Quotations From MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE

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  • 171.
    The value of life lies not in the length of days but in the use you make of them; he has lived for a long time who has little lived.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. Essays, bk. 1, ch. 20 (1595).

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  • 172.
    We perceive no charms that are not sharpened, puffed out, and inflated by artifice. Those which glide along naturally and simply easily escape a sight so gross as ours.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Physiognomy," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. III, ch. 12, Abel Langelier, Paris (1588).
  • 173.
    I agree that we should work and prolong the functions of life as far as we can, and hope that Death may find me planting my cabbages, but indifferent to him and still more to the unfinished state of my garden.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "That to Philosophize Is to Learn to Die," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. I, ch. 20, Abel Langelier, Paris (1595).

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  • 174.
    I want Death to find me planting my cabbages, neither worrying about it nor the unfinished gardening.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. Essays, bk. 1, ch. 20 (1580).

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  • 175.
    My art and profession is to live.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. Essays, bk. 2, ch. 6 (1580-1588), trans. by John Florio (1603).
  • 176.
    To say less of yourself than is true is stupidity, not modesty. To pay yourself less than you are worth is cowardice and pusillanimity.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Practice," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. II, ch. 6, Abel Langelier, Paris (1595).
  • 177.
    All opinions in the world agree in this, that pleasure is our end, although they differ as to the means of attaining it.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "That to Philosophize Is to Learn to Die," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. I, ch. 20, Simon Millanges, Bordeaux, first edition (1580).

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  • 178.
    This book was written in good faith, reader. It warns you from the outset that in it I have set myself no goal but a domestic and private one.... I am myself the matter of my book.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. The Essays (Les Essais), Simon Millanges, Bordeaux, first edition (1580).

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  • 179.
    I seek in books only to give myself pleasure by honest amusement; or if I study, I seek only the learning that treats of the knowledge of myself and instructs me in how to die well and live well.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Books," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. II, ch. 10, Simon Millanges, Bordeaux, first edition (1580).
  • 180.
    Each person calls barbarism whatever is not his or her own practice.... We may call Cannibals barbarians, in respect to the rules of reason, but not in respect to ourselves, who surpass them in every kind of barbarity.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Cannibals," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. I, ch. 31, Simon Millanges, Bordeaux, first edition (1580).

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