.

--Michel de Montaigne

aerial view of gray building on brown sand

All is a-swarm with commentaries: of authors there is a dearth.

--Michel de Montaigne

green leaf tree near mountain covered by snow at daytime

Only the fools are certain and assured.

--Michel de Montaigne

sunflower with clear glass vase on gray table

It is an injustice that an old, broken, half-dead father should enjoy alone, in a corner of his hearth, possessions that would suffice for the advancement and maintenance of many children.

--Michel de Montaigne


pink and white flowers on white surface

Whatever can be done another day can be done today.

--Michel de Montaigne

person holding gray leaf

Confidence in others' honesty is no light testimony of one's own integrity.

--Michel de Montaigne

brown mountain

If I were of the trade, I should naturalize art as much as they "artialize" nature.

--Michel de Montaigne

leafless tree on body of water during daytime

No spiritual mind remains within itself; it is always aspiring and going beyond its own strength.

--Michel de Montaigne

pink and white flower in close up photography

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.

--Michel de Montaigne

pink and white clouds

A man should keep for himself a little back shop, all his own, quite unadulterated, in which he establishes his true freedom and chief place of seclusion and solitude.

--Michel de Montaigne

brown grass field near gray rocky mountain during daytime

When I am attached by gloomy thoughts, nothing helps me so much as running to my books. They quickly absorb me and banish the clouds from my mind.

--Michel de Montaigne

woman doing yoga on rock platform next to body of water

My errors are by now natural and incorrigible; but the good that worthy men do the public by making themselves imitable, I shall perhaps do by making myself evitable.

--Michel de Montaigne

red rose

Man is quite insane. He wouldn?t know how to create a maggot, and he creates Gods by the dozen.

--Michel de Montaigne



white flowers

I love a gay and sociable wisdom, and shun harshness and austerity in behaviour, holding every surly countenance suspect.

--Michel de Montaigne


toddlers standing outdoors

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

silhouette of mountain under starry night

Rather a mind well-shaped than well-full.

--Michel de Montaigne

pug lying on pet bed

Between ourselves, there are two things that I have always observed to be in singular accord: supercelestial thoughts and subterranean conduct.

--Michel de Montaigne

body of water under blue sky with stars

Man is the sole animal whose nudities offend his own companions, and the only one who, in his natural actions, withdraws and hides himself from his own kind.

--Michel de Montaigne

wide lake over sunset view

Let us give Nature a chance; she knows her business better than we do.

--Michel de Montaigne

white rose enclosed photograph

I study myself more than any other subject. That is my metaphysics, that is my physics.

--Michel de Montaigne

round analog watch with black leather strap on top of white wooden surface

If people must be talking about me, I would have it to be truthfully and justly. I would willingly return from the next world to contradict any person who described me other than I was, although he did it to honour me.

--Michel de Montaigne

gray-scale photo of man and woman holding hands

I want death to find me planting my cabbages.

--Michel de Montaigne

a couple holding hands with a wedding ring visible

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

--Michel de Montaigne

closeup photography of brown and gray concrete bricks

To distract myself from tiresome thoughts, I have only to resort to books; they easily draw my mind to themselves and away from other things.

--Michel de Montaigne

A view of the night showing stars

Other people do not see you at all, but guess at you by uncertain conjectures.

--Michel de Montaigne

white ceramic mug with coffee on brown wooden table

Fortune, seeing that she could not make fools wise, has made them lucky.

--Michel de Montaigne

brown textile

Pride and curiosity are the two scourges of our souls. The latter prompts us to poke our noses into everything, and the former forbids us to leave anything unresolved and undecided.

--Michel de Montaigne

focus photo of a hummingbird on leaf

A wise man sees as much as he ought, not as much as he can.

--Michel de Montaigne

brown wooden surface

If not for that of conscience, yet at least for ambition's sake, let us reject ambition, let us disdain that thirst of honor and renown, so low and mendicant; that it makes us beg it of all sorts of people.

--Michel de Montaigne

blue sky with stars during night time

I aim here only at revealing myself, who will perhaps be different tomorrow, if I learn something new which changes me.

--Michel de Montaigne


green leafed vegetable on brown wooden surface

A young man ought to cross his own rules, to awake his vigor, and to keep it from growing faint and rusty. And there is no course of life so weak and sottish as that which is carried on by rule and discipline.

--Michel de Montaigne

yellow sunflower in close up photography

A man may by custom fortify himself against pain, shame, and suchlike accidents; but as to death, we can experience it but once, and are all apprentices when we come to it.

--Michel de Montaigne

Close-up of a white line on green grass in a soccer field

Every one rushes elsewhere and into the future, because no one wants to face one's own inner self.

--Michel de Montaigne

green background

Let us not be ashamed to speak what we shame not to think.

--Michel de Montaigne

galaxy wallpaper

O human creature,you are the investigator without knowledge, the magistrate without jurisdiction, and all in all, the fool of the farce.

--Michel de Montaigne

beige concrete wall

There are truths on this side of the Pyrenees which are falsehoods on the other.

--Michel de Montaigne

blue and white abstract painting

The confidence in another man's virtue is no light evidence of a man's own, and God willingly favors such a confidence.

--Michel de Montaigne

rock formation under starry skies

I prefer the company of peasants because they have not been educated sufficiently to reason incorrectly.

--Michel de Montaigne

Bryce Canyon National Park Sunrise Point at Utah

I look upon the too good opinion that man has of himself, as the nursing mother of all false opinions, both public and private.

--Michel de Montaigne


Bright orange to dark red gradient

Plenty and indigence depend upon the opinion every one has of them; and riches, like glory of health, have no more beauty or pleasure than their possessor is pleaded to lend them.

--Michel de Montaigne

grayscale photography of person on beach

Det er en kjedelig uvane som særlig går ut over damene, å måtte låne ut leppene til hvem som helst som har tre tjenere på slep, uansett hvor frastøtende han er.

--Michel de Montaigne


red tulips

Dreams are faithful interpreters of our inclinations; but there is art required to sort and understand them.

--Michel de Montaigne


Luna eclipse during nighttime

We are all lumps, and of so various and inform a contexture, that every piece plays, every moment, its own game, and there is as much difference betwixt us and ourselves as betwixt us and others.

