A man of understanding has lost nothing, if he has himself.
Michel Montaigne (1533 - 1592)
Contributed by: Zaady
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.
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.
Their [the Skeptics'] way of speaking is: "I settle nothing. . . . I do not understand it. . . . Nothing seems true that may not seem false." Their sacramental word is . . . , which is to say, I suspend my judgment.
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.
There is nothing on which men are commonly more intent than on making a way for their opinions.
I quote others only the better to express myself.
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