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Top quotes by Michel de Montaigne

Michel de Montaigne's top quotes. 'The finest souls are those that have the most variety and suppleness.' 'The value of life lies not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them... Whether you find satisfaction in life depends not on your tale of years, but on your will.'


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The finest souls are those that have the most variety and suppleness.


The value of life lies not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them... Whether you find satisfaction in life depends not on your tale of years, but on your will.


It is a monstrous thing that I will say, but I will say it all the same: I find in many things more restraint and order in my morals than in my opinions, and my lust less depraved than my reason.


If there is such a thing as a good marriage, it is because it resembles friendship rather than love.


A man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears.


Even from their infancy we frame them to the sports of love: their instruction, behavior, attire, grace, learning and all their words azimuth only at love, respects only affection. Their nurses and their keepers imprint no other thing in them.


An untempted woman cannot boast of her chastity.


Marriage is like a cage; one sees the birds outside desperate to get in, and those inside equally desperate to get out.


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


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


I prefer the company of peasants because they have not been educated sufficiently to reason incorrectly.


I speak the truth not so much as I would, but as much as I dare, and I dare a little more as I grow older.


Nothing fixes a thing so intensely in the memory as the wish to forget it.


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


I know well what I am fleeing from but not what I am in search of.


There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.


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


Nothing is so firmly believed as what we least know.


Lend yourself to others, but give yourself to yourself.


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



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