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MICHEL EYQUEM DE MONTAIGNE
French philosopher and essayist
(1533 - 1592)
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I study myself more than any other subject; it is my metaphysic, it is my physic.
      - [Self-examination]

If I were a writer of books, I would compile a register, with the comment of the various deaths of men; and it could not but be useful, for who should teach men to die would at the same time teach them to live.
      - [Death]

If love and ambition should be in equal balance, and come to jostle with equal force, I make no doubt but that the last would win the prize.
      - [Ambition]

If not for that of conscience, yet at least for ambition's sake, let us reject ambition, let us disdain that thirst of honor and renown, so low and mendicant; that it makes us beg it of all sorts of people.
      - [Ambition]

In my opinion it is the happy living, and not, as Antisthenes said, the happy lying, in which human happiness consists.
      - [Happiness]

In plain truth, it is not want, but rather abundance, that creates avarice.
      - [Avarice]

In the education of children there is nothing like alluring the appetites and affection; otherwise you make so many asses laden with books.
      - [Teaching]

Is there anything so grave and serious as an ass?
      - [Gravity]

It happens as with cages; the birds without despair to get in, and those within despair of getting out.
      - [Discontent]

It is easier to sacrifice great than little things.
      - [Sacrifice]

It is for little souls, that truckle under the weight of affairs, not to know how clearly to disengage themselves, and not to know how to lay them aside and take them up again.
      - [Self-reliance]

It is indeed the boundary of life, beyond which we are not to pass; which the law of nature has pitched for a limit not to be exceeded.
      - [Old Age]

It is not without good reason said, that he who has not a good memory should never take upon him the trade of lying.
      - [Falsehood]

It is the rule of rules, and the general law of all laws, that every person should observe those of the place where he is.
      - [Fashion]

Knowledge is an excellent drug; but no drug has virtue enough to preserve itself from corruption and decay, if the vessel be tainted and impure wherein it is put to keep.
      - [Knowledge]

Learning is not to be tacked to the mind, but we must fuse and blend them together, not merely giving the mind a slight tincture, but a thorough and perfect dye. And if we perceive no evident change and improvement, it would be better to leave it alone; learning is a dangerous weapon, and apt to wound its master if it be wielded by a feeble hand, and by one not well acquainted with its use.
      - [Learning]

Life in itself is neither good nor evil, it is the scene of good or evil, as you make it.
      - [Life]

Lovers are angry, reconciled, entreat, thank, appoint, and finally speak all things, by their.
      - [Eyes]

Lying is a disgraceful vice, and one that Plutarch paints in most disgraceful colors, when he says that it is "affording testimony that one first despises God, and then fears men." It is not possible more happily to describe its horrible, disgusting, and abandoned nature; for can we imagine anything more vile than to be cowards with regard to men, and brave with regard to God.
      - [Lying]

Man as certainly stark mad; he cannot make a flea, and yet he will be making gods by dozens.
      - [Gods]

Man, in sooth, marvelous, vain, fickle, and unstable subject.
      - [Man]

Many persons, after they become learned cease to be good; all other knowledge is hurtful to him who has not the science of honesty and good nature.
      - [Learning]

Men are tormented by the opinions they have of things, and not the things themselves.
      - [Opinion]

Men on all occasions throw themselves upon foreign assistances to spare their own, which are the only certain and sufficient ones with which they can arm themselves.
      - [Self-reliance]

Might I have had my own will, I would not have married Wisdom herself, if she would have had me.
      - [Celibacy]


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