There is as much difference between us and ourselves as there is between us and others.



Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: French

There is as much difference between us and ourselves as there is between us and others. Montaigne

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There is no conversation more boring than the one where everybody agrees.

There is nothing in the whole world madder than bringing matters down to the measure of our own capacities and potentialities.

We are entirely made up of bits and pieces, woven together so diversely and so shapelessly that each one of them pulls its own way at every moment.

Judgement can do without knowledge: but not knowledge without judgement.

No wind favors he who has no destined port.

Assaulted as I am by ambition, covetousness, rashness and superstition, and having such enemies to life as that within me, should I start wondering about the motions of the Universe?

He who establishes his argument by noise and command, shows that his reason is weak.

The greatest and glorious masterpiece of a man is how to live with a purpose.

The more simply we entrust ourself to Nature the more wisely we do so. Oh what a soft and delightful pillow, and what a sane one on which to rest a well-schooled head, are ignorance and unconcern.

A noble heart should not belie its thoughts; it wants to reveal itself even to its inmost depths. There everything is good, at least everything is human.

We need to interpret interpretations more than to interpret things.

Death is not one of our social managements; it is a scene with one character.

Is it that we pretend to a reformation? Truly, no: but it may be we are more addicted to Venus than our fathers were. They are two exercises that thwart and hinder one another in their vigor. Lechery weakens our stomach on the one side; and on the other sobriety renders us more spruce and amorous for the exercise of love.

When a man is commonplace in discussion yet valued for what he writes that shows that his talents lie in his borrowed sources not in himself.