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He who fears he shall suffer, already suffers what he fears. - Michel de Montaigne Quotes
He who fears he shall suffer, already suffers what he fears.
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The value of life lies not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them... Whether you find satisfaction in life depends not on your tale of years, but on your will.
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Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul. - Michel de Montaigne Quotes
Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul.
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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?
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The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself. - Michel de Montaigne Quotes
The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.
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My life has been full of terrible misfortunes most of which never happened. - Michel de Montaigne Quotes
My life has been full of terrible misfortunes most of which never happened.
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A man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears. - Michel de Montaigne Quotes
A man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears.
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Experience has taught me this, that we undo ourselves by impatience. Misfortunes have their life and their limits, their sickness and their health.
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There is no conversation more boring than the one where everybody agrees. - Michel de Montaigne Quotes
There is no conversation more boring than the one where everybody agrees.
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We are all patchwork, and so shapeless and diverse in composition that each bit, each moment, plays its own game.
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~The value of life lies not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them ~ - Michel de Montaigne Quotes
~The value of life lies not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them ~
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A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband. - Michel de Montaigne Quotes
A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband.
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Marriage is like a cage; one sees the birds outside desperate to get in, and those inside equally desperate to get out.
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The most fruitful and natural exercise for our minds is, in my opinion, conversation. - Michel de Montaigne Quotes
The most fruitful and natural exercise for our minds is, in my opinion, conversation.
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The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness. - Michel de Montaigne Quotes
The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness.
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There is nothing more notable in Socrates than that he found time, when he was an old man, to learn music and dancing, and thought it time well spent.
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The daughter-in-law of Pythagoras said that a woman who goes to bed with a man ought to lay aside her modesty with her skirt, and put it on again with her petticoat
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Man is quite insane. He wouldn?t know how to create a maggot, and he creates Gods by the dozen. - Michel de Montaigne Quotes
Man is quite insane. He wouldn?t know how to create a maggot, and he creates Gods by the dozen.
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It is good to rub and polish our brain against that of others. - Michel de Montaigne Quotes
It is good to rub and polish our brain against that of others.
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Every man has within himself the entire human condition - Michel de Montaigne Quotes
Every man has within himself the entire human condition
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Stubborn and ardent clinging to one's opinion is the best proof of stupidity. - Michel de Montaigne Quotes
Stubborn and ardent clinging to one's opinion is the best proof of stupidity.
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I prefer the company of peasants because they have not been educated sufficiently to reason incorrectly.
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God might grant us riches, honours, life, and even health, to our own hurt; for every thing that is pleasing to us is not always good for us. If he sends us death, or an increase of sickness, instead of a cure, Vvrga tua et baculus, tuus ipsa me consolata sunt. "Thy rod and thy staff have comforted me," he does it by the rule of his providence, which better and more certainly discerns what is proper for us than we can do; and we ought to take it in good part, as coming from a wise and most friendly hand.
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No pleasure has any savor for me without communication. - Michel de Montaigne Quotes
No pleasure has any savor for me without communication.
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Make your educational laws strict and your criminal ones can be gentle; but if you leave youth its liberty you will have to dig dungeons for ages.
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We can be knowledgeable with other men's knowledge, but we cannot be wise with other men's wisdom. - Michel de Montaigne Quotes
We can be knowledgeable with other men's knowledge, but we cannot be wise with other men's wisdom.
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The soul which has no fixed purpose in life is lost; to be everywhere, is to be nowhere. - Michel de Montaigne Quotes
The soul which has no fixed purpose in life is lost; to be everywhere, is to be nowhere.
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When I quote others I do so in order to express my own ideas more clearly. - Michel de Montaigne Quotes
When I quote others I do so in order to express my own ideas more clearly.
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I want death to find me planting my cabbages. - Michel de Montaigne Quotes
I want death to find me planting my cabbages.
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On the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom. - Michel de Montaigne Quotes
On the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom.
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When I play with my cat, who knows whether she is not amusing herself with me more than I with her. - Michel de Montaigne Quotes
When I play with my cat, who knows whether she is not amusing herself with me more than I with her.
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Love is like playing the piano. First you must learn to play by the rules, then you must forget the rules and play from your heart. If I were pressed to say why I loved him, I feel that my only reply could be: Because it was he, because it was I.
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My home...It is my retreat and resting place from wars, I try to keep this corner as a haven against the tempest outside, as I do another corner in my soul.
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Lend yourself to others, but give yourself to yourself. - Michel de Montaigne Quotes
Lend yourself to others, but give yourself to yourself.
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A man must become wise at his own expense. - Michel de Montaigne Quotes
A man must become wise at his own expense.
