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MICHEL EYQUEM DE MONTAIGNE
French philosopher and essayist
(1533 - 1592)
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A feast not profuse but elegant; more of salt [refinement] than of expense.
  [Lat., Non ampliter, sed munditer convivium; plus salis quam sumptus.]
      - quoted by Essays (bk. III, ch. IX)
        [Festivities]

It happens as one sees in cages: the birds which are outside despair of ever getting in, and those within are equally desirous of getting out.
  [Fr., Il en advient ce qui se veoid aux cages; les oyseaux qui en sont dehors, desesperent d'y entrer; et d'un pareil soing en sortir, ceulx sont au dedans.]
      - Essays (bk. III, ch. V) [Matrimony]

Women when they marry buy a cat in the bag.
      - Essays (bk. III, ch. V) [Matrimony]

He who has once been very foolish will at no other time be very wise.
  [Fr., Qui aura este une fois bien fol ne sera nulle aultre fois bien sage.]
      - Essays (bk. III, ch. VI) [Wisdom]

As one might say of me that I have only made here a collection of other people's flowers, having provided nothing of my own but the cord to bind them together.
  [Fr., Comme quelqu'un pourroit dire de moy, que j'ay seulement faict icy un amas de fleurs estrangieres, n'y ayant fourny du mien que le filet a les lier.]
      - Essays (bk. III, ch. XII) [Quotations]

. . . I have seen books make of things neither studied nor ever understood . . . the author contenting himself for his own part, to have cast the plot and projected the design of it, and by his industry to have bound up the fagot of unknown provisions; at least the ink and paper his own. This may be said to be a buying or borrowing, and not a making or compiling of a book.
      - Essays (bk. III, ch. XII) [Quotations]

Words repeated again have as another sound, so another sense.
      - Essays (bk. III, ch. XII) [Words]

I believe it to be true that Dreams are the true Interpreters of our Inclinations; but there is Art required to sort and understand them.
      - Essays (bk. III, ch. XIII) [Dreams]

To each foot its own shoe.
  [Fr., A chaque pied son soulier.]
      - Essays (bk. III, ch. XIII) [Shoemaking]

Experience teaches that a good memory is generally joined to a weak judgment.
  [Fr., Il se veoid par experience, que les memoires excellentes se joignent volontiers aux jugements debiles.]
      - Essays (I, 9) [Memory]

What's done can't be undone.
  [Fr., Ce qui est faicr ne se peult desfaire.]
      - Essays (III) [Action : Proverbs]

The secret counsels of princes are a troublesome burden to such as have only to execute them.
  [Fr., C'est une importune garde, du secret des princes, a qui n'en que faire.]
      - Essays (III, 1) [Advice]

The lack of wealth is easily repaired; but the poverty of the soul is irreparable.
  [Fr., La pauvrete des biens est aysee a guerir; la pauvrete de l'ame, impossible.]
      - Essays (III, 10) [Poverty]

The clatter of arms drowns the voice of the law.
  [Fr., Le bruit des armes l'empeschoit d'entendre la voix des lois.]
      - Essays (III, I) [Law]

You have your face bare; I am all face.
  [Fr., Vous avez bien la face desouverte; moi je suis tout face.]
      - Essays (vol. I, ch XXXV),
        answer of a naked beggar who was asked whether he was not cold
        [Face]

Were I to live my life over again, I should live it just as I have done. I neither complain of the past, nor do I fear the future.
      - Essays On Repentance (bk. III, ch. II)
        [Life]

Let us a little permit Nature to take her own way; she better understands her own affairs than we.
      - Essays--Experience [Nature]

The thing in the world I am most afraid of is fear, and with good reason; that passion alone, in the trouble of it, exceeding all other accidents.
      - Essays--Fear [Fear]

Whom conscience, ne'er asleep,
  Wounds with incessant strokes, not loud, but deep.
      - Essays--Of Conscience (bk. II, ch. V)
        [Conscience]

Nothing is so firmly believed as what we least know.
      - Essays--Of Divine Ordinances
         (bk. I, ch. XXXI) [Belief]

How many worthy men have we seen survive their own reputations!
      - Essays--Of Glory [Reputation]

Amongst so many borrowed things, am glad if I can steal one, disguising and altering it for some new service.
      - Essays--Of Physiognomy [Plagiarism]

The publick weal requires that a man should betray, and lye, and massacre.
      - Essays--Of Profit and Honesty [Policy]

I speak truth, not so much as I would, but as much as I dare; and I dare a little the more I grow older.
      - Essays--Of Repentance [Truth]

A man must either imitate the vicious or hate them.
      - Essays--Of Solitude [Comparison]


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