There is a sort of gratification in doing good which makes us rejoice in ourselves.

Montaigne

Montaigne

Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: French


There is a sort of gratification in doing good which makes us rejoice in ourselves. Montaigne

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I write to keep from going mad from the contradictions I find among mankind - and to work some of those contradictions out for myself.

Of all our infirmities, the most savage is to despise our being.

If I am a man of some reading, I am a man of no retentiveness.

It is good to rub and polish our brain against that of others.

Philosophy believes she has not made a bad use of her resources when she has bestowed on Reason sovereign mastery over our soul and authority to bridle our appetites.

How many we know who have fled the sweetness of a tranquil life in their homes, among the friends, to seek the horror of uninhabitable deserts; who have flung themselves into humiliation, degradation, and the contempt of the world, and have enjoyed these and even sought them out.

Pride and curiosity are the two scourges of our souls. The latter prompts us to poke our noses into everything, and the former forbids us to leave anything unresolved and undecided.

If a man urge me to tell wherefore I loved him, I feel it cannot be expressed but by answering: Because it was he, because it was myself.

The pleasantest things in the world are pleasant thoughts: and the great art of life is to have as many of them as possible.

Each man contains the entire pattern of the human condition.

Man is certainly stark mad; he cannot make a worm, and yet he will be making gods by dozens.

I had rather complain of ill-fortune than be ashamed of victory.

Our zeal works wonders, whenever it supports our inclination toward hatred, cruelty, ambition.

Death, they say, acquits us of all obligations.