Michel de Montaigne Quotes

There is the name and the thing; the name is a sound which sets a mark on and denotes the thing. The name is no part of the thing nor of the substance; it is an extraneous piece added to the thing, and outside of it.

Michel de Montaigne

Not only does the wind of accidents stir me according to its blowing, but I am also stirred and troubled by the instability of my attitude.

Michel de Montaigne

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

Michel de Montaigne

Marriage is like a cage; one sees the birds outside desperate to get in, and those inside equally desperate to get out.

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

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My trade and art is to live.

Michel de Montaigne

We are all patchwork, and so shapeless and diverse in composition that each bit, each moment, plays its own game.

Michel de Montaigne
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