Michel De Montaigne Quotes & Wallpapers

Michel De Montaigne
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I conceive that pleasures are to be avoided if greater pains be the consequence, and pains to be coveted that will terminate in greater pleasures. Michel De Montaigne

Wisdom is a solid and entire building, of which every piece keeps its place and bears its mark. Michel De Montaigne

Things seem greater by imagination than they are in effect. Michel De Montaigne

Have you been able to think out and manage your own life? You have done the greatest task of all.... All other things, ruling, hoarding, building, are only little appendages and props, at most. Michel De Montaigne

I agree that we should work and prolong the functions of life as far as we can, and hope that Death may find me planting my cabbages, but indifferent to him and still more to the unfinished state of my garden. Michel De Montaigne

It is probable that the principal credit of miracles, visions, enchantments, and such extraordinary occurrences comes from the power of imagination, acting principally upon the minds of the common people, which are softer. Michel De Montaigne

What fear has once made me will, I am bound still to will when without fear. Michel De Montaigne

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

And one might therefore say of me that in this book I have only made up a bunch of other people's flowers, and that of my own I have only provided the string that ties them together. Michel De Montaigne

On the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom. Michel De Montaigne

Might I have had my own will, I would not have married Wisdom herself, if she would have had me. Michel De Montaigne

The premeditation of death is the premeditation of liberty; he who has learnt to die has forgot to serve. Michel De Montaigne

There is nothing of evil in life for him who rightly comprehends that death is no evil; to know how to die delivers us from all subjection and constraint. Michel De Montaigne

We hold death, poverty, and grief for our principal enemies; but this death, which some repute the most dreadful of all dreadful things, who does not know that others call it the only secure harbor from the storm and tempests of life, the sovereign good of nature, the sole support of liberty, and the common and sudden remedy of all evils? Michel De Montaigne

Friendship that possesses the whole soul, and there rules and sways with an absolute sovereignty, can admit of no rival. Michel De Montaigne

Time steals away without any inconvenience. Michel De Montaigne

There are as many and innumerable degrees of wit, as there are cubits between this and heaven. Michel De Montaigne

Socrates, who was a perfect model in all great qualities, ... hit on a body and face so ugly and so incongruous with the beauty of his soul, he who was so madly in love with beauty. Michel De Montaigne

I do not know whether I would not like much better to have produced one perfectly formed child by intercourse with the muses than by intercourse with my wife. Michel De Montaigne

I set forth notions that are human and my own, simply as human notions considered in themselves, not as determined and decreed by heavenly ordinance. Michel De Montaigne

We have power over nothing except our will. Michel De Montaigne

Pythagoras used to say that life resembles the Olympic Games: a few people strain their muscles to carry off a prize; others bring trinkets to sell to the crowd for gain; and some there are, and not the worst, who seek no other profit than to look at the show and see how and why everything is done; spectators of the life of other people in order to judge and regulate their own. Michel De Montaigne

Whenever a new discovery is reported to the world, they say first, It is probably not true, Then after, when the truth of the new proposition has been demonstrated beyond question, they say, Yes, it may be true, but it is not important. Finally, when sufficient time has elapsed to fully evidence its importance, they say, Yes, surely it is important, but it is no longer new. Michel De Montaigne

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. Michel De Montaigne

Oh senseless man, who cannot possibly make a worm, and yet will make Gods by dozens. Michel De Montaigne

On the most exalted throne in the world, we are still seated on nothing but our arse. Michel De Montaigne

Men on all occasions throw themselves upon foreign assistances to spare their own, which are the only certain and sufficient ones with which they can arm themselves. Michel De Montaigne

All other knowledge is hurtful to him who has not honesty and good-nature. Michel De Montaigne

No one is exempt from taking nonsense; the misfortune is to do it solemnly. Michel De Montaigne

It is not reasonable that art should win the place of honor over our great and powerful mother Nature. We have so overloaded the beauty and richness of her works by our inventions that we have quite smothered her. Michel De Montaigne

Is there a polity better ordered, the offices better distributed, and more inviolably observed and maintained, than that of bees? Michel De Montaigne

Ceremony forbids us to express by words things that are lawful and natural, and we obey it; reason forbids us to do things unlawful and ill, and nobody obeys it. Michel De Montaigne

