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Michel de Montaigne (1533 – 1592)


Influential French Renaissance writer, generally considered to be the inventor of the personal essay.
Michel de Montaigne
I do not speak the minds of others except to speak my own mind better.
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Que sais-je?
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Physicians have this advantage: the sun lights their success and the earth covers their failures.




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A man may be humble through vainglory.
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Je veux que la mort me trouve plantant mes choux.
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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.
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Marriage, a market which has nothing free but the entrance.
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As for extraordinary things, all the provision in the world would not suffice.
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Si on me presse, continue-t-il, de dire pourquoi je l'aimais, je sens que cela ne se peut exprimer qu'en répondant: parce que c'était lui; parce que c'était moi.
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No man is exempt from saying silly things; the mischief is to say them deliberately.
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Once conform, once do what others do because they do it, and a kind of lethargy steals over all the finer senses of the soul.




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Saying is one thing and doing is another.
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The souls of emperors and cobblers are cast in the same mold...The same reason that makes us wrangle with a neighbor creates a war betwixt princes.
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In my opinion, every rich man is a miser.
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Few men have been admired by their own households.
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Who does not in some sort live to others, does not live much to himself.
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'Tis the sharpness of our mind that gives the edge to our pains and pleasures.
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I speak the truth, not my fill of it, but as much as I dare speak; and I dare to do so a little more as I grow old.
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There is no passion so contagious as that of fear.
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It is not death, it is dying that alarms me.


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