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I know well what I am fleeing from but not what I am in search of.
—  Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
Confidence in the goodness of another is good proof of one's own goodness.
—  Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
The old believe everything; the middle-aged suspect everything; the young know everything.
—  Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
Everyone recognizes me in my book, and my book in me.
—  Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
The man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears.
—  Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
I find that the best goodness I have has some tincture of vice.
—  Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
Every man bears the whole stamp of the human condition.
—  Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
How many valiant men we have seen to survive their own reputation!
—  Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
Marriage may be compared to a cage: the birds outside frantic to get in and those inside frantic to get out.
—  Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
A man is not hurt so much by what happens, as by his opinion of what happens.
—  Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
To make a crooked stick straight, we bend it to the contrary way.
—  Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
When I play with my cat, who knows whether I do not make her more sport than she makes me? When I play with my cat, who knows if I am not a pastime to her more than she is to me? When I play with my cat, who knows if I am not more of a pastime to her than she is to me?
—  Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
How many things served us yesterday for articles of faith, which today are fables to us!
—  Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
The clearest sign of wisdom is continued cheerfulness.
—  Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
Virtue can have naught to do with ease ... It craves a steep and thorny path.
—  Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
A man must keep a little back shop where he can be himself without reserve. In solitude alone can he know true freedom.
—  Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
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.
—  Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
I will follow the good side right to the fire but not into it if I can help it.
—  Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
Thus we should beware of clinging to vulgar opinions, and judge things by reason's way, not by popular say.
—  Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
Marriage is like a cage; one sees the birds outside desperate to get in, and those inside desperate to get out
—  Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
Let us a little permit Nature to take her own way; she better understands her own affairs than we.
—  Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.
—  Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
There is no man so good that if he placed all his actions and thoughts under the scrutiny of the laws, he would not deserve hanging ten times in his life.
—  Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
There never were in the world two opinions alike, no more than two hairs or two grains; the most universal quality is diversity.
—  Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
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 Eyquem de Montaigne
Nothing is so firmly believed as what is least known.
—  Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
Malice sucks up the greater part of her own venom, and poisons herself.
—  Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
Since we cannot match it let us take our revenge by abusing it.
—  Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
Of all the infirmities we have, the most savage is to despise our being.
—  Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
I have seen no more evident monstrosity and miracle in the world than myself.
—  Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
The easy, gentle, and sloping path ... is not the path of true virtue. It demands a rough and thorny road.
—  Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
The mind is a dangerous weapon, even to the possessor, if he knows not discreetly how to use it.
—  Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
When all is summed up, a man never speaks of himself without loss; his accusations of himself are always believed; his praises never.
—  Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
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 Eyquem de Montaigne
It is a thorny undertaking, and more so than it seems, to follow a movement so wandering as that of our mind, to penetrate the opaque depths of its innermost folds, to pick out and immobilize the innumerable flutterings that agitate it.
—  Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
Make use of life while you have it. Whether you have lived enough depends upon yourself, not on the number of your years.
—  Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
We must reserve a back shop all our own entirely free, in which to establish our real liberty and our principal retreat and solitude.
—  Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
A man of understanding has lost nothing, if he has himself.
—  Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
And one might therefore say of me that in this book I have only made up a bunch of other people's flowers, and that of my own I have only provided the string that ties them together.
—  Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
There is nothing on which men are commonly more intent than on making a way for their opinions.
—  Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
Man is certainly stark mad; he cannot make a flea, and yet he will be making gods by dozens. different translation Man is certainly crazy. He could not make a mite, and he makes gods by the dozen.
—  Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
I do not speak the minds of others except to speak my own mind better.
—  Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak.
—  Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
He who would teach men to die would teach them to live.
—  Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
A man must be a little mad if he does not want to be even more stupid.
—  Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
are, at most, but inconsiderable props and appendages.
—  Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.
—  Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
Men are most apt to believe what they least understand.
—  Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
Only he can judge of matters great and high whose soul is likewise.
—  Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
I have here only made a nosegay of culled flowers, and have brought nothing of my own but the thread that ties them together.
—  Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
There is no conversation more boring than the one where everybody agrees.
—  Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

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