When I quote others I do so in order to express my own ideas more clearly.



Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: French

When I quote others I do so in order to express my own ideas more clearly. Montaigne

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The virtue of the soul does not consist in flying high, but in walking orderly; its grandeur does not exercise itself in grandeur, but in mediocrity.

How many condemnations I have witnessed more criminal than the crime!

I seek in the reading of my books only to please myself by an irreproachable diversion; or if I study it is for no other science than that which treats of the knowledge of myself, and instructs me how to die and live well.

I care not so much what I am to others as what I am to myself.

Handling and use by able minds give value to a language, not so much by innovating as by filling it out with more vigorous and varied services, by stretching and bending it.

Meditation is a powerful and full study as can effectually taste and employ themselves.

There is more ado to interpret interpretations than to interpret things, and more books upon books than upon any other subject; we do nothing but comment upon one another. Every place swarms with commentaries; of authors there is great scarcity.

We are all lumps, and of so various and inform a contexture, that every piece plays, every moment, its own game, and there is as much difference betwixt us and ourselves as betwixt us and others.

I enjoy books as misers enjoy treasures, because I know I can enjoy them whenever I please.

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

The finest souls are those that have the most variety and suppleness.

There is no more expensive thing than a free gift.

The reverse side of truth has a hundred thousand shapes and no defined limits.

I do not speak the minds of others except to speak my own mind better.