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The Complete Essays

Michel de Montaigne

Top 10 Best Quotes

“On the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom.”

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

“I quote others only 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.”

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

“Learned we may be with another man's learning: we can only be wise with wisdom of our own.”

“I am afraid that our eyes are bigger than our stomachs, and that we have more curiosity than understanding. We grasp at everything, but catch nothing except wind.”

“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.”

“Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know.”

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