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  • I do myself a greater injury in lying than I do him of whom I tell a lie.
    (Michel de Montaigne)

  • Death, they say, acquits us of all obligations.
    (Michel de Montaigne)

  • To know how to live is all my calling and all my art.
    (Michel de Montaigne)

  • 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)

  • We can be knowledgable with other men's knowledge but we cannot be wise with other men's wisdom.
    (Michel de Montaigne)


  • The land of marriage has this peculiarity that strangers are desirous of inhabiting it, while its natural inhabitants would willingly be banished from it.
    (Michel de Montaigne)

  • It is not death, it is dying that alarms me.
    (Michel de Montaigne)

  • The public weal requires that men should betray, and lie, and massacre.
    (Michel de Montaigne)

  • Not being able to govern events, I govern myself.
    (Michel de Montaigne)

  • If there is such a thing as a good marriage, it is because it resembles friendship rather than love.
    (Michel de Montaigne)

  • 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.
    (Michel de Montaigne)

  • A wise man loses nothing, if he but saves himself.
    (Michel de Montaigne)

  • 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)

  • The strangest, most generous, and proudest of all virtues is true courage.
    (Michel de Montaigne)

  • My trade and art is to live.
    (Michel de Montaigne)


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