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Michel de Montaigne Quotes

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"He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak."

"There is no conversation more boring than the one where everybody agrees."

"It is good to rub and polish our brain against that of others."

"There are some defeats more triumphant than victories."

"Lend yourself to others, but give yourself to yourself."

"Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul."

"Those who have compared our life to a dream were right... we were sleeping wake, and waking sleep."

"I prefer the company of peasants because they have not been educated sufficiently to reason incorrectly."

"Not being able to govern events, I govern myself."

"Rejoice in the things that are present; all else is beyond thee."

"If you press me to say why I loved him, I can say no more than because he was he, and I was I."

"A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband."

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

"I quote others only in order the better to express myself."

"I know well what I am fleeing from but not what I am in search of."

"I care not so much what I am to others as what I am to myself. I will be rich by myself, and not by borrowing."

"My life has been full of terrible misfortunes most of which never happened."

"Death, they say, acquits us of all obligations."

"Labour not after riches first, and think thou afterwards wilt enjoy them. He who neglecteth the present moment, throweth away all that he hath. As the arrow passeth through the heart, while the warrior knew not that it was coming; so shall his life be taken away before he knoweth that he hath it."

"If you don't know how to die, don't worry; Nature will tell you what to do on the spot, fully and adequately. She will do this job perfectly for you; don't bother your head about it."

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