--Michel de Montaigne

black textile on white textile

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

pink and white light illustration

I put forward formless and unresolved notions, as do those who publish doubtful questions to debate in the schools, not to establish the truth but to seek it.

--Michel de Montaigne

silhouette photography of person in gray sailing boat in the middle of body of water

There is a sort of gratification in doing good which makes us rejoice in ourselves.

--Michel de Montaigne

pink petaled flower on white surface

Is it not a noble farce, wherein kings, republics, and emperors have for so many ages played their parts, and to which the whole vast universe serves for a theatre?

--Michel de Montaigne

gray building

It should be noted that children at play are not playing about; their games should be seen as their most serious-minded activity.

--Michel de Montaigne

green leafed tree on body of water under starry sky

Whether you find satisfaction in life depends not on your tale of years, but on your will.

--Michel de Montaigne

green trees

There is no knowledge so hard to acquire as the knowledge of how to live this life well and naturally.

--Michel de Montaigne

castle surrounded fog

Oh these foolish men! They could not create so much as a worm, but they create gods by the dozens.

--Michel de Montaigne




photo of clear sky full of stars

There is no torture that a woman would not endure to enhance her beauty.

--Michel de Montaigne

empty brown concrete stairs beside green grass under starry sky long-exposure photography

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

--Michel de Montaigne

green ceramic mug beside book

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

purple flower in macro lens

The premeditation of death is the premeditation of liberty; he who has learnt to die has forgot to serve.

--Michel de Montaigne

group of people inside the room in grayscale photo

Every day I hear stupid people say things that are not stupid.

--Michel de Montaigne

pink and white abstract painting

I am much afraid that we shall have very greatly hastened the decline and ruin of the New World by our contagion, and that we willhave sold it our opinions and our arts very dear.

--Michel de Montaigne

pink and green flower painting

There are few men who dare to publish to the world the prayers they make to Almighty God.

--Michel de Montaigne

worm's eye view photography of pink cheery blossom tree

A lady could not boast of her chastity who was never tempted.

--Michel de Montaigne


silhouette of trees during sunset

Even in the midst of compassion we feel within I know not what tart sweet titillation of malicious pleasure in seeing others suffer; children have the same feeling.

--Michel de Montaigne

closeup photo of bird beside purple petal flowers

A straight oar looks bent in the water. It matters not merely that we see a thing, but how we see it.

--Michel de Montaigne


photo of white and brown bricked wall during daytime

We cannot be held to promises beyond our power or our means. That is why -- since nothing is really in our power but our will -- it is on the will that all the rules and duties of Man are based and established.

--Michel de Montaigne

man wearing black jacket standing on street

Speech belongs half to the speaker, half to the listener.

--Michel de Montaigne

silhouette photo of person holding flashlight under milk way

Lying is a terrible vice, it testifies that one despises God, but fears men.

--Michel de Montaigne

silhouette of tall trees

That is why Bias jested with those who were going through the perils of a great storm with him and calling on the gods for help: "Shut up," he said, "so that they do not realize that you are here with me."

--Michel de Montaigne

selective focus photography of grey coin operated telescope

I do not understand; I pause; I examine.

--Michel de Montaigne



2 people riding on boat during sunset

A man should ever, as much as in him lieth, be ready booted to take his journey, and above all things look he have then nothing to do but with himself.

--Michel de Montaigne

man jumping on hill during golden hour

He who establishes his argument by noise and command, shows that his reason is weak.

--Michel de Montaigne

orange moon during nighttime

There is no passion so much transports the sincerity of judgment as doth anger.

--Michel de Montaigne


forest trees photograph

Whom conscience, ne'er asleep, Wounds with incessant strokes, not loud, but deep.

--Michel de Montaigne

wide lake over sunset view

Scratching is one of nature's sweetest gratifications, and nearest at hand.

--Michel de Montaigne



green and white painted wall

Obstinacy and contention are common qualities, most appearing in, and best becoming, a mean and illiterate soul.

--Michel de Montaigne

photography of yellow petaled flowers field

Man in sooth is a marvellous, vain, fickle, and unstable subject.

--Michel de Montaigne

silhouette of person's hands forming heart

We are Christians by the same title as we are natives of Perigord or Germany.

--Michel de Montaigne

solid background

When I was young, beautiful ancient statues were castrated, so that the eye might not be corrupted.... Nothing was gained, unless horses and asses had also been castrated.

--Michel de Montaigne

round black and white analog alarm clock

Virtue rejects facility to be her companion. She requires a craggy, rough and thorny way.

--Michel de Montaigne

aerial photo of green trees

It is a rare life that remains orderly even in private.

--Michel de Montaigne

blue, white, and pink petaled flowers on gray surface

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

blue sky and white clouds

Princes give mee sufficiently, if they take nothing from me, and doe me much good, if they doe me no hurt: it is all I require of them.

--Michel de Montaigne

yellow flower shallow photography

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

Painting of Stonehenge

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.

--Michel de Montaigne

bare tress and mountain

He who fears he shall suffer, already suffers what he fears.

--Michel de Montaigne

silhouette of person standing beside bare tree under stary sky

Let us a little permit nature to take her own way; she better understands her own affairs than we.

--Michel de Montaigne

a woman sits on the end of a dock during daytime staring across a lake

We are nearer neighbors to ourselves than the whiteness of snow or the weight of stones are to us: if man does not know himself, how should he know his functions and powers?

--Michel de Montaigne


full moon in the sky

Excellent memories are often coupled with feeble judgments.

--Michel de Montaigne

person in blue denim jeans and brown leather boots

Tis no wonder, says one of the ancients, that chance has so great a dominion over us, since it is by chance we live.

--Michel de Montaigne

desert under blue skies

It is a small soul, buried beneath the weight of affairs, that does not know how to get clean away from them, that cannot put them aside and pick them up again.

--Michel de Montaigne

rock mountain during starry night

Nothing fixes a thing so intensely in the memory as the wish to forget it.

--Michel de Montaigne

group of people inside the room in grayscale photo

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

--Michel de Montaigne

green sports court illustration

Tortures are a dangerous invention, and seem to be a test of endurance rather than of truth.

--Michel de Montaigne

silhouette of mountains under blue sky during daytime

Confidence in the goodness of another is good proof of one's own goodness.

--Michel de Montaigne

white wooden dock on white sand

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

white and black soccer ball on grass field

Wine is the benevolent god, who gives back gaiety to men and restores youth to the old.

