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  • 41.
    Our speech has its weaknesses and its defects, like all the rest. Most of the occasions for the troubles of the world are grammatical.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Apology For Raymond Sebond," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. II, ch. 12, Simon Millanges, Bordeaux, first edition (1580).

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  • 42.
    The mind that has no fixed goal loses itself; for, as they say, to be everywhere is to be nowhere.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Idleness," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. I, ch. 8, Simon Millanges, Bordeaux, first edition (1580).
  • 43.
    We do not marry for ourselves, whatever we say; we marry just as much or more for our posterity, for our family. The practice and benefit of marriage concerns our race very far beyond us.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "On Some Verses of Virgil," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. III, ch. 5, Abel Langelier, Paris (1588).

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  • 44.
    I see this evident, that we willingly accord to piety only the services that flatter our passions.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Apology For Raymond Sebond," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. II, ch. 12, Abel Langelier, Paris (1595).
  • 45.
    Truly man is a marvelously vain, diverse, and undulating object. It is hard to found any constant and uniform judgment on him.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "By diverse means we arrive at the same end," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. I, ch. 1, Simon Millanges, Bordeaux, first edition (1580).
  • 46.
    I hate your people that will sooner tolerate a soul than a gown that is awry, and will judge a man by his bow, his bearing, and his boots.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Pedantry," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. I, ch. 25, Abel Langelier, Paris (1588).

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  • 47.
    I love a gay and sociable wisdom, and shun harshness and austerity in behaviour, holding every surly countenance suspect.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "On Some Verses of Virgil," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. III, ch. 5, Abel Langelier, Paris (1588).

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  • 48.
    We take the opinions and the knowledge of others into our keeping, and that is all. We must make them our own.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Pedantry," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. I, ch. 25, Simon Millanges, Bordeaux, first edition (1580).
  • 49.
    I say that male and female are cast in the same mold; except for education and habits, the difference is not great.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "On Some Verses of Virgil," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. III, ch. 5, Abel Langelier, Paris (1588).

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  • 50.
    When I play with my cat, who knows whether she isn't amusing herself with me more than I with her.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. Essays, bk. 2, ch. 12 (1595).

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