Michel de Montaigne

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Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (/mɒnˈteɪn/; French: [miʃɛl ekɛm də mɔ̃tɛɲ]; 28 February 1533 – 13 September 1592) was one of the most significant philosophers of the French Renaissance, known for popularizing the essay as a literary genre. His work is noted for its merging of casual anecdotes and autobiography with serious intellectual insight; his massive volume Essais (translated literally as "Attempts" or "Trials") contains some of the most influential essays ever written. Montaigne had a direct influence on writers all over the world, including Francis Bacon, René Descartes, Blaise Pascal, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Albert Hirschman, William Hazlitt, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Friedrich Nietzsche, Stefan Zweig, Eric Hoffer, Isaac Asimov, and possibly on the later works of William Shakespeare. In his own lifetime, Montaigne was admired more as a statesman than as an author. The tendency in his e... More

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Michel de Montaigne #Age

Photo of Michel de Montaigne Age imprints more wrinkles in the mind than it does on the face.
Michel de Montaigne #Best

Photo of Michel de Montaigne Stubborn and ardent clinging to one's opinion is the best proof of stupidity.
Michel de Montaigne #Art

Photo of Michel de Montaigne My trade and art is to live.
Michel de Montaigne #Business #Nature

Photo of Michel de Montaigne Let us permit nature to have her way. She understands her business better than we do.
Michel de Montaigne #Communication

Photo of Michel de Montaigne No pleasure has any savor for me without communication.
Michel de Montaigne #Courage

Photo of Michel de Montaigne Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul.
Michel de Montaigne #Courage

Photo of Michel de Montaigne The strangest, most generous, and proudest of all virtues is true courage.
Michel de Montaigne #Death

Photo of Michel de Montaigne It is not death, it is dying that alarms me.
Michel de Montaigne #Death

Photo of Michel de Montaigne Death, they say, acquits us of all obligations.
Michel de Montaigne #Dreams

Photo of Michel de Montaigne Those who have compared our life to a dream were right... we were sleeping wake, and waking sleep.
Michel de Montaigne #Education

Photo of Michel de Montaigne 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.
Michel de Montaigne #Failure

Photo of Michel de Montaigne There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.
Michel de Montaigne #Faith

Photo of Michel de Montaigne How many things we held yesterday as articles of faith which today we tell as fables.
Michel de Montaigne #Family

Photo of Michel de Montaigne There is little less trouble in governing a private family than a whole kingdom.
Michel de Montaigne #Family #Government

Photo of Michel de Montaigne There is not much less vexation in the government of a private family than in the managing of an entire state.
Michel de Montaigne #Fear

Photo of Michel de Montaigne There is no passion so contagious as that of fear.
Michel de Montaigne #Future

Photo of Michel de Montaigne Every one rushes elsewhere and into the future, because no one wants to face one's own inner self.
Michel de Montaigne #God

Photo of Michel de Montaigne The confidence in another man's virtue is no light evidence of a man's own, and God willingly favors such a confidence.
Michel de Montaigne #Good #Marriage

Photo of Michel de Montaigne A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband.
Michel de Montaigne #Sports

Photo of Michel de Montaigne For truly it is to be noted, that children's plays are not sports, and should be deemed as their most serious actions.
Michel de Montaigne #Education

Photo of Michel de Montaigne I prefer the company of peasants because they have not been educated sufficiently to reason incorrectly.
Michel de Montaigne #Knowledge #Wisdom

Photo of Michel de Montaigne We can be knowledgable with other men's knowledge but we cannot be wise with other men's wisdom.
Michel de Montaigne #Knowledge

Photo of Michel de Montaigne There is no desire more natural than the desire for knowledge.
Michel de Montaigne #Intelligence

Photo of Michel de Montaigne It is good to rub and polish our brain against that of others.
Michel de Montaigne #Life

Photo of Michel de Montaigne The value of life lies not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them... Whether you find satisfaction in life depends not on your tale of years, but on your will.