--Michel de Montaigne

time lapse photography body of water

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

pink flower with green stem

All other knowledge is hurtful to him who has not the science of honesty and goodness.

--Michel de Montaigne

aerial photo of green trees

Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know.

--Michel de Montaigne

brown and white wooden star print board

Fame and tranquility can never be bedfellows.

--Michel de Montaigne

pink tulips in clear glass vase

One must be a little foolish if one does not want to be even more stupid.

--Michel de Montaigne

pink petaled flower

It is a disaster that wisdom forbids you to be satisfied with yourself and always sends you away dissatisfied and fearful, whereas stubbornness and foolhardiness fill their hosts with joy and assurance.

--Michel de Montaigne


rock formation surrounding by body of water

There is no so wretched and coarse a soul wherein some particular faculty is not seen to shine.

--Michel de Montaigne

two women making peace sign near the Golden Gate bridge

Intemperance is the plaque of sensuality, and temperance is not its bane but its seasoning.

--Michel de Montaigne

red flower in shallow focus lens

We must learn to suffer whatever we cannot avoid. Our life is composed, like the harmony of the world, of discords as well as different tones, sweet and harsh, sharp and flat, soft and loud.

--Michel de Montaigne

people near body of water

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.

--Michel de Montaigne

silhouette of kneeling man

The great and glorious masterpiece of humanity is to know how to live with a purpose.

--Michel de Montaigne

landscape photography of waves and clouds

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

--Michel de Montaigne

running white, brown, and black dog

There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.

--Michel de Montaigne

two blue beach chairs near body of water

Getting married is very much like going to a restaurant with friends. You order what you want then when you see what the other person has, you wish you had ordered that.

--Michel de Montaigne

red tulip in bloom close up photo

Tis the taste of effeminacy that disrelishes ordinary and accustomed things.

--Michel de Montaigne

orange and white stone fragment

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


silhouette photography of person in gray sailing boat in the middle of body of water

Philosophical discussions habitually make men happy and joyful not frowning and sad.

--Michel de Montaigne

red and pink flowers

Diogenes was asked what wine he liked best; and he answered as I would have done when he said, "Somebody else's."

--Michel de Montaigne

pink and white roses on white surface

The time is now proper for us to reform backward; more by dissenting than by agreeing; by differing more than by consent.

--Michel de Montaigne

landscape photography of mountain hit by sun rays

Satiety comes of too frequent repetition and he who will not give himself leisure to be thirsty can never find the true pleasure of drinking.

--Michel de Montaigne

silver bell alarm clock

The sage says that all that is under heaven incurs the same law and the same fate.

--Michel de Montaigne

time lapse photography of fire

All other knowledge is hurtful to him who has not honesty and good-nature.

--Michel de Montaigne

red yellow and blue paint

Lend yourself to others, but give yourself to yourself.

--Michel de Montaigne

light blue

I have a vocabulary all my own. I "pass the time" when it is wet and disagreeable. When it is fine I do not wish to pass it; I ruminate it and hold on to it. We should hasten over the bad, and settle upon the good.

--Michel de Montaigne

rainbow

If I can, I shall keep my death from saying anything that my life has not already said.

--Michel de Montaigne

tilt shift lens pink fetal flowers

Decency, not to dare to do that in public which it is decent enough to do in private.

--Michel de Montaigne

green leaf tree on shore

The finest souls are those that have the most variety and suppleness.

--Michel de Montaigne

blue, white, and pink petaled flowers on gray surface

Some men seem remarkable to the world in whom neither their wives nor their valets saw anything extraordinary. Few men have been admired by their servants.

--Michel de Montaigne

yellow painted wall

Health is a precious thing, and the only one, in truth, meriting that a man should lay out not only his time, sweat, labor and goods, but also life itself to obtain it.

--Michel de Montaigne

person walking on snowfield

'Tis the sharpness of our mind that gives the edge to our pains and pleasures.

--Michel de Montaigne

green trees

Thus we should beware of clinging to vulgar opinions, and judge things by reason's way, not by popular say.

--Michel de Montaigne

golden retriever inside car

Venus is not so beautiful all naked, alive, and panting, as she is here in Virgil.

--Michel de Montaigne

shallow focus photography of hand with red paint

The most regular and most perfect soul in the world has but too much to do to keep itself upright from being overthrown by its own weakness.

--Michel de Montaigne

top view photography of heart latte coffee

Women are more susceptible to pain than to pleasure.

--Michel de Montaigne

two children holding hands while walking in the middle of the fields

Sometimes it is a good choice not to choose at all.

--Michel de Montaigne


sunset

My trade and art is to live.

--Michel de Montaigne

silhouette photography of man illustration

To compose our character is our duty, not to compose books, and to win, not battles and provinces, but order and tranquillity in our conduct.

--Michel de Montaigne

water color palette on white surface

I do not speak the minds of others except to speak my own mind better.

--Michel de Montaigne

aerial photography of gray and white stone lot

It is not death, it is dying that alarms me.

--Michel de Montaigne

four white balloons on white wall

Whoever will imagine a perpetual confession of ignorance, a judgment without leaning or inclination, on any occasion whatever, hasa conception of Pyrrhonism.

--Michel de Montaigne

birds flying under cloudy sky during daytime

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.

--Michel de Montaigne


white concrete wall during daytime

If you have known how to compose your life, you have done a great deal more than the person who knows how to compose a book. You have done more than the one who has taken cities and empires.

--Michel de Montaigne



person in black hoodie using laptop computer

I agree that we should work and prolong the functions of life as far as we can, and hope that Death may find me planting my cabbages, but indifferent to him and still more to the unfinished state of my garden.

--Michel de Montaigne

red and white led lighted heart decor

We are all of us richer than we think we are; but we are taught to borrow and to beg, and brought up more to make use of what is another's than of our own.

--Michel de Montaigne

blue, white, and pink petaled flowers on gray surface

The receipts of cookery are swelled to a volume, but a good stomach excels them all; to which nothing contributes more than industry and temperance.

--Michel de Montaigne

bare trees under blue sky

The land of marriage has this peculiarity: that strangers are desirous of inhabiting it, while its natural inhabitants would willingly be banished from thence.

--Michel de Montaigne

man in black bubble hoodie looking at the stars

I speak to the paper, as I speak to the first person I meet.

