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Quotations From MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE

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  • 51.
    A good marriage ... is a sweet association in life: full of constancy, trust, and an infinite number of useful and solid services and mutual obligations.
    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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  • 52.
    Almost all the opinions we have are taken on authority and on credit.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Physiognomy," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. III, ch. 12, Abel Langelier, Paris (1588).
  • 53.
    A straight oar looks bent in the water. What matters is not merely that we see things but how we see them.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "That the taste of good and evil depends, for a good part, on the idea we have of them," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. I, ch. 14, Simon Millanges, Bordeaux, first edition (1580).

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  • 54.
    This idea is more surely understood by interrogation; WHAT DO I KNOW? which I bear as my motto with the emblem of a pair of scales.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Apology for Raimund Sebond," p. 526, The Essays of Montaigne, vol. I, trans. by E.J. Trechmann, Oxford University Press, New York and London (n.d.). Montaigne's motto, "Que sçay-je?"
  • 55.
    Our truth of nowadays is not what is, but what others can be convinced of; just as we call "money" not only that which is legal, but also any counterfeit that will pass.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Giving the Lie," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. II, ch. 18, Simon Millanges, Bordeaux, first edition (1580).

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  • 56.
    No pleasure has any savor for me without communication.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Vanity," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. III, ch. 9, Abel Langelier, Paris (1588).
  • 57.
    Most of the rules and precepts of the world take this course of pushing us out of ourselves and driving us into the market place, for the benefit of public society.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Husbanding Your Will," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. III, ch. 10, Abel Langelier, Paris (1588).

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  • 58.
    Not because Socrates has said it, but because it is really in my nature, and perhaps a little more than it should be, I look upon all humans as my fellow-citizens, and would embrace a Pole as I would a Frenchman, subordinating this national tie to the common and universal one.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Vanity," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. III, ch. 9, Abel Langelier, Paris (1588).

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  • 59.
    Man will rise, if God by exception lends him a hand; he will rise by abandoning and renouncing his own means, and letting himself be raised and uplifted by purely celestial means.
    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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  • 60.
    Presumption is our natural and original malady. The most vulnerable and frail of all creatures is man, and at the same time the most arrogant.
    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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