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The least strained and most natural ways of the soul are the most beautiful; the best occupations are the least forced.


Michel de Montaigne

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MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
Obstinacy is the sister of constancy, at least in vigor and stability.
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
We endeavor more that men should speak of us, than how and what they speak, and it sufficeth us that...
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
The most profound joy has more of gravity than of gaiety in it.
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
The great and glorious masterpiece of man is how to live with purpose.
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
Whether you find satisfaction in life depends not on your tale of years, but on your will.
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
He who lives not to others, lives little to himself.
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
Nothing is so firmly believed as what we least know.
MICHEL EYQUEM DE MONTAIGNE
Courtesy is a science of the highest importance. It is ... opening a door that we may derive instruc...
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
The same reason that makes us chide and brawl and fall out with any of our neighbors, causeth a war ...
MICHEL EYQUEM DE MONTAIGNE
I am afraid that our eyes are bigger than our stomachs, and that we have more curiosity than underst...
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
The strongest, most generous, and proudest of all virtues is true courage.
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
Confidence in others' honesty is no light testimony of one's own integrity.
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
There is no man so good, who, were he to submit all his thoughts and actions to the laws, would not ...
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
Virtue rejects facility to be her companion. She requires a craggy, rough and thorny way.
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
We can be knowledgeable with other men's knowledge, but we cannot be wise with other men's wisdom.
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
Fashion is the science of appearances, and it inspires one with the desire to seem rather than to be...
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
Each man calls barbarism what is not his own practice for indeed it seems we have no other test of t...
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
Even on the highest throne in the world, we are still sitting on our ass.
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
whoever saw old age that did not applaud the past and condemn the present?
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
It should be noted that the games of children are not games, and must be considered as their most s...
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
It is good to rub and polish our brain against that of others
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
When all is summed up, a man never speaks of himself without loss; his accusations of himself are al...
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
I know well what I am fleeing from but not what I am in search of.
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
'Tis the sharpness of our mind that gives the edge to our pains and pleasures.
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
The strangest, most generous, and proudest of all virtues is true courage.
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
One may be humble out of pride.
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
Since we cannot attain unto it, let us revenge ourselves with railing against it.
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
It is a monstrous thing that I will say, but I will say it all the same: I find in many things more ...
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
All the world knows me in my book, and may book in me.
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
Let us not be ashamed to speak what we shame not to think.
MICHEL EYQUEM DE MONTAIGNE
The finest lives in my opinion are the common model, without miracle and without extravagance.
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
I do not care so much what I am to others as I care what I am to myself.
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
It should be noted that children at play are not playing about; their games should be seen as their ...
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
Confidence in another man's virtue is no slight evidence of one's own
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
Off I go, rummaging about in books for sayings which please me.
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
We are, I know not how, double in ourselves, so that what we believe we disbelieve, and cannot rid o...
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
Once conform, once do what others do because they do it, and a kind of lethargy steals over all the ...
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
Traveling through the world produces a marvelous clarity in the judgment of men. We are all of us co...
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE