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Michel Eyquem De Montaigne Quotes

(1533-1592), French Philosopher, Essayist

To honor him whom we have made is far from honoring him that hath made us..

Category: God

It is very easy to accuse a government of imperfection, for all mortal things are full of it.

Category: Government

What harm cause not those huge draughts or pictures which wanton youth with chalk or coals draw in each passage, wall or stairs of our great houses, whence a cruel contempt of our natural store is bred in them?

Category: Graffiti

It is not the want, but rather abundance that creates avarice.

Category: Greed

Habit is second nature.

Category: Habit

The smallest annoyances, disturb us the most.

Category: Happiness

I love those historians that are either very simple or most excellent. Such as are between both (which is the most common fashion), it is they that spoil all; they will needs chew our meat for us and take upon them a law to judge, and by consequence to square and incline the story according to their fantasy.

Category: History And Historians

My home...It is my retreat and resting place from wars, I try to keep this corner as a haven against the tempest outside, as I do another corner in my soul.

Category: Home

No man is so exquisitely honest or upright in living, but that ten times in his life he might not lawfully be hanged.

Category: Honesty

Man is stark mad; he cannot make a flea, and yet he will be making gods by the dozens.

Category: Humankind

The weeping of an heir is laughter in disguise.

Category: Inheritance

The most profound joy has more of gravity than of gaiety in it.

Category: Joy

It is a common seen by experience that excellent memories do often accompany weak judgments.

Category: Judgment And Judges

We need very strong ears to hear ourselves judged frankly, and because there are few who can endure frank criticism without being stung by it, those who venture to criticize us perform a remarkable act of friendship, for to undertake to wound or offend a man for his own good is to have a healthy love for him.

Category: Judgment And Judges

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

Category: Knowledge