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 :: 1533-1592, French Philosopher, Essayist

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Of all the infirmities we have, the most savage is to despise our being.
~ Michel Eyquem De Montaigne - [Self-pity]

 

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The greatest thing in the world is to know how to be self-sufficient.
~ Michel Eyquem De Montaigne - [Self-sufficiency]

 

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Few men have been admired of their familiars.
~ Michel Eyquem De Montaigne - [Servants]

 

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He who lives not to others, lives little to himself.
~ Michel Eyquem De Montaigne - [Service]

 

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After mature deliberation of counsel, the good Queen to establish a rule and immutable example unto all posterity, for the moderation and required modesty in a lawful marriage, ordained the number of six times a day as a lawful, necessary and competent limit.
~ Michel Eyquem De Montaigne - [Sex]

 

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Obstinacy is the sister of constancy, at least in vigor and stability.
~ Michel Eyquem De Montaigne - [Stubbornness]

 

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My reason is not framed to bend or stoop: my knees are.
~ Michel Eyquem De Montaigne - [Submission]

 

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Even on the most exalted throne in the world we are only sitting on our own bottom.
~ Michel Eyquem De Montaigne - [Success]

 

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Who feareth to suffer suffereth already, because he feareth.
~ Michel Eyquem De Montaigne - [Suffering]

 

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It is the part of cowardliness, and not of virtue, to seek to squat itself in some hollow lurking hole, or to hide herself under some massive tomb, thereby to shun the strokes of fortune.
~ Michel Eyquem De Montaigne - [Suicide]

 

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In the education of children there is nothing like alluring the interest and affection, otherwise you only make so many asses laden with books.
~ Michel Eyquem De Montaigne - [Teachers and Teaching]

 

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Socrates thought and so do I that the wisest theory about the gods is no theory at all.
~ Michel Eyquem De Montaigne - [Theory]

 

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When I am attacked by gloomy thoughts, nothing helps me so much as running to my books, They quickly absorb me and banish the clouds from my mind.
~ Michel Eyquem De Montaigne - [Thoughts and Thinking]

 

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A man should ever be ready booted to take his journey.
~ Michel Eyquem De Montaigne - [Travel and Tourism]

 

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I tell the truth, not as much as I would like to, but as much as I dare. I dare more and more as I grow older.
~ Michel Eyquem De Montaigne - [Truth]

 

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Those things that are dearest to us have cost us the most.
~ Michel Eyquem De Montaigne - [Value]

 

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The honor of the conquest is rated by the difficulty.
~ Michel Eyquem De Montaigne - [Victory]

 

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From Obedience and submission comes all our virtues, and all sin is comes from self-opinion.
~ Michel Eyquem De Montaigne - [Virtue]

 

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Of all the benefits which virtue confers on us, the contempt of death is one of the greatest.
~ Michel Eyquem De Montaigne - [Virtue]

 

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There is no man so good, who, were he to submit all his thoughts and actions to the laws, would not deserve hanging ten times in his life.
~ Michel Eyquem De Montaigne - [Virtue]

 

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