Michel de Montaigne

(28 February 1533 – 13 September 1592)

Michel de Montaigne Quotes

  • ''There is no doubt that Greek and Latin are great and handsome ornaments, but we buy them too dear.''
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of the Education of Children," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. I, ch. 26, Simon Millanges, Bordeaux, first edition (1580).
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  • ''Aesop, that great man, saw his master making water as he walked. "What!" he said, "Must we void ourselves as we run?" Use our time as best we may, yet a great part of it will still be idly and ill spent.''
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Experience," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. III, ch. 13, Abel Langelier, Paris (1595).
  • ''Just as in habiliments it is a sign of weakness to wish to make oneself noticeable by some peculiar and unaccustomed fashion, so, in language, the quest for new-fangled phrases and little-known words comes from a puerile and pedantic ambition.''
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of the Education of Children," Essays (1580).
  • ''Who feareth to suffer suffereth already, because he feareth.''
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Experience," bk. 3, ch. 13, Essays, trans. by John Florio (1588).
  • ''Only the fools are certain and assured.''
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of the Education of Children," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. I, ch. 26, Abel Langelier, Paris (1595).
  • ''Let [children] be able to do all things, and love to do only the good.''
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of the Education of Children," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. I, ch. 26, Simon Millanges, Bordeaux, first edition (1580).
  • ''The most beautiful lives, to my mind, are those that conform to the common human pattern, with order, but without miracle and without eccentricity.''
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Experience," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. III, ch. 13, Abel Langelier, Paris (1595).
  • ''The true mirror of our discourse is the course of our lives.''
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of the Education of Children," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. I, ch. 26, Abel Langelier, Paris (1595).
  • ''Judgement holds in me a magisterial seat, at least it carefully tries to. It lets my feelings go their way, both hatred and friendship, even the friendship I bear myself, without being changed and corrupted by them.''
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Experience," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. III, ch. 13, Abel Langelier, Paris (1588).
  • ''Since we cannot attain unto it, let us revenge ourselves with railing against it.''
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of the Incommodity of Greatness," bk. 3, ch. 7, Essays, trans. by John Florio (1588).

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