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Michel de Montaigne

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Biography : Michel Eyquem de Montaigne is a French Renaissance writer and 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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The strangest, most generous, and proudest of all virtues is true courage.
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Every other knowledge is harmful to him who does not have knowledge of goodness.
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When someone opposes me, he arouses my attention, not my anger. I go to greet a man who contradicts me, who instructs me.
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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 most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness.
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When I dance, I dance; when I sleep, I sleep.
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Every man bears the whole stamp of the human condition.
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There is nothing so beautiful and legitimate as to play the man well and properly.
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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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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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Who fears to suffer, already suffers what he fears.
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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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For truly it is to be noted, that children's plays are not sports, and should be deemed as their most serious actions.
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Of the experience I have of myself, I find enough to make me wise, if I were but a good scholar.
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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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I want death to find me planting my cabbages, but careless of death, and still more of my unfinished garden.
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