Michel Montaigne

1533 - 1592

A Quote by Michel Eyquem de Montaigne on diversity and judgment

Truly man is a marvelously vain, diverse, and undulating object. It is hard to found any constant and uniform judgment on him.

Michel Montaigne (1533 - 1592)

Source: Essays

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A Quote by Michel Eyquem de Montaigne on stupidity

A man must be a little mad if he does not want to be even more stupid.

Michel Montaigne (1533 - 1592)

Source: Essais

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A Quote by Michel Eyquem de Montaigne on birds and marriage

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

Michel Montaigne (1533 - 1592)

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A Quote by Michel Eyquem de Montaigne on birds and marriage

Marriage may be compared to a cage: the birds outside frantic to get in and those inside frantic to get out.

Michel Montaigne (1533 - 1592)

Source: Essays (popular version)

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A Quote by Michel Eyquem de Montaigne on birds, despair, and marriage

It (marriage) happens as with cages; the birds without despair to get in, and those within despair of getting out.

Michel Montaigne (1533 - 1592)

Source: Essays, Book III

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A Quote by Michel Eyquem de Montaigne on danger, mind, and weapons

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

Michel Montaigne (1533 - 1592)

Source: Essays

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A Quote by Michel Eyquem de Montaigne on ignorance, miracles, and nature

Miracles arise from our ignorance of nature, not from nature itself.

Michel Montaigne (1533 - 1592)

Source: Essays Bk 1, Ch 39

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A Quote by Michel Eyquem de Montaigne on lies, life, satisfaction, and value

The value of life lies not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them: a man may live long, yet get little from life. Whether you find satisfaction in life depends not on your tale of years, but on your will.

Michel Montaigne (1533 - 1592)

Source: Essais

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A Quote by Michel Eyquem de Montaigne on humility

A man may be humble through vainglory.

Michel Montaigne (1533 - 1592)

Source: Essais

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A Quote by Michel Eyquem de Montaigne on books, fashion, and simplicity

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 Montaigne (1533 - 1592)

Source: Essays

Contributed by: Zaady

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