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Michel Eyquem De Montaigne Quotes

(1533-1592), French Philosopher, Essayist

For truly it is to be noted, that children's plays are not sports, and should be deemed as their most serious actions.

Category: Children

It is good to rub and polish our brain against that of others.

Category: Communication

There is no pleasure to me without communication: there is not so much as a sprightly thought comes into my mind that it does not grieve me to have produced alone, and that I have no one to tell it to.

Category: Communication

The worst of my actions or conditions seem not so ugly unto me as I find it both ugly and base not to dare to avouch for them.

Category: Confession

The confidence in another man's virtue is no light evidence of a man's own, and God willingly favors such a confidence.

Category: Confidence

Confidence in another person's virtue is no light evidence of your own.

Category: Confidence

In my opinion, the most fruitful and natural play of the mind is in conversation. I find it sweeter than any other action in life; and if I were forced to choose, I think I would rather lose my sight than my hearing and voice. The study of books is a drowsy and feeble exercise which does not warm you up.

Category: Conversation

There is no conversation more boring than the one where everybody agrees.

Category: Conversation

The strangest, most generous, and proudest of all virtues is true courage.

Category: Courage

Since we cannot attain unto it, let us revenge ourselves with railing against it.

Category: Critics And Criticism

The way of the world is to make laws, but follow custom.

Category: Custom

Death, they say, acquits us of all obligations.

Category: Death And Dying

Dying is a very dull, dreary affair. My advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it.

Category: Death And Dying

I want death to find me planting my cabbage

Category: Death And Dying

If you don't know how to die, don't worry; Nature will tell you what to do on the spot, fully and adequately. She will do this job perfectly for you; don't bother your head about it.

Category: Death And Dying