Michel de Montaigne

(28 February 1533 – 13 September 1592)

Michel de Montaigne Quotes

  • ''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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  • ''If a man urge me to tell wherefore I loved him, I feel it cannot be expressed but by answering: Because it was he, because it was myself.''
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. Essays, bk. 1, ch. 27 (1580), trans. by John Florio (1603). Referring to Étienne de la Boétie.
  • ''To philosophize is to learn to die.''
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "That to philosophize is to learn to die," ch. 20, p. 75, The Essays of Montaigne, vol. I, trans. by E.J. Trechmann, Oxford University Press, New York and London (n.d.). Montaigne's appraisal of philosophy.

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