Michel de Montaigne quotes

 quotes - A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband. Share

“A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband.”

— Michel de Montaigne

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“Nothing fixes a thing so intensely in the memory as the wish to forget it.”

— Michel de Montaigne

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“Lend yourself to others, but give yourself to yourself.”

— Michel de Montaigne

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“My life has been full of terrible misfortunes most of which never happened.”

— Michel de Montaigne

“If you press me to say why I loved him, I can say no more than because he was he, and I was I.”

— Michel de Montaigne

“Stubborn and ardent clinging to one's opinion is the best proof of stupidity.”

— Michel de Montaigne

“The value of life lies not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them... Whether you find satisfaction in life depends not on your tale of years, but on your will.”

— Michel de Montaigne

“If there is such a thing as a good marriage, it is because it resembles friendship rather than love.”

— Michel de Montaigne

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

— Michel de Montaigne

“I have never seen a greater monster or miracle in the world than myself.”

— Michel de Montaigne

“The beautiful souls are they that are universal, open, and ready for all things.”

— Michel de Montaigne

“There is no conversation more boring than the one where everybody agrees.”

— Michel de Montaigne

“He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak.”

— Michel de Montaigne

“I prefer the company of peasants because they have not been educated sufficiently to reason incorrectly.”

— Michel de Montaigne

“I speak the truth not so much as I would, but as much as I dare, and I dare a little more as I grow older.”

— Michel de Montaigne

“A man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears.”

— Michel de Montaigne

“I do myself a greater injury in lying than I do him of whom I tell a lie.”

— Michel de Montaigne

“Confidence in others' honesty is no light testimony of one's own integrity.”

— Michel de Montaigne

“Once conform, once do what others do because they do it, and a kind of lethargy steals over all the finer senses of the soul.”

— Michel de Montaigne

“Let us permit nature to have her way. She understands her business better than we do.”

— Michel de Montaigne

“Make your educational laws strict and your criminal ones can be gentle; but if you leave youth its liberty you will have to dig dungeons for ages.”

— Michel de Montaigne

“I care not so much what I am to others as what I am to myself. I will be rich by myself, and not by borrowing.”

— Michel de Montaigne

“In nine lifetimes, you'll never know as much about your cat as your cat knows about you.”

— Michel de Montaigne

“I study myself more than any other subject. That is my metaphysics, that is my physics.”

— Michel de Montaigne

“I quote others only in order the better to express myself.”

— Michel de Montaigne

“It is good to rub and polish our brain against that of others.”

— Michel de Montaigne

“Rejoice in the things that are present; all else is beyond thee.”

— Michel de Montaigne

“It is a monstrous thing that I will say, but I will say it all the same: I find in many things more restraint and order in my morals than in my opinions, and my lust less depraved than my reason.”

— Michel de Montaigne

“When I play with my cat, who knows whether she is not amusing herself with me more than I with her.”

— Michel de Montaigne

“Those who have compared our life to a dream were right... we were sleeping wake, and waking sleep.”

— Michel de Montaigne
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