Michel Eyquem de Montaigne Quotations

-We should reserve a storehouse for ourselves, altogether ours, and wholly free, wherein we may hoard up and establish our true liberty, and principal retreat and solitude.

-Let us a little permit Nature to take her own way; she better understands her own affairs than we.

-A man may have a great suite of attendants, a beautiful palace, great influence, and a large income. All that may surround him, but it is not in him…Measure his height with his stilts off: let him lay aside his wealth and his decorations and show himself to us naked…What sort of soul does he have?

-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.

-We can be knowledgeable with another man’s knowledge, but we cannot be wise with another man’s wisdom.

-Of all the infirmities we have, the most savage is to despise our being.

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

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

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

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

-I quote others only the better to express myself.

-Don’t discuss yourself, for you are bound to lose; if you belittle yourself, you are believed; if you praise yourself, you are disbelieved.

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

-There is no conversation more boring than the one where everybody agrees.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne