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Michel de Montaigne Quotes

Nothing is so firmly believed as what we least know.

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There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.

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Confidence in the goodness of another is good proof of one's own goodness.

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All actions beyond the ordinary limits are subject to a sinister interpretation.

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We can be knowledgeable with other men's knowledge, But we cannot be wise with other men's wisdom.

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'Tis the sharpness of our mind that gives the edge to our pains and pleasures.

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A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband.

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He who establishes his arguments by noise and command shows that reason is weak.

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In farewells we heat above ordinary our affections to the things we forego.

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Wit is a dangerous weapon, even to the possessor, if he knows not how to use it discreetly.

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Ignorance is the softest pillow on which a man can rest his head.

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Confidence in others' honesty is no light testimony of one's own integrity.

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The word is half his that speaks, And half his that hears it.

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Wise men have more to learn of fools than fools of wise men.

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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 a sort of gratification in doing good which makes us rejoice in ourselves.

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The public weal requires that men should betray, and lie, and massacre.

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Rejoice in the things that are present all else is beyond thee.

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The world is but a perpetual see-saw.

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The beautiful souls are they that are universal, open, and ready for all things.

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Every one rushes elsewhere and into the future, because no one wants to face one's own inner self.

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There is no desire more natural than the desire for knowledge.

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One may be humble out of pride.

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I quote others only in order the better to express myself.

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