--Michel de Montaigne


pink flower

Though we may be learned by another's knowledge, we can never be wise but by our own experience.

--Michel de Montaigne

sunset highway

Even opinion is of force enough to make itself to be espoused at the expense of life.

--Michel de Montaigne

silhouette of man standing on hill during starry night

Let us permit nature to have her way. She understands her business better than we do.

--Michel de Montaigne

rock formation under starry skies

Every man may speak truly, but to speak methodically, prudently, and fully is a talent that few men have.

--Michel de Montaigne




blue boat on sand near body of water during daytime

It is for little souls, that truckle under the weight of affairs, not to know how clearly to disengage themselves, and not to know how to lay them aside and take them up again.

--Michel de Montaigne

clear drinking glass with beer

Tis well for old age that it is always accompanied with want of perception, ignorance, and a facility of being deceived. For should we see how we are used and would not acquiesce, what would become of us?

--Michel de Montaigne

woman standing between sunflower field during daytime

If faces were not alike, we could not distinguish men from beasts; if they were not different, we could not tell one man from another.

--Michel de Montaigne

mountain with tree during daytime

And if nobody reads me, shall I have wasted my time, when I have beguiled so many idle hours with such pleasant and profitable reflections?

--Michel de Montaigne

closeup photography of brown and gray concrete bricks

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.

--Michel de Montaigne

yellow tulip flowers

The value of life lies not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them .

--Michel de Montaigne


sunset

It is good to rub and polish our brain against that of others.

--Michel de Montaigne




green ceramic mug on wooden desk

An orator of past times declared that his calling was to make small things appear to be grand.

--Michel de Montaigne

river painting

Vexations may be petty, but they are vexations still.

--Michel de Montaigne

sunset

He who is not very strong in memory should not meddle with lying.

--Michel de Montaigne

solid background

Peoples nurtured on freedom and self-government judge any other form of polity to be deformed and unnatural. Those who are used to monarchy do the same .

--Michel de Montaigne

bonfire in forest

And to bring in a new word by the head and shoulders, they leave out the old one.

--Michel de Montaigne

trees at sunset

Opinion is a powerful party, bold, and without measure.

--Michel de Montaigne


black portable vinyl records

You have your face bare; I am all face.

--Michel de Montaigne

black and white photography of alarm clock displaying 1:37 time

The most evident token and apparent sign of true wisdom is a constant and unconstrained rejoicing.

--Michel de Montaigne

analog clock at 5:55

Shame on all eloquence which leaves us with a taste for itself and not for its substance.

--Michel de Montaigne

white and black soccer ball on grass field

Lovers are angry, reconciled, entreat, thank, appoint, and finally speak all things, by their.

--Michel de Montaigne


brown rock formation

The judgment is an utensil proper for all subjects, and will have an oar in everything.

--Michel de Montaigne

purple flowers under cloudy sky

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


sunset hgihway

True freedom is to have power over oneself for everything.

--Michel de Montaigne



silver round analog wall clock

An honest man is not accountable for the vice and folly of his trade, and therefore ought not to refuse the exercise of it.

--Michel de Montaigne

multicolored abstract painting

The public weal requires that men should betray, and lie, and massacre.

--Michel de Montaigne

white boat on sea under white sky during daytime

The daughter-in-law of Pythagoras said that a woman who goes to bed with a man ought to lay aside her modesty with her skirt, and put it on again with her petticoat.

--Michel de Montaigne

white and black bird

An unattempted lady could not vaunt of her chastity.

--Michel de Montaigne

couple standing on grass field mountain

Livet består av en del galskap, og en del visdom; den som bare skriver ærbødig og konvensjonelt, utelater mer enn halvparten.

--Michel de Montaigne

grey hlalway

Arts and sciences are not cast in a mould, but are found and perfected by degrees, by often handling and polishing.

--Michel de Montaigne

pink tulip in bloom close up photo

I write to keep from going mad from the contradictions I find among mankind -- and to work some of those contradictions out for myself.

--Michel de Montaigne


purple-petaled flower on selective focus photography

Make use of life while you have it. Whether you have lived enough depends upon yourself, not on the number of your years.

--Michel de Montaigne

flock of birds flying under blue sky during daytime

There are no truths, only moments of clarity passing for answers.

--Michel de Montaigne



green leaf in close up photography

To make judgements about great and lofty things, a soul of the same stature is needed; otherwise we ascribe to them that vice which is our own.

--Michel de Montaigne

Arizona landscape

We can be knowledgable with other men's knowledge but we cannot be wise with other men's wisdom.

--Michel de Montaigne



backdrop solid

The souls of emperors and cobblers are cast in the same mold...The same reason that makes us wrangle with a neighbor creates a war betwixt princes.

--Michel de Montaigne

pink and green flower painting

If you press me to say why I loved him, I can say no more than because he was he, and I was I.

--Michel de Montaigne

trees under blue sky and stars during nighttime photo

The art of dining well is no slight art, the pleasure not a slight pleasure; neither the greatest captains nor the greatest philosophers have disdained the use or science of eating well.

--Michel de Montaigne

two women making peace sign near the Golden Gate bridge

Have you known how to take rest? You have done more than he who hath taken empires and cities.

--Michel de Montaigne

sunset grasslands

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

--Michel de Montaigne

silver bell alarm clock

There is as much difference between us and ourselves as there is between us and others.

--Michel de Montaigne


icy mountain scenery

Our truth of nowadays is not what is, but what others can be convinced of; just as we call "money" not only that which is legal, but also any counterfeit that will pass.

--Michel de Montaigne

mountains with trees under white star at night

A good marriage needs a blind wife and a deaf husband.

--Michel de Montaigne

black fawn pug playing with plush toy

The memory represents to us not what we choose but what it pleases.

--Michel de Montaigne


green trees under blue sky at daytime

Rejoice in the things that are present; all else is beyond thee.

--Michel de Montaigne

woman on seashore near island under blue sky

There are few things on which we can pass a sincere judgement, because there are few things in which we have not, in one way or another, a particular interest.

--Michel de Montaigne


gray wooden house on green plains near mountain range at daytime

The world is but a perpetual see-saw.

--Michel de Montaigne

woman standing on forest

Every place swarms with commentaries; of authors there is great scarcity.

