Michel de Montaigne, fully Lord Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Michel de
Montaigne, fully Lord Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
1533
1592

French Renaissance Writer, Moralist, Essayist, Father of Modern Skepticism

Author Quotes

God might grant us riches, honors, long life and health, but many times to our own hurt: for whatsoever is pleasing to us, is not always healthful for us.

Friendship is the highest degree of perfection in society.

Fortune, seeing that she could not make fools wise, has made them lucky.

Follow the order of nature, for God’s sake! Follow it! It will lead who follows; and those who will not, it will drag along anyway.

Few men have been admired by their own households.

Fashion is the science of appearances, and it inspires one with the desire to seem rather than to be.

Fame and tranquility can never be bedfellows.

Experience teaches that a strong memory is generally joined to a weak judgment.

Experience has taught me this, that we undo ourselves by impatience. Misfortunes have their life and their limits, their sickness and their health.

Everyone calls barbarity what he is not accustomed to.

Every other knowledge is harmful to him who does not have knowledge of goodness.

Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.

Don't discuss yourself, for you are bound to lose; if you belittle yourself, you are believed; if you praise yourself, you are disbelieved.

Desire and hope will push us on toward the future.

Death, they say, acquits us of all obligations.

Covetousness is both the beginning and the end of the devil's alphabet; the first vice in corrupt nature that moves, and the last which dies.

Anyone who does not feel sufficiently strong in memory should not meddle with lying.

A speech belongs half to the speaker and half to the listener.

A man of understanding has lost nothing, if he has himself.

A man must be a little mad if he does not want to be even more stupid.

A generous and free-minded confession doth disable a reproach and disarm an injury.

There never was in the world two opinions alike, no more than two hairs, or two grains; the most universal quality is diversity.

There never were, in the world, two opinions alike, no more than two hairs, or two grains; the most universal quality is diversity.

Those who give the first shock to a state are naturally the first to be overwhelmed in its ruin. The fruits of public commotion are seldom enjoyed by the man who was the first to set it a going; he only troubles the water for another’s net.

Time is money.

Author Picture
First Name
Michel de
Last Name
Montaigne, fully Lord Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
Birth Date
1533
Death Date
1592
Bio

French Renaissance Writer, Moralist, Essayist, Father of Modern Skepticism