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I care not so much what I am to others as what I am to myself. I will be rich by myself, and not by borrowing.
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To begin depriving death of its greatest advantage over us, let us adopt a way clean contrary to that common one; let us deprive death of its strangeness, let us frequent it, let us get used to it; let us have nothing more often in mind than death... We do not know where death awaits us: so let us wait for it everywhere." "To practice death is to practice freedom. A man who has learned how to die has unlearned how to be a slave.
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There is, nevertheless, a certain respect and a general duty of humanity that ties us, not only to beasts that have life and sense, but even to trees and plants.
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To compose our character is our duty, not to compose books, and to win, not battles and provinces, but order and tranquility in our conduct. Our great and glorious masterpiece is to live appropriately. All other things, ruling, hoarding, building, are only little appendages and props, at most.
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Nothing is so firmly believed as what we least know. - Michel de Montaigne Quotes
Nothing is so firmly believed as what we least know.
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There is no more expensive thing than a free gift. - Michel de Montaigne Quotes
There is no more expensive thing than a free gift.
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If you press me to say why I loved him, I can say no more than it was because he was he, and I was I.
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Not being able to govern events, I govern myself.
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There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.
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Age imprints more wrinkles in the mind than it does on the face.
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When all is summed up, a man never speaks of himself without loss; his accusations of himself are always believed; his praises never.
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I know well what I am fleeing from but not what I am in search of.
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Excellent memories are often coupled with feeble judgments.
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Confidence in the goodness of another is good proof of one's own goodness.
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I would like to suggest that our minds are swamped by too much study and by too much matter just as plants are swamped by too much water or lamps by too much oil; that our minds, held fast and encumbered by so many diverse preoccupations, may well lose the means of struggling free, remaining bowed and bent under the load; except that it is quite otherwise: the more our souls are filled, the more they expand; examples drawn from far-off times show, on the contrary, that great soldiers ad statesmen were also great scholars.
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The souls of emperors and cobblers are cast in the same mold...The same reason that makes us wrangle with a neighbor creates a war betwixt princes.
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Man is the sole animal whose nudities offend his own companions, and the only one who, in his natural actions, withdraws and hides himself from his own kind.
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The public weal requires that men should betray, and lie, and massacre.
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True freedom is to have power over oneself for everything.
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Our great and glorious masterpiece is to live appropriately.
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I have never seen a greater monster or miracle in the world than myself.
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The lack of wealth is easily repaired but the poverty of the soul is irreplaceable.
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I speak the truth, not my fill of it, but as much as I dare speak; and I dare to do so a little more as I grow old.
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Of all our infirmities, the most savage is to despise our being.
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Man in sooth is a marvellous, vain, fickle, and unstable subject.
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It is not necessity but abundance which produces greed.
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If you don't know how to die, don't worry; Nature will tell you what to do on the spot, fully and adequately. She will do this job perfectly for you; don't bother your head about it.
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I know that the arms of friendship are long enough to reach from the one end of the world to the other
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We must learn to suffer what we cannot evade.
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When I am attached by gloomy thoughts, nothing helps me so much as running to my books. They quickly absorb me and banish the clouds from my mind.
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I enjoy books as misers enjoy treasures, because I know I can enjoy them whenever I please.
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Princes give mee sufficiently, if they take nothing from me, and doe me much good, if they doe me no hurt: it is all I require of them.
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He who does not live in some degree for others, hardly lives for himself.
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He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak.
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Rejoice in the things that are present; all else is beyond thee.
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We do not know where death awaits us: so let us wait for it everywhere. To practice death is to practice freedom. A man who has learned how to die has unlearned how to be a slave.
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I am myself the matter of my book.
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When I dance, I dance; when I sleep, I sleep; yes, and when I walk alone in a beautiful orchard, if my thoughts drift to far-off matters for some part of the time for some other part I lead them back again to the walk, the orchard, to the sweetness of this solitude, to myself.
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The souls of emperors and cobblers are cast in the same mould
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Kings and philosophers defecate, and so do ladies.
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There is no wish more natural than the wish to know.
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A man must keep a little back shop where he can be himself without reserve. In solitude alone can he know true freedom.
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It is a thorny undertaking, and more so than it seems, to follow a movement so wandering as that of our mind, to penetrate the opaque depths of its innermost folds, to pick out and immobilize the innumerable flutterings that agitate it.
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It is a sign of contraction of the mind when it is content, or of weariness. A spirited mind never stops within itself; it is always aspiring and going beyond its strength.
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It is in the enjoyment and not in mere possession that makes for happiness.
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