--Michel de Montaigne

cloudy sky

I do not care so much what I am to others as I care what I am to myself.

--Michel de Montaigne

seashore during golden hour

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


flat lay photography teacup on top of saucer

A man must live in the world and make the best of it, such as it is.

--Michel de Montaigne

black bird flying under white clouds during daytime

No passion disturbs the soundness of our judgement as anger does.

--Michel de Montaigne

brown trees on brown field during daytime

I have never seen a greater monster or miracle than myself.

--Michel de Montaigne

aerial photography of pine trees with mist

Covetousness is both the beginning and the end of the devil's alphabet -- the first vice in corrupt nature that moves, and the last which dies.

--Michel de Montaigne

light green

Experience stands on its own dunghill in medicine, and reason yields it place. Medicine has always professed experience to be the touchstone of its operations.

--Michel de Montaigne


woman doing yoga on rock platform next to body of water

Since philosophy is the art which teaches us how to live, and since children need to learn it as much as we do at other ages, why do we not instruct them in it?

--Michel de Montaigne

city lights from hill

We are all patchwork, and so shapeless and diverse in composition that each bit, each moment, plays its own game.

--Michel de Montaigne

silhouette photo of couple standing on beach watching sunset

We must reserve a back shop all our own entirely free, in which to establish our real liberty and our principal retreat and solitude.

--Michel de Montaigne

man playing soccer during daytime

I may indeed very well happen to contradict myself; but truth, as Demades said, I do not contradict.

--Michel de Montaigne

landscape photography of brown mountains

We ought to love temperance for itself, and in obedience to God who has commanded it and chastity; but what I am forced to by catarrhs, or owe to the stone, is neither chastity nor temperance.

--Michel de Montaigne

pink and white tulips on white surface

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

--Michel de Montaigne

forest trees photograph

Why dost thou complain of this world? It detains thee not; thy own cowardice is the cause, if thou livest in pain.

--Michel de Montaigne

person holding brown sand close-up photography

A man must either imitate the vicious or hate them.

--Michel de Montaigne

sunset and agave stalk

I neither complain of the past, nor do I fear the future.

--Michel de Montaigne

jumping on snow covered mountain during daytime

An untempted woman cannot boast of her chastity.

--Michel de Montaigne

blooming yellow sunflower field

Nothing prints more lively in our minds than something we wish to forget.

--Michel de Montaigne

pink petaled flower

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

pink flowers in vase

It is not without good reason, that he who has not a good memory should never take upon him the trade of lying.

--Michel de Montaigne

body of water under clear blue sky painting

Socrates thought and so do I that the wisest theory about the gods is no theory at all.

--Michel de Montaigne

selective focus photo of iceberg on large body of water at winter

My business is only to keep myself in motion, whilst motion pleases me; I only walk for the walk's sake.

--Michel de Montaigne

black and gray textile in close up photography

The world is but a perennial movement. All things in it are in constant motion-the earth, the rocks of the Caucasus, the pyramids of Egypt-both with the common motion and with their own.

--Michel de Montaigne

red white and blue flag

Wisdom has its excesses, and has no less need of moderation than folly.

--Michel de Montaigne


selective focus photography of pink petaled flower

Those who give the first shock to a state are the first overwhelmed in its ruin; the fruits of public commotion are seldom enjoyed by him who was the first mover; he only beats the water for another's net.

--Michel de Montaigne

person sitting on black surface looking to sky

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

--Michel de Montaigne

Close-up of a white line on green grass in a soccer field

I see this evident, that we willingly accord to piety only the services that flatter our passions.

--Michel de Montaigne


white and black satellite dish on brown field during night time

If by being overstudious, we impair our health and spoil our good humor, let us give it up.

--Michel de Montaigne

purple petaled flower on gray surface

Experience has taught me this, that we undo ourselves by impatience. Misfortunes have their life and their limits, their sickness and their health.

--Michel de Montaigne

silhouette photography of person

To forbid us anything is to make us have a mind for it.

--Michel de Montaigne




red and white led lighted heart decor

It is no hard matter to get children; but after they are born, then begins the trouble, solicitude, and care rightly to train, principle, and bring them up.

--Michel de Montaigne

blue sky

It would be better to have no laws at all, than to have too many.

--Michel de Montaigne


selective focus photo of iceberg on large body of water at winter

A man must not always tell all, for that were folly; but what a man says should be what he thinks.

--Michel de Montaigne


yellow sunflower field under blue sky during daytime

Is there a polity better ordered, the offices better distributed, and more inviolably observed and maintained, than that of bees?

--Michel de Montaigne

purple and white light illustration

Nature has made us a present of a broad capacity for entertaining ourselves apart, and often calls us to do so, to teach us that we owe ourselves in part to society, but in the best part to ourselves.

--Michel de Montaigne


white flower with black background

Difficulty is a coin the learned make use of like jugglers, to conceal the inanity of their art.

--Michel de Montaigne

time lapse photography of lightning during storm

In my youth I studied for ostentation; later, a little to gain wisdom; now, for recreation; never for gain.

--Michel de Montaigne


pink and teal striped textile

Obstinacy and dogmatism are the surest signs of stupidity. Is there anything more confident, resolute, disdainful, grave and serious than an ass?

--Michel de Montaigne


boat on sea far away from island

To know much is often the cause of doubting more.

--Michel de Montaigne

man in black jacket and black pants standing on brown rock formation during daytime

Have you been able to think out and manage your own life? You have done the greatest task of all.... All other things, ruling, hoarding, building, are only little appendages and props, at most.

--Michel de Montaigne

tan wallpaper

To speak less of oneself than what one really is, is folly, not modesty; and to take that for current pay which is under a man's value, is pusillanimity and cowardice.

--Michel de Montaigne

gray building

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.

--Michel de Montaigne

pug lying on pet bed

The most beautiful lives, to my mind, are those that conform to the common human pattern, with order, but without miracle and without eccentricity.

--Michel de Montaigne

black and white photography of alarm clock displaying 1:37 time

We can be knowledgeable with other men's knowledge, but we cannot be wise with other men's wisdom.

--Michel de Montaigne

purple flowered hedge plants

It is not reasonable that art should win the place of honor over our great and powerful mother Nature. We have so overloaded the beauty and richness of her works by our inventions that we have quite smothered her.

