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

Michel de Montaigne in Self, Face, Inner

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

Michel de Montaigne

Make your educational laws strict and your criminal ones can be gentle but if you leave youth its liberty you will have to dig dungeons for ages.

Michel de Montaigne

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

Michel de Montaigne

My trade and art is to live.

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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.

Michel de Montaigne

It is the mind that maketh good or ill, That maketh wretch or happy, rich or poor.

Michel de Montaigne

The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness.

Michel de Montaigne

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

Michel de Montaigne

Marriage, a market which has nothing free but the entrance.

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

Michel de Montaigne

How many things we held yesterday as articles of faith which today we tell as fables.

Michel de Montaigne

The strangest, most generous, and proudest of all virtues is true courage.

Michel de Montaigne

Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul.

Michel de Montaigne

I put forward formless and unresolved notions, as do those who publish doubtful questions to debate in the schools, not to establish the truth but to seek it.

Michel de Montaigne

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.

Michel de Montaigne