Michel Montaigne

1533 - 1592

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, and men

Wherever your life ends, it is all there. The advantage of living is not measured by length, but by use; some men have lived long and lived little; attend to it while you are in it. It lies in your will, not in the number of years, for you to have lived enough.

Michel Montaigne (1533 - 1592)

Source: Essays

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A Quote by Michel Eyquem de Montaigne on falsehood, life, mountains, truth, and world

What of a truth that is bounded by these mountains and is falsehood to the world that lives beyond?

Michel Montaigne (1533 - 1592)

Source: Essays

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A Quote by Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Malice sucks up the greater part of her own venom, and poisons herself.

Michel Montaigne (1533 - 1592)

Source: Essays

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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 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

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A Quote by Michel Eyquem de Montaigne on good and mind

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It is good to rub and polish your mind against the minds of others.

Michel Montaigne (1533 - 1592)

Source: Essays

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