--Michel de Montaigne


purple flowers under sunny sky

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


blue parrot standing on brown tree branch

What a wonderful thing it is that drop of seed, from which we are produced, bears in itself the impressions, not only of the bodily shape, but of the thoughts and inclinations of our fathers!

--Michel de Montaigne

white desk lamp beside green plant

Other passions have objects to flatter them, and seem to content and satisfy them for a while; there is power in ambition, pleasure in luxury, and pelf in covetousness; but envy can gain nothing but vexation.

--Michel de Montaigne

white bicycle parked beside wall

We only labor to stuff the memory, and leave the conscience and the understanding unfurnished and void.

--Michel de Montaigne


silhouette of kneeling man

Indeed, there is no such thing as an altogether ugly woman -- or altogether beautiful.

--Michel de Montaigne


raging waves through shores

I am not so shocked by savages who roast and eat the bodies of their dead as by those who torture and persecute the living.

--Michel de Montaigne

water color palette on white surface

I do myself a greater injury in lying than I do him of whom I tell a lie.

--Michel de Montaigne

pair of white lace-up shoes

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

--Michel de Montaigne

purple flowered hedge plants

The share we have in the knowledge of truth, such as it is, has not been acquired by our own powers. God has taught ushis wonderful secrets; our faith is not of our acquiring, it is purely the gift of another's bounty.

--Michel de Montaigne

man holding his head

Now there cannot be first principles for men, unless the Divinity has revealed them; all the rest -- beginning, middle, and end -- isnothing but dreams and smoke.

--Michel de Montaigne


sunflower field under white sky during daytime

Not being able to govern events, I govern myself.

--Michel de Montaigne

black and gray floral textile

I have never observed other effects of whipping than to render boys more cowardly, or more willfully obstinate.

--Michel de Montaigne

black pug puppy on green textile

The beauty of stature is the only beauty of men.

--Michel de Montaigne

man sitting on wooden bench near black metal railings

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.

--Michel de Montaigne

person standing on top of mountain

Repentance is but a denying of our will, and an opposition of our fantasies.

--Michel de Montaigne

black bird flying on white background

I am one of those who hold that poetry is never so blithe as in a wanton and irregular subject.

--Michel de Montaigne

brown butterfly perched on flower

The greater part of the world's troubles are due to questions of grammar.

--Michel de Montaigne


three books on surface

The plague of man is the opinion of knowledge. That is why ignorance is so recommended by our religion as a quality suitable to belief and obedience.

--Michel de Montaigne

rocks on sea side at daytime

The most universal quality is diversity.

--Michel de Montaigne

bare trees under blue sky

Obstinacy and heat in argument are surest proofs of folly. Is there anything so stubborn, obstinate, disdainful, contemplative, grave, or serious, as an ass?

--Michel de Montaigne


woman in black shirt walking on sidewalk near brown concrete wall partition

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

white and black bird

A wise man never loses anything, if he has himself.

--Michel de Montaigne


macro shot photography of two votive candles

All general judgments are loose and imperfect.

--Michel de Montaigne

empty road towards mountains

A hair shirt does not always render those chaste who wear it.

--Michel de Montaigne

selective focus photo of woman holding sunflower surrounded by sunflowers

The finest thing in the world is knowing how to belong to oneself.

--Michel de Montaigne

photo of giraffe

The knowledge of courtesy and good manners is a very necessary study. It is like grace and beauty, that which begets liking and an inclination to love one another at the first sight.

--Michel de Montaigne

person holding green plant during daytime

No pleasure has any savor for me without communication.

--Michel de Montaigne


black

Most men are rich in borrowed sufficiency: a man may very well say a good thing, give a good answer, cite a good sentence, without at all seeing the force of either the one or the other.

--Michel de Montaigne

person in blue denim jeans and brown leather boots

I am disgusted with innovation, in whatever guise, and with reason, for I have seen very harmful effects of it.

--Michel de Montaigne

Arizona landscape rocks

We must reserve a little back-shop, all our own, entirely free, wherein to establish our true liberty and principal retreat and solitude.

--Michel de Montaigne

snowflake

My reason is not framed to bend or stoop: my knees are.

--Michel de Montaigne

white and yellow flower in close up photography

Stupidity and wisdom meet in the same centre of sentiment and resolution, in the suffering of human accidents.

--Michel de Montaigne

woman looking up to the sky while standing on white sand

Glory and repose are things that cannot possibly inhabit in one and the same place.

--Michel de Montaigne

pink and white abstract painting

I, who am king of the matter I treat, and who owe an accounting for it to no one, do not for all that believe myself in all I write. I often hazard sallies of my mind which I mistrust.

--Michel de Montaigne

low-angle photo of white daisy

Those that will combat use and custom by the strict rules of grammar do but jest.

--Michel de Montaigne


green leafed plants on forest

Oh, a friend! How true is that old saying, that the enjoyment of one is sweeter and more necessary than that of the elements of water and fire!

--Michel de Montaigne

man sitting on wooden bench near black metal railings

He that had never seen a river imagined the first he met to be the sea; and the greatest things that have fallen within our knowledge we conclude the extremes that nature makes of the kind.

--Michel de Montaigne

woman in white and black stripe long sleeve shirt standing beside brown concrete building during daytime

Our great and glorious masterpiece is to live appropriately.

--Michel de Montaigne

low-angle photography of green leaf tree

Habit is a second nature.

--Michel de Montaigne

brown tree on surrounded by brown grass during golden hour

As far as physicians go, chance is more valuable than knowledge.

--Michel de Montaigne


black, purple, and orange basketball court beside concrete buildings at daytime

Report followeth not all goodness, except difficulty and rarity be joined thereto.

--Michel de Montaigne

brown houses in front of hill under starry night

How many valiant men we have seen to survive their own reputation!

--Michel de Montaigne

man with LED headlight looking upward

To forbid us anything is to make us have a mind to 't.

--Michel de Montaigne

purple, white, and pink floral painting

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

--Michel de Montaigne

red tulip flowers under calm blue sky

The strangest, most generous, and proudest of all virtues is true courage.

--Michel de Montaigne

person holding hourglass

The worth of the mind consisteth not in going high, but in marching orderly.

--Michel de Montaigne

brown wooden heart shaped figurine

He whose mouth is out of taste says the wine is flat.

