Michel de Montaigne, fully Lord Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Michel de
Montaigne, fully Lord Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

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

Author Quotes

Not being able to govern events, I govern myself.

No noble thing can be done without risks.

No man is a hero to his own valet.

Miracles arise from our ignorance of nature, not from nature.

Men of simple understanding, little inquisitive, and little instructed, make good Christians.

Marriage, a market which has nothing free but the entrance.

Man is forming thousands of ridiculous relations between himself and God.

Malice sucks up the greater part of its own venom, and poisons itself with it.

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.

Life in itself is neither good nor evil, it is the place of good and evil, according to what you make it.

Let us not be ashamed to speak what we shame not to think.

Let us a little permit Nature to take her own way; She better understands her own ways than we.

Lend yourself to others, but give yourself to yourself.

My life has been filled with terrible misfortune; most of which never happened.

Knowledge humanizes mankind, and reason inclines to mildness; but prejudices destroy every tender disposition.

It should be noted that children at play are not playing about; their games should be seen as their most serious-minded activity.

It is only a fool who never suspects he could be foolishly mistaken.

It is a sign of contraction of the mind when it is content, or of weariness.

Intemperance is the pestilence which killeth pleasure; temperance is not the flail of pleasure; it is the seasoning thereof.

In true education, anything that comes to our hand is as good as a book: the prank of a page-boy, the blunder of a servant, a bit of table talk, they are all part of the curriculum.

If you belittle yourself, you are believed; if you praise yourself, you are disbelieved.

Human understanding is marvelously enlightened by daily conversation with men, for we are, otherwise, compressed and heaped up in ourselves, and have our sight limited to the length of our own noses.

How many things which served us yesterday as articles of faith, are fables for us today.

He who does not live in some degree for others, hardly lives for himself.

Habituation puts to sleep the eye of our judgment.

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