Michel de Montaigne

(28 February 1533 – 13 September 1592)

Michel de Montaigne Quotes

  • ''Have you known how to take rest? You have done more than he who hath taken empires and cities.''
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Experience," bk. 3, ch. 13, Essays, trans. by John Florio (1588).
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  • ''There is nothing like arousing appetite and affection; otherwise all you make out of them is asses loaded with books.''
    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).
  • ''I study myself more than any other subject. That is my metaphysics, that is my physics.''
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Experience," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. III, ch. 13, Abel Langelier, Paris (1595).
  • ''If others surpass you in knowledge, in charm, in strength, in fortune, you have other causes to blame for it; but if you yield to them in stoutness of heart you have only yourself to blame.''
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Experience," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. III, ch. 13, Abel Langelier, Paris (1588).
  • ''Socrates was asked where he was from. He replied not "Athens," but "The world."''
    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).
  • ''I hold that it is true that dreams are faithful interpreters of our drives; but there is an art to sorting and understanding them.''
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Experience," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. III, ch. 13, Abel Langelier, Paris (1588).
  • ''When I quote others I do so in order to express my own ideas more clearly.''
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of the Education of Children," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. I, ch. 26, Abel Langelier, Paris (1595).
  • ''We must learn to endure what we cannot avoid. Our life is composed, like the harmony of the world, of contrary things, also of different tones, sweet and harsh, sharp and flat, soft and loud. If a musician liked only one kind, what would he have to say?''
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Experience," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. III, ch. 13, Abel Langelier, Paris (1588).
  • ''I aim here only at revealing myself, who will perhaps be different tomorrow, if I learn something new which changes me.''
    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).
  • ''How many condemnations I have witnessed more criminal than the crime!''
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Experience," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. III, ch. 13, Abel Langelier, Paris (1595).

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