Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
French author, philosