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Michel de Montaigne

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On the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom.

— Michel de Montaigne

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

— Michel de Montaigne

#inspirational #pride #inspirational

I quote others only to better express myself.

— Michel de Montaigne

#irony #truth #humor

The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.

— Michel de Montaigne

#independence #individuality #inspirational #self-assurance #self-awareness

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 de Montaigne


Learned we may be with another man's learning: we can only be wise with wisdom of our own.

— Michel de Montaigne

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If I speak of myself in different ways, that is because I look at myself in different ways.

— Michel de Montaigne

#reflection #individuality

If you press me to say why I loved him, I can say no more than because he was he, and I was I.

— Michel de Montaigne

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There is nothing more notable in Socrates than that he found time, when he was an old man, to learn music and dancing, and thought it time well spent.

— Michel de Montaigne

#lifelong-learning #philosophy #music

To forbid us anything is to make us have a mind for it.

— Michel de Montaigne


About Michel de Montaigne

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Did you know about Michel de Montaigne?

The same rule applied to his mother father and servants who were obliged to use only Latin words he himself employed and thus acquired a knowledge of the very language his tutor taught him. That is what Montaigne did and that is why he is the hero of this book. His maternal grandfather Pedro Lopez from Zaragoza was from a wealthy Marrano (Sephardic Jewish) family who had converted to Catholicism.

He is most famously known for his skeptical remark 'Que sçay-je?' ('What do I know?' in Middle French; modern French Que sais-je?). Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (French: [miʃɛl ekɛm də mɔ̃tɛɲ]; February 28 1533 – September 13 1592) was one of the most influential writers of the French Renaissance known for popularising the essay as a literary genre and commonly thought of as the father of modern skepticism. Montaigne had a direct influence on writers the world over including René DescartesBlaise Pascal Jean-Jacques Rousseau William HazlittRalph Waldo Emerson Friedrich Nietzsche Stefan Zweig Eric HofferIsaac Asimov and possibly on the later works of William Shakespeare.

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