Virtue can have naught to do with ease. . . . It craves a steep and thorny path.
Michel Montaigne (1533 - 1592)
Contributed by: Zaady
The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.
A man of understanding has lost nothing, if he has himself.
A man must keep a little back shop where he can be himself without reserve. In solitude alone can he know true freedom.
We must reserve a back shop all our own entirely free, in which to establish our real liberty and our principal retreat and solitude.
My trade and my art is living.
Everyone recognizes me in my book, and my book in me.
The souls of emperors and cobblers are cast in the same mould. . . . The same reason that makes us wrangle with a neighbour causes a war betwixt princes.
The old believe everything; the middle-aged suspect everything; the young know everything.
A man is not hurt so much by what happens, as by his opinion of what happens.
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