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. Michel De Montaigne

Socrates and then Archesilaus used to make their pupils speak first; they spoke afterwards. 'Obest plerumque iss discere volunt authoritas eorum qui docent.' [For those who want to learn, the obstacle can often be the authority of those who teach] Michel De Montaigne

There is a certain consideration, and a general duty of humanity, that binds us not only to the animals, which have life and feeling, but even to the trees and plants. We owe justice to people, and kindness and benevolence to all other creatures who may be susceptible of it. There is some intercourse between them and us, and some mutual obligation. Michel De Montaigne

Why do people respect the package rather than the man? Michel De Montaigne

[Marriage] happens as with cages: the birds without despair to get in, and those within despair of getting out. Michel De Montaigne

He that is a friend to himself, know; he is a friend to all. Michel De Montaigne

Wherever your life ends, it is all there. The advantage of living is not measured by length, but by use; some men have lived long, and lived little; attend to it while you are in it. It lies in your will, not in the number of years, for you to have lived enough. Michel De Montaigne

He who does not give himself leisure to be thirsty cannot take pleasure in drinking. Michel De Montaigne

An unattempted woman cannot boast of her chastity. Michel De Montaigne

The corruption of the age is made up by the particular contribution of every individual man; some contribute treachery, others injustice, irreligion, tyranny, avarice, cruelty, according to their power. Michel De Montaigne

The covetous man fares worse with his passion than the poor, and the jealous man than the cuckold. Michel De Montaigne

It is in vain that we get upon stilts, for, once on them, it is still with our legs that we must walk. And on the highest throne in the world we are still sitting on our own ass. Michel De Montaigne

Laws are maintained in credit, not because they are essentially just, but because they are laws. It is the mystical foundation of their authority; they have none other. Michel De Montaigne

Oh senseless man, who cannot possibly make a worm or a flea and yet will create Gods by the dozen! Michel De Montaigne

It is not necessity but abundance which produces greed. Michel De Montaigne

I give my opinion not as being good, but as being my own. Michel De Montaigne

The bees pillage the flowers here and there but they make honey of them which is all their own; it is no longer thyme or marjolaine: so the pieces borrowed from others he will transform and mix up into a work all his own. Michel De Montaigne

When we see a man with bad shoes, we say it is no wonder, if he is a shoemaker. Michel De Montaigne

Every one's true worship was that which he found in use in the place where he chanced to be. Michel De Montaigne

He who fears he shall suffer, already suffers what he fears. Michel De Montaigne

The ceaseless labour of your life is to build the house of death. Michel De Montaigne

In nine lifetimes, you'll never know as much about your cat as your cat knows about you. Michel De Montaigne

Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul. Michel De Montaigne

It needs courage to be afraid. Michel De Montaigne

The lack of wealth is easily repaired but the poverty of the soul is irreplaceable. Michel De Montaigne

The most certain sign of wisdom is continual cheerfulness; her state is like the things above the moon, always clear and serene. Michel De Montaigne

Scratching is one of nature's sweetest gratifications, and the one nearest at hand. Michel De Montaigne

All the world knows me in my book, and my book in me. Michel De Montaigne

Let us a little permit nature to take her own way; she better understands her own affairs than we. Michel De Montaigne

There is no so wretched and coarse a soul wherein some particular faculty is not seen to shine. Michel De Montaigne

Marriage can be compared to a cage: birds outside it despair to enter, and birds within, to escape. Michel De Montaigne

Every man carries the entire form of human condition. Michel De Montaigne

A strong memory is commonly coupled with infirm judgment. Michel De Montaigne

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. Michel De Montaigne

L'homme est bien insense. Il ne saurait forger un ciron, et forge des Dieux a douzaines. Man is certainly crazy. He could not make a mite, and he makes gods by the dozen. Michel De Montaigne

I love those historians that are either very simple or most excellent. Such as are between both (which is the most common fashion), it is they that spoil all; they will needs chew our meat for us and take upon them a law to judge, and by consequence to square and incline the story according to their fantasy. Michel De Montaigne

And truly Philosophy is but sophisticated poetry. Whence do those ancient writers derive all their authority but from the poets? Michel De Montaigne

We should spread joy, but, as far as we can, repress sorrow. Michel De Montaigne



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