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Montaigne: Sayings and Quotes

montaigne sayings quotes

My life has been full of terrible misfortunes most of which never happened.

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There is nothing of evil in life for him who rightly comprehends that death is no evil; to know how to die delivers us from all subjection and constraint.

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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.

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Every movement reveals us.

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The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.

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

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We cannot be held to what is beyond our strength and means; for at times the accomplishment and execution may not be in our power, and indeed there is nothing really in our own power except the will: on this are necessarily based and founded all the principles that regulate the duty of man.

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

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

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Lend yourself to others, but give yourself to yourself.

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God might grant us riches, honours, life, and even health, to our own hurt; for every thing that is pleasing to us is not always good for us. If he sends us death, or an increase of sickness, instead of a cure, Vvrga tua et baculus, tuus ipsa me consolata sunt. “Thy rod and thy staff have comforted me,” he does it by the rule of his providence, which better and more certainly discerns what is proper for us than we can do; and we ought to take it in good part, as coming from a wise and most friendly hand.

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The worst condition of humans is when they lose knowledge and control of themselves.

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To begin depriving death of its greatest advantage over us, let us adopt a way clean contrary to that common one; let us deprive death of its strangeness, let us frequent it, let us get used to it; let us have nothing more often in mind than death... We do not know where death awaits us: so let us wait for it everywhere.

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To practice death is to practice freedom. A man who has learned how to die has unlearned how to be a slave..

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

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The lack of wealth is easily repaired but the poverty of the soul is irreplaceable.

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

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True freedom is to have power over oneself for everything.

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There is no wish more natural than the wish to know.

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Our great and glorious masterpiece is to live appropriately.

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The wise man lives as long as he ought, not so long as he can.

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

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The profit we possess after study is to have become better and wiser.

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I care not so much what I am to others as what I am to myself. I will be rich by myself, and not by borrowing.

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A wise man never loses anything, if he has himself.

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The conduct of our lives is the true mirror of our doctrine.

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The most certain sign of wisdom is a continual cheerfulness; her state is like that of things in the regions above the moon, always clear and serene.

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Life itself is neither a good nor an evil: life is where good or evil find a place, depending on how you make it for them.

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We are all of us richer than we think we are; but we are taught to borrow and to beg, and brought up more to make use of what is another's than of our own.

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Things are not bad in themselves, but our cowardice makes them so.

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We trouble our life by thoughts about death, and our death by thoughts about life.

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Let us a little permit nature to take her own way; she better understands her own affairs than we.

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Whether the events in our life are good or bad, greatly depends on the way we perceive them.

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The shortest way to arrive at glory would be to do that for conscience which we do for glory.

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No man dies before his hour. The time you leave behind was no more yours, than that which was before your birth, and concerneth you no more.

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The perpetual work of your life is but to lay the foundation of death.

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It is an absolute perfection... to get the very most out of one's individuality.

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Happiness involves working toward meaningful goals.

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Every other knowledge is harmful to him who does not have knowledge of goodness.

Read more about interesting historical figures in the collection "Tradition of Warriors and Sages" by A. R. Basov

 

 

 




I will not get lost...
The North Star is shining in the darkness...
The road to Valhalla, straight like a sword, is always in front of me!

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