--Michel de Montaigne

yellow and red tulip in bloom close up photo

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

green trees on brown dried leaves during daytime

I love a friendship that flatters itself in the sharpness and vigor of its communications.

--Michel de Montaigne


five woman standing on seashore

How many quarrels, and how important, has the doubt as to the meaning of this syllable "Hoc" produced for the world!

--Michel de Montaigne

person standing on rock beside body of water between green trees

A good marriage (if any there be) refuses the conditions of love and endeavors to present those of amity.

--Michel de Montaigne

brown leaf tree facing the lake

The most fruitful and natural exercise for our minds is, in my opinion, conversation.

--Michel de Montaigne

sunset

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

--Michel de Montaigne

white flower in grayscale photography

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

--Michel de Montaigne

man in blue jacket and blue pants carrying black and red backpack standing on snow covered

We should be similarly wary of accepting common opinions; we should judge them by the ways of reason not by popular vote.

--Michel de Montaigne

sun

Whatever the Benefits of Fortune are , they yet require a Palate fit to relish and taste them; 'Tis Fruition, and not Possession, that renders us Happy.

--Michel de Montaigne

red rose in bloom during daytime

To an atheist all writings tend to atheism: he corrupts the most innocent matter with his own venom.

--Michel de Montaigne

blue sky with white clouds

It is a monstrous thing that I will say, but I will say it all the same: I find in many things more restraint and order in my morals than in my opinions, and my lust less depraved than my reason.

--Michel de Montaigne

green trees on body of water during daytime

There is not much less vexation in the government of a private family than in the managing of an entire state.

--Michel de Montaigne

light blue

No one but yourself knows whether you are cowardly and cruel, or loyal and devout; others do not see you; they surmise you by uncertain conjectures; they perceive not so much your nature as your art.

--Michel de Montaigne


pink tulips in close up photography

What harm cause not those huge draughts or pictures which wanton youth with chalk or coals draw in each passage, wall or stairs of our great houses, whence a cruel contempt of our natural store is bred in them?

--Michel de Montaigne


white bicycle parked beside wall

The truth of these days is not that which really is, but what every man persuades another man to believe.

--Michel de Montaigne

clear hour glass with brown frame

The worst of my actions or conditions seem not so ugly unto me as I find it both ugly and base not to dare to avouch for them.

--Michel de Montaigne


man in cowboy hat

The souls of emperors and cobblers are cast in the same mould.

--Michel de Montaigne

gray cactus plant on white pot

Not only does the wind of accidents stir me according to its blowing, but I am also stirred and troubled by the instability of my attitude.

--Michel de Montaigne

woman doing yoga meditation on brown parquet flooring

There is no doubt that Greek and Latin are great and handsome ornaments, but we buy them too dear.

--Michel de Montaigne

yellow and blue painted wall

Not because Socrates said so,... I look upon all men as my compatriots.

--Michel de Montaigne

silhouette of flower during sunset

Laws are often made by fools, and even more often by men who fail in equity because they hate equality: but always by men, vain authorities who can resolve nothing.

--Michel de Montaigne

pink flower

Every one's true worship was that which he found in use in the place where he chanced to be.

--Michel de Montaigne

Arizona landscape

Oh senseless man, who cannot possibly make a worm or a flea and yet will create Gods by the dozen!

--Michel de Montaigne

silhouette photography of trees and sky

We call comeliness a mischance in the first respect, which belongs principally to the face.

--Michel de Montaigne



gray concrete floor

Socrates, who was a perfect model in all great qualities, ... hit on a body and face so ugly and so incongruous with the beauty of his soul, he who was so madly in love with beauty.

--Michel de Montaigne

blue sky and white clouds

Each person calls barbarism whatever is not his or her own practice.... We may call Cannibals barbarians, in respect to the rulesof reason, but not in respect to ourselves, who surpass them in every kind of barbarity.

--Michel de Montaigne

red rose

I enjoy books as misers enjoy treasures, because I know I can enjoy them whenever I please.

--Michel de Montaigne

orange flowers

Marriage happens as with cages: the birds without despair to get in, and those within despair of getting out.

--Michel de Montaigne

long exposure photography of lights

But the touch or company of any man whatsoever stirreth up their heat, which in their solitude was hushed and quiet, and lay as cinders raked up in ashes.

--Michel de Montaigne

brown sands

A man should think less of what he eats and more with whom he eats because no food is so satisfying as good company.

--Michel de Montaigne

silhouette of woman during sunset

There is no man so good that if he placed all his actions and thoughts under the scrutiny of the laws, he would not deserve hanging ten times in his life.

--Michel de Montaigne

red and white led lighted heart decor

There is, nevertheless, a certain respect and a general duty of humanity that ties us, not only to beasts that have life and sense, but even to trees and plants.

--Michel de Montaigne

blue and white abstract painting

How often our involuntary facial motions testify to the thoughts we were keeping secret, and betray us to those around!

--Michel de Montaigne

landscape photo of mountains under starry sky at nighttime

We owe subjection and obedience to all our kings, whether good or bad, alike, for that has respect unto their office; but as to esteem and affection, these are only due to their virtue.

--Michel de Montaigne

brown wallpaper

People of our time are so formed for agitation and ostentation that goodness, moderation, equability, constancy, and such quiet and obscure qualities are no longer felt.

--Michel de Montaigne



forest trees photograph

It is in the enjoyment and not in mere possession that makes for happiness.

--Michel de Montaigne

coconut tree near body of water

Were I to live my life over again, I should live it just as I have done. I neither complain of the past, nor do I fear the future.

--Michel de Montaigne

yellow bee beside purple petaled flower during daytime

Among the liberal arts, let us begin with the art that liberates us.

--Michel de Montaigne

sunset

The finest lives in my opinion are the common model, without miracle and without extravagance.

--Michel de Montaigne


yellow flower

One open way of speaking introduces another open way of speaking, and draws out discoveries, like wine and love.

--Michel de Montaigne


body of water under blue sky during daytime

'As a man who knows how to make his education into a rule of life not a means of showing off; who can control himself and obey his own principles.' The true mirror of our discourse is the course of our lives.

--Michel de Montaigne

green trees on brown dried leaves during daytime

If I speak of myself in different ways, that is because I look at myself in different ways.

--Michel de Montaigne

man raising arms between greenfield

Hath God obliged himself not to exceed the bounds of our knowledge?

