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Quotations --- Michael de Montaigne

Don't discuss yourself, for you are bound to lose; if you belittle yourself, you are believed; if you praise yourself, you are disbelieved.

Fashion is the science of appearances, and it inspires one with the desire to seem rather than to be.

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

He who is not very strong in memory should not meddle with lying.

I care not so much what I am to others as what I am to myself.

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

I see men ordinarily more eager to discover a reason for things than to find out whether the things are so.

Not being able to govern events, I govern myself.


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


Learned we may be with another man's learning: we can only be wise with wisdom of our own.


To compose our character is our duty, not to compose books, and to win, not battles and provinces, but order and tranquility in our conduct. Our great and glorious masterpiece is to live appropriately. All other things, ruling, hoarding, building, are only little appendages and props, at most.


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


Excellent memories are often coupled with feeble judgments.


Such as are in immediate fear of a losing their estates, of banishment, or of slavery, live in perpetual anguish, and lose all appetite and repose; whereas such as are actually poor, slaves, or exiles, ofttimes live as merrily as other folk.



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