Michel de Montaigne

Michel de Montaigne

Nothing fixes a thing so intensely in the memory as the wish to forget it.

There is nothing more notable in Socrates than that he found time, when he was an old man, to learn music and dancing, and thought it time well spent.

When I am attacked by gloomy thoughts, nothing helps me so much as running to my books. They quickly absorb me and banish the clouds from my mind.

There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.

Man is certainly stark mad. He cannot make a worm, and yet he will be making gods by dozens.

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

There is as much difference between us and ourselves as there is between us and others.

He who is not very strong in memory should not meddle with lying.

No man is exempt from saying silly things; the mischief is to say them deliberately.

The most profound joy has more of gravity than of gaiety in it.

Fashion is the science of appearances, and it inspires one with the desire to seem rather than to be.

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

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

I believe it to be true that dreams are the true interpreters of our inclinations; but there is art required to sort and understand them.

The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.

I care not so much what I am to others as what I am to myself.

Wise men have more to learn of fools than fools of wise men.

The art of dining well is no slight art, the pleasure not a slight pleasure.

A man of understanding has lost nothing, if he has himself.

Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know.

To philosophize is to doubt.

Since we cannot match it let us take our revenge by abusing it.

Ambition is not a vice of little people.

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

He who has not a good memory should never take upon himself the trade of lying.