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Quotations From MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE

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  • 31.
    Of the opinions of philosophy I most gladly embrace those that are most solid, that is to say, most human and most our own; my opinions, in conformity with my conduct, are low and humble.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Experience," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. III, ch. 13, Abel Langelier, Paris (1588).
  • 32.
    It is an absolute and virtually divine perfection to know how to enjoy our being rightfully.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Experience," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. III, ch. 13, Abel Langelier, Paris (1588).
  • 33.
    I will follow the good side as far as the fire, but exclusively, if I can.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of the Useful and the Honorable," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. III, ch. 1, Abel Langelier, Paris (1588).

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  • 34.
    It is the part of cowardliness, and not of virtue, to seek to squat itself in some hollow lurking hole, or to hide herself under some massive tomb, thereby to shun the strokes of fortune.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "A Custom of the Isle of Cea," bk. 2, ch. 3, Essays (1580-1588), trans. by John Florio.
  • 35.
    Truth itself does not have the privilege to be employed at any time and in any way; its use, noble as it is, has its limits.
    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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  • 36.
    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).
  • 37.
    Is it not enough to make me come back to life out of spite, to have someone who spat in my face while I existed come and rub my feet when I am beginning to exist no longer?
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Three Good Women," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. II, ch. 35, Abel Langelier, Paris (1595).

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  • 38.
    We have the pleasures suitable to our lot; let us not usurp those of greatness. Ours are more natural and all the more solid and sure for being humbler. Since we will not do so out of conscience, at least out of ambition let us reject ambition.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Husbanding Your Will," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. III, ch. 10, Abel Langelier, Paris (1588).
  • 39.
    Most of our occupations are low comedy.... We must play our part duly, but as the part of a borrowed character. Of the mask and appearance we must not make a real essence, nor of what is foreign what is our very own.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Husbanding Your Will," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. III, ch. 10, Abel Langelier, Paris (1588).
  • 40.
    This very Rome that we behold deserves our love ...: the only common and universal city.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Vanity," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. III, ch. 9, Abel Langelier, Paris (1588).

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