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


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


  3. Those things that are dearest to us have cost us the most.


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




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


  6. Who feareth to suffer suffereth already, because he feareth.


  7. I know what I am fleeing from, but not what I am in search of.


  8. There is no passion so contagious as that of fear.

    • fear

  9. The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness.


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


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

    • argument

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

    • deceptionlying

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

    • deceptionlying

  14. There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.


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


  16. Age imprints more wrinkles in the mind than it does on the face.


  17. Of all the infirmities we have, the most savage is to despise our being.


  18. The smallest annoyances, disturb us the most.

    • happiness

  19. Habit is second nature.


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


  21. My life has been filled with terrible misfortune; most of which never happened.


  22. When I play with my cat, who knows if I am not a pastime for her more than she is to me?


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

    • wisdom

  24. Taking it all in all, I find it is more trouble to watch after money than to get it.


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


  26. The great and glorious masterpiece of man is how to live with purpose.


  27. I tell the truth, not as much as I would like to, but as much as I dare. I dare more and more as I grow older.


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


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


  30. This notion is more clearly understood by asking What do I know?.



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    Man cannot make a worm, yet he will make gods by the dozen.


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What are the best life quotes by Michel de Montaigne?


    Those who have compared our life to a dream were right.... We sleeping wake, and waking sleep.


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


    The value of life lies not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them... Whether you find satisfaction in life depends not on your tale of years, but on your will.


    My art and profession is to live.

    • life

    We are great fools: He has spent his life in idleness. We say, I have done nothing today. Really, have you not lived? This is not only the most fundamental but the most illustrious of your occupations

    • life

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


    Love to his soul gave eyes; he knew things are not as they seem. The dream is his real life; the world around him is the dream.


    The ceaseless labour of your life is to build the house of death.


    I set forth a humble and inglorious life; that does not matter. You can tie up all moral philosophy with a common and private life just as well as with a life of richer stuff. Each man bears the entire form of man's estate.

    • life

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What are the best myself quotes by Michel de Montaigne?


    I quote others in order to better express myself.


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


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


    Not being able to govern events, I govern myself.


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


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

    • myself

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


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What are the best death quotes by Michel de Montaigne?


    I want death to find me planting my cabbage


    It is not death that alarms me, but dying.

    • death

    Dying is a very dull, dreary affair. My advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it.

    • death

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

    • death

    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.

    • death

    Death, they say, acquits us of all obligations.

    • death

    The ceaseless labour of your life is to build the house of death.

    • build

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What are the best wisdom quotes by Michel de Montaigne?


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

    • wisdom

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

    • wisdom

    Wisdom hath her excesses, and no less need of moderation than folly.

    • wisdom

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


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


    It is the mind that maketh good or ill, That maketh wretch or happy, rich or poor.

    • wisdom

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What are the best marriage quotes by Michel de Montaigne?


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

    • marriage

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

    • marriage

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

    • marriage

    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.

    • marriage

    Marriage, a market which has nothing free but the entrance.

    • marriage

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All the world knows me in my book, and may book in me.


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


Ambition is not a vice of little people.


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

  • purpose



Those who have compared our life to a dream were right.... We sleeping wake, and waking sleep.

  • sleep

No wind favors him who has no destined port.


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


Philosophy is doubt.


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


Every man bears the whole stamp of the human condition.


The thing I fear most is fear.

  • fear

He who has not a good memory should never take upon himself the trade of lying.


It is not death that alarms me, but dying.

  • death

Who does not in some sort live to others, does not live much to himself.

  • deceptionlying

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

  • goals

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

  • greater

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..


The honor of the conquest is rated by the difficulty.


I quote others in order to better express myself.

  • quotations

Let Nature have her way; she understands her business better than we do.


I want death to find me planting my cabbage

  • death

Virtue craves a steep and thorny path.


The weeping of an heir is laughter in disguise.


He who lives not to others, lives little to himself.


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


But sure there is need of other remedies than dreaming, a weak contention of art against nature.


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


It is very easy to accuse a government of imperfection, for all mortal things are full of it.


Obstinacy is the sister of constancy, at least in vigor and stability.


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


It is easier to write an indifferent poem than to understand a good one.


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

  • marriage

Wisdom hath her excesses, and no less need of moderation than folly.

