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 :: 1533-1592, French Philosopher, Essayist

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Fortune, seeing that she could not make fools wise, has made them lucky.
~ Michel Eyquem De Montaigne - [Fools and Foolishness]

 

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From Obedience and submission comes all our virtues, and all sin is comes from self-opinion.
~ Michel Eyquem De Montaigne - [Virtue]

 

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Habit is second nature.
~ Michel Eyquem De Montaigne - [Habit]

 

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Have you known how to take rest? You have done more than he who hath taken empires and cities.
~ Michel Eyquem De Montaigne - [Recreation]

 

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He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak.
~ Michel Eyquem De Montaigne - [Argument]

 

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He who has not a good memory should never take upon himself the trade of lying.
~ Michel Eyquem De Montaigne - [Memory]

 

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He who is not very strong in memory should not meddle with lying.
~ Michel Eyquem De Montaigne - [Lies and Lying]

 

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He who lives not to others, lives little to himself.
~ Michel Eyquem De Montaigne - [Service]

 

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How many things served us but yesterday as articles of faith, which today we deem but fables?
~ Michel Eyquem De Montaigne - [Belief]

 

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I care not so much what I am in the opinion of others, as what I am in my own; I would be rich of myself and not by borrowing.
~ Michel Eyquem De Montaigne - [Opinions]

 

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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 Eyquem De Montaigne - [Pleasure]

 

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I consider myself an average man, except in the fact that I consider myself an average man.
~ Michel Eyquem De Montaigne - [Averages]

 

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I do myself a greater injury in lying that I do him of whom I tell a lie.
~ Michel Eyquem De Montaigne - [Lies and Lying]

 

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I have never seen a greater monster or miracle than myself.
~ Michel Eyquem De Montaigne - [Miracles]

 

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I know what I am fleeing from, but not what I am in search of.
~ Michel Eyquem De Montaigne - [Fear]

 

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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 Eyquem De Montaigne - [History and Historians]

 

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I prefer the company of peasants because they have not been educated sufficiently to reason incorrectly.
~ Michel Eyquem De Montaigne - [Reason]

 

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I quote others in order to better express myself.
~ Michel Eyquem De Montaigne - [Quotations]

 

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I see men ordinarily more eager to discover a reason for things than to find out whether the things are so.
~ Michel Eyquem De Montaigne - [Knowledge]

 

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I tell the truth, not as much as I would like to, but as much as I dare. I dare more and more as I grow older.
~ Michel Eyquem De Montaigne - [Truth]

 

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