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MICHEL EYQUEM DE MONTAIGNE
French philosopher and essayist
(1533 - 1592)
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A wise man loses nothing, if he but save himself.
      - Essays--Of Solitude [Loss]

'Tis so much to be a king, that he only is so by being so.
      - Essays--Of the Inconveniences of Greatness
        [Royalty]

There never was in the world two opinions alike, no more that two hairs, or two grains; the most universal quality is diversity.
      - Essays--Of the Resemblance of Children to their Fathers
        [Opinion]

Persons of mean understandings, not so inquisitive, nor so well instructed, are made good Christians, and by reverence and obedience, implicity believe, and abide by their belief.
      - Essays--Of Vain Subleties [Christianity]

"Companions," said he [Saturninus], "you have lost a good captain, to make of him a bad general."
      - Essays--Of Vanity [Soldiers]

There is no man so good, who, were he to submit all his thoughts and actions to the laws would not deserve hanging tem times in his life.
      - Essays--Of Vanity [Law]

My appetite comes to me while eating.
      - Essays--Of Vanity (bk. III, ch. IX)
        [Appetite]

I find that the best virtue I have has in it some tincture of vice.
      - Essays--That we Taste Nothing Pure
        [Virtue]

And to bring in a new word by the head and shoulders, they leave out the old one.
      - Essays--Upon some Verses of Vergil [Words]

Experience stands on its own dunghill in medicine, and reason yields it place. Medicine has always professed experience to be the touchstone of its operations.
      - Montaigne (bk. III, ch. 13) [Medicine]

On the most exalted throne in the world, we are still seated on nothing but our arse.
      - Montaigne (bk. III, ch. 13) [Monarchy]

There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.
      - Of Cannibals (ch. XXX) [Victory]

The laws of conscience, which we pretend to be derived from nature, proceed from custom.
      - Of Custom and Law (ch. XXII) [Custom]

Even opinion is of force enough to make itself to be espoused at the expense of life.
      - Of Good and Evil (ch. XL) [Opinion]

Who is not sure of his memory should not attempt lying.
  [Fr., Qui ne sent point assez ferme de memoire, ne se doit pas meler d'etre menteur.]
      - Of Liars (bk. I, ch. IX) [Lying]

One may be humble out of pride.
      - Of Presumption (bk. II, ch. XVII)
        [Humility]

Like the watermen who advance forward while they look backward.
      - Of Profit and Honesty (bk. II, ch. XXIX)
        [Boating]

Is it not a noble farce wherein kings, republics, and emperors have for so many ages played their parts, and to which the vast universe serves for a theatre?
      - Of the Most Excellent Men [World]

Saturninus said, "Comrades, you have lost a good captain to make him an ill general."
      - Of Vanity (bk. III, ch. IX) [Change]


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