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.

— Michel de Montaigne

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


We must learn to endure what we cannot avoid.

Our life is composed, like the harmony of the world, of contrary things, also of different tones, sweet and harsh, sharp and flat, soft and loud. If a musician liked only one kind, what would he have to say?

Michel de Montaigne quote Man cannot make a worm, yet he will make

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


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


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


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


The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness.


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


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


Experience has taught me this, that we undo ourselves by impatience.

Misfortunes have their life and their limits, their sickness and their health.


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


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


There is nothing more notable in Socrates than that he found time, when he was an old man, to learn music and dancing, and thought it time well spent.


About Michel de Montaigne

Quotes 1000 sayings
Nationality French
Profession Philosopher
Birthday February 28, 1533

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


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


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


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


No pleasure has any savor for me without communication.


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


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


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


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.


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


On the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom.


There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.


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


Lend yourself to others, but give yourself to yourself.


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.


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


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


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.


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.


To compose our character is our duty, not to compose books, and to win, not battles and provinces, but order and tranquility in our conduct. Our great and glorious masterpiece is to live appropriately. All other things, ruling, hoarding, building, are only little appendages and props, at most.


Not being able to govern events, I govern myself.


There is no more expensive thing than a free gift.


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.


When all is summed up, a man never speaks of himself without loss;

his accusations of himself are always believed; his praises never.


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


Excellent memories are often coupled with feeble judgments.


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.


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


Our great and glorious masterpiece is to live appropriately.


True freedom is to have power over oneself for everything.


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


The lack of wealth is easily repaired but the poverty of the soul is irreplaceable.


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


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


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


It is not necessity but abundance which produces greed.


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