Michel de Montaigne

(28 February 1533 – 13 September 1592)

Michel de Montaigne Quotes

  • ''Scratching is one of nature's sweetest gratifications, and the one nearest at hand.''
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Experience," bk. 3, ch. 13, Essays (1588).
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  • ''We are all patchwork, and so shapeless and diverse in composition that each bit, each moment, plays its own game.''
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of The Inconsistency Of Our Actions," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. II, ch. 1, Simon Millanges, Bordeaux, first edition (1580).
  • ''It is more of a job to interpret the interpretations than to interpret the things, and there are more books about books than about any other subject: we do nothing but write glosses about each other.''
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Experience," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. III, ch. 13, Abel Langelier, Paris (1588).
  • ''Not only does the wind of accidents stir me according to its blowing, but I am also stirred and troubled by the instability of my attitude.''
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of The Inconsistency Of Our Actions," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. II, ch. 1, Abel Langelier, Paris (1588).
  • ''I consider it equal injustice to set our heart against natural pleasures and to set our heart too much on them. We should neither pursue them, nor flee them; we should accept them.''
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Experience," &UN:, The Essays (Les Essais), bk. III, ch. 13, Abel Langelier, Paris (1595).
  • ''Laws remain in credit not because they are just, but because they are laws. That is the mystic foundation of their authority; they have no other.''
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Experience," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. III, ch. 13, Abel Langelier, Paris (1588).
  • ''He who does not give himself leisure to be thirsty cannot take pleasure in drinking.''
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of The Inequality That Is Between Us," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. I, ch. 42, Simon Millanges, Bordeaux, first edition (1580).
  • ''As for me, then, I love life and cultivate it just as God has been pleased to grant it to us.''
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Experience," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. III, ch. 13, Abel Langelier, Paris (1588).
  • ''Truly it is reasonable to make a great distinction between the faults that come from our weakness and those that come from our wickedness.''
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of the punishment of cowardice," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. I, ch. 16, Simon Millanges, Bordeaux, first edition (1580).
  • ''People do not know the natural infirmity of their mind: it does nothing but ferret and quest, and keeps incessantly whirling around, building up and becoming entangled in its own work, like our silkworms, and is suffocated in it: a mouse in a pitch barrel.''
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Experience," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. III, ch. 13, Abel Langelier, Paris (1588).

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