Michel de Montaigne Quotes

He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak.
There is no conversation more boring than the one where everybody agrees.
So it is with minds. Unless you keep them busy with some definite subject that will bridle and control them, they throw themselves in disorder hither and yon in the vague field of imagination. ..And there is no mad or idle fancy that they do no bring forth in the agitation.
I prefer the company of peasants because they have not been educated sufficiently to reason incorrectly.
He who is not very strong in memory should not meddle with lying.
Don't discuss yourself, for you are bound to lose if you belittle yourself, you are believed if you praise yourself, you are disbelieved.
The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.
No man is exempt from saying silly things the mischief is to say them deliberately.
I care not so much what I am to others as what I am to myself.
Fashion is the science of appearances, and it inspires one with the desire to seem rather than to be.
The most profound joy has more of gravity than of gaiety in it.
Nothing fixes a thing so intensely in the memory as the wish to forget it.
I will follow the right side even to the fire, but excluding the fire if I can.
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.
The art of dining well is no slight art, the pleasure not a slight pleasure.
Even on the highest throne in the world, we are still sitting on our ass.
There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.
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