I’ve recently discovered the wealth of insight that is Michel de Montaigne. His essays are enjoyable and thought-provoking, even despite the fact that he was French. I’m kidding. J’aime les Français. And not just for their fries, toast, or kissing style. So here are some of his quotes that I find enlightening and that make me go “hmmm”. Enjoy.
I quote others in order the better to express myself.
He who fears he shall suffer, already suffers what he fears.
If I speak of myself in different ways, that is because I look at myself in different ways.
Nothing fixes a thing so intensely in the memory as the wish to forget it.
How many things served us yesterday for articles of faith, which today are fables for us?
Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know.
Lend yourself to others, but give yourself to yourself.
I prefer the company of peasants because they have not been educated sufficiently to reason incorrectly.
Let us give Nature a chance; she knows her business better than we do.
My art and profession is to live.
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.
The greater part of the world’s troubles are due to questions of grammar.