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Michel Eyquem De Montaigne Quotes

(1533-1592), French Philosopher, Essayist

Age imprints more wrinkles in the mind than it does on the face.

Category: Age And Aging

Nature should have been pleased to have made this age miserable, without making it also ridiculous.

Category: Age And Aging

Ambition is not a vice of little people.

Category: Ambition

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

Category: Amusement

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

Category: Argument

No profession or occupation is more pleasing than the military; a profession or exercise both noble in execution (for the strongest, most generous and proudest of all virtues is true valor) and noble in its cause. No utility either more just or universal than the protection of the repose or defense of the greatness of one's country. The company and daily conversation of so many noble, young and active men cannot but be well-pleasing to you.

Category: Army And Navy

I consider myself an average man, except in the fact that I consider myself an average man.

Category: Averages

The beauty of stature is the only beauty of men.

Category: Beauty

How many things served us but yesterday as articles of faith, which today we deem but fables?

Category: Belief

Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know.

Category: Belief

Every abridgement of a good book is a fool abridged.

Category: Books And Reading

Let us not be ashamed to speak what we shame not to think.

Category: Candor

An unattempted lady could not vaunt of her chastity.

Category: Chastity

The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness.

Category: Cheerfulness

The most manifest sign of wisdom is a continual cheerfulness; her state is like that in the regions above the moon, always clear and serene.

Category: Cheerfulness