  • wisdom

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

  • miracles

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

  • marriage

Man is stark mad; he cannot make a flea, and yet he will be making gods by the dozens.


The value of life lies not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them... Whether you find satisfaction in life depends not on your tale of years, but on your will.

  • days

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

  • life

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


My art and profession is to live.

  • life

Dying is a very dull, dreary affair. My advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it.

  • death

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

  • death

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


The most profound joy has more of gravity than of gaiety in it.


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


Of all the benefits which virtue confers on us, the contempt of death is one of the greatest.

  • virtue

In plain truth, lying is an accursed vice. We are not men, nor have any other tie upon another, but by our word.

  • deceptionlying

The beauty of stature is the only beauty of men.


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


It should be noted that children's games are not merely games. One should regard them as their most serious activities.


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.


Every abridgement of a good book is a fool abridged.


No pleasure has any savor for me without communication.

  • communication

It is a common seen by experience that excellent memories do often accompany weak judgments.


The greatest thing in the world is to know how to be self-sufficient.


Confidence in another person's virtue is no light evidence of your own.


The most unhappy and frail creatures are men and yet they are the proudest.


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

  • memory

The word is half his that speaks, and half his that hears it.


I see men ordinarily more eager to discover a reason for things than to find out whether the things are so.

  • knowledge

If a man should importune me to give a reason why I loved him, I find it could no otherwise be expressed, than by making answer: because it was he, because it was I.


The same reason that makes us chide and brawl and fall out with any of our neighbors, causeth a war to follow between Princes.


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

  • virtue

Example is a bright looking-glass, universal and for all shapes to look into.


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

  • family

Since we cannot attain unto it, let us revenge ourselves with railing against it.


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.


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


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


It is an absolute and virtually divine perfection to know how to enjoy our being rightfully.


The ceaseless labour of your life is to build the house of death.

  • build

Of all our infirmities, the most savage is to despise our being.


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.


A man should ever be ready booted to take his journey.


Unless a man feels he has a good enough memory, he should never venture to lie.

  • memory

Wit is a dangerous weapon, even to the possessor, if he knows not how to use it discreetly.


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

  • myself

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


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.

  • marriage

Nothing is so firmly believed as what we least know.


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?


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.


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

  • confidence

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.


Any person of honor chooses rather to lose his honor than to lose his conscience.


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.


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


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


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


The entire lower world was created in the likeness of the higher world. All that exists in the higher world appears like an image in this lower world; yet all this is but One.


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


One may be humble out of pride.


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


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.


So it is with minds. Unless you keep them busy with some definite subject that will bridle and control them, they throw themselves in disorder hither and yon in the vague field of imagination ... And there is no mad or idle fancy that they do not bring forth in the agitation.


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

  • learning

Behold the hands, how they promise, conjure, appeal, menace, pray, supplicate, refuse, beckon, interrogate, admire, confess, cringe, instruct, command, mock and what not besides, with a variation and multiplication of variation which makes the tongue envious.


When I play with my cat, who knows whether she is not amusing herself with me more than I with her.


There is no desire more natural than the desire for knowledge.

  • knowledge

There is perhaps no more obvious vanity than to write of it so vainly.


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


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.

  • borrowing

There is no man so good, who, were he to submit all his thoughts and actions to the laws, would not deserve hanging ten times in his life.

  • virtue

Just as in habiliments it is a sign of weakness to wish to make oneself noticeable by some peculiar and unaccustomed fashion, so, in language, the quest for new-fangled phrases and little-known words comes from a puerile and pedantic ambition.


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


It is a sign of contraction of the mind when it is content, or of weariness. A spirited mind never stops within itself; it is always aspiring and going beyond its strength.


I once took pleasure some place in seeing men, through piety, take a vow of ignorance, as of chastity, poverty, penitence. It is also castrating our disorderly appetites, to blunt that cupidity that pricks us on to the study of books, and to deprive the soul of that voluptuous complacency which tickles us with the notion of being learned.


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.

  • death

My trade and art is to live.


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


Nature should have been pleased to have made this age miserable, without making it also ridiculous.

  • age

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.


Even on the most exalted throne in the world we are only sitting on our own bottom.


It is the mind that maketh good or ill, That maketh wretch or happy, rich or poor.

  • wisdom

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.


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.


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.

  • pleasure

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

  • myself

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


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