--Michel de Montaigne

man kissing the woman wearing blue polka-dot dress

The customs and practices of life in society sweep us along.

--Michel de Montaigne

solid background

The corruption of the age is made up by the particular contribution of every individual man; some contribute treachery, others injustice, atheism, tyranny, avarice, cruelty, according to their power.

--Michel de Montaigne

person wearing orange and gray Nike shoes walking on gray concrete stairs

It is not a mind, it is not a body that we educate, but it is a man, and we must not make two parts of him.

--Michel de Montaigne

yellow sunflower

It has never occurred to me to wish for empire or royalty, nor for the eminence of those high and commanding fortunes. My aim lies not in that direction; I love myself too well.

--Michel de Montaigne

A stack of thick folders on a white surface

Is there anything so grave and serious as an ass?

--Michel de Montaigne

green trees under white sky during daytime

In my opinion it is the happy living, and not, as Antisthenes said, the happy lying, in which human happiness consists.

--Michel de Montaigne


pavement surrounded with dried leaves

It is easier to sacrifice great than little things.

--Michel de Montaigne

silhouette of person's hands forming heart

As for extraordinary things, all the provision in the world would not suffice.

--Michel de Montaigne

sunset

It is an absolute perfection... to get the very most out of one's individuality.

--Michel de Montaigne

woman in white and black stripe long sleeve shirt standing beside brown concrete building during daytime

Friendship is the highest degree of perfection in society.

--Michel de Montaigne


blue sky with stars during night time

All permanent decisions are made in a temporary state of mind.

--Michel de Montaigne

green tree under blue sky during night time

It is a rare life that remains orderly even in private.

--Michel de Montaigne

green leafed plants on forest

There is not one of us that would not be worse than kings, if so continually corrupted as they are with a sort of vermin called flatterers.

--Michel de Montaigne

green pine trees near mountain under blue sky during daytime

To make a crooked stick straight, we bend it the contrary way.

--Michel de Montaigne


raging waves through shores

Once conform, once do what others do because they do it, and a kind of lethargy steals over all the finer senses of the soul.

--Michel de Montaigne


white-and-pink flowers

For truly it is to be noted, that children's plays are not sports, and should be deemed as their most serious actions.

--Michel de Montaigne

water on seashore

A person is bound to lose when he talks about himself; if he belittles himself, he is believed; if he praises himself, he isn't believed.

--Michel de Montaigne


landscape photography of mountain

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

--Michel de Montaigne

body of water under clear blue sky painting

It is fear that I stand most in fear of, in sharpness it exceeds every other feeling.

--Michel de Montaigne

blue sky with white clouds

We feel a kind of bittersweet pricking of malicious delight in contemplating the misfortunes of others.

--Michel de Montaigne

black, purple, and orange basketball court beside concrete buildings at daytime

The most terrible and violent of our own afflictions is to despise our own beings.

--Michel de Montaigne


closeup photo of lounger chairs and beach umbrellas

Every period of life has its peculiar prejudices; whoever saw old age, that did not applaud the past, and condemn the present times?

--Michel de Montaigne

sunset

Wickedness sucks in the greater part of its own venom and poisons itself therewith.

--Michel de Montaigne

black mountain under blue sky during night time

It is equally pointless to weep because we won't be alive a hundred years from now as that we were not here a hundred years ago.

--Michel de Montaigne

black and white bird on seashore

For table-talk, I prefer the pleasant and witty before the learned and the grave; in bed, beauty before goodness.

--Michel de Montaigne


pink, red, and black digital wallpaper

Presumption is our natural and original malady. The most vulnerable and frail of all creatures is man, and at the same time the most arrogant.

--Michel de Montaigne


low angle photography of purple sky

I want to be seen here in my simple, natural, ordinary fashion, without straining or artifice; for it is myself that I portray... I am myself the matter of my book.

--Michel de Montaigne

purple flower

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

beach during daytime

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

grassland landscape

It is not necessity but abundance which produces greed.

--Michel de Montaigne

selective focus photo of iceberg on large body of water at winter

We can be knowledgeable with other men's knowledge but we cannot be wise with other men's wisdom.

--Michel de Montaigne

orange moon during nighttime

There is no passion so much transports the sincerity of judgement as doth anger.

--Michel de Montaigne

silhouette photo of aurora borealis

Rash and incessant scolding runs into custom and renders itself despised.

--Michel de Montaigne

pink tulips in close up photography

Lay a beam between these two towers of such width as we need to walk on: there is no philosophical wisdom of such great firmness that it can give us courage to walk on it as we should if it were on the ground.

--Michel de Montaigne

blue and white abstract painting

If ordinary people complain that I speak too much of myself, I complain that they do not even think of themselves.

--Michel de Montaigne

cactus flowers

The plague of man is boasting of his knowledge.

--Michel de Montaigne


black and gray Canon AE-1 camera on gray sand under brown dock near body of water at daytime

As great enmities spring from great friendships, and mortal distempers from vigorous health, so do the most surprising and the wildest frenzies from the high and lively agitations of our souls.

--Michel de Montaigne

man sitting on concrete brick with opened laptop on his lap

There is a certain amount of purpose, acquiescence, and satisfaction in nursing one's melancholy.

--Michel de Montaigne

brown and white bird on tree branch

The curiosity of knowing things has been given to man for a scourge.

--Michel de Montaigne

two women sitting on wooden dock over body of water

Time steals away without any inconvenience.

--Michel de Montaigne

brown rock formation

Pride dwells in the thought; the tongue can have but a very little share in it.

--Michel de Montaigne

three clear glass cups

From Obedience and submission comes all our virtues, and all sin is comes from self-opinion.

--Michel de Montaigne

black pug puppy

No wind serves him who addresses his voyage to no certain port.

--Michel de Montaigne

Bryce Canyon National Park Sunrise Point at Utah

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


bonfire in forest

As far as fidelity is concerned, there is no animal in the world as treacherous as man.

--Michel de Montaigne

grey hlalway

I speak the truth, not my fill of it, but as much as I dare speak; and I dare to do so a little more as I grow old.

--Michel de Montaigne

brown houses in front of hill under starry night

Gentleness and repose are paramount to everything else in woman.

--Michel de Montaigne

man on running field

Who ever saw a doctor use the prescription of his colleague without cutting out or adding something?

--Michel de Montaigne

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