Quotations From MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE

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  • 11.
    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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  • 12.
    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).

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  • 13.
    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).

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  • 14.
    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).
  • 15.
    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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  • 16.
    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).

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  • 17.
    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).

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  • 18.
    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).

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  • 19.
    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).
  • 20.
    Is it reasonable that even the arts should take advantage of and profit by our natural stupidity and feebleness of mind?
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Diversion," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. III, ch. 4, Abel Langelier, Paris (1588).
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