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Michel de Montaigne

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Biography : French philosopher.
Born: 1533 - Died: 1592
Period:
16th century
Place of birth: France
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I think my opinions are good and sound, but who does not think the same of his own?
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The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.
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Every other knowledge is harmful to him who does not have knowledge of goodness.
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There are certain things that we hide in order to reveal them.
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My trade and art is to live.
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The strangest, most generous, and proudest of all virtues is true courage.
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The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness.
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Every man bears the whole stamp of the human condition.
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Few men have been admired by their own households.
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Philosophize is to learn how to die.
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It is good to rub and polish our brain against that of others.
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There is no desire more natural than the desire for knowledge.
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If you press me to say why I loved him, I can say no more than because he was he, and I was I.
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Age imprints more wrinkles in the mind than it does on the face.
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It is doubtless a fine harmony when doing and saying go together.
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Wisdom has its excesses, and has no less need of moderation than does folly.
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Who fears to suffer, already suffers what he fears.
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There is nothing so beautiful and legitimate as to play the man well and properly.
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Virtue will not be followed but for herself; and, if we sometimes borrow her mask for some other occasion, she presently pulls it off again.
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Thus, reader, I am myself the matter of my book.
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I speak truth, not so much as I would, but as much as I dare; and I dare a little the more, as I grow older.
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As one might say of me that I have only made here a collection of other people's flowers, having provided nothing of my own but the cord to bind them together.
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There is no pleasure to me without communication: there is not so much as a sprightly thought comes into my mind that it does not grieve me to have produced alone, and that I have no one to tell it to.
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We can be knowledgable with other men's knowledge but we cannot be wise with other men's wisdom.
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There is no passion so contagious as that of fear.
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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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There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.
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Those who have compared our life to a dream were right... we were sleeping wake, and waking sleep.
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There is not much less vexation in the government of a private family than in the managing of an entire state.
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The thing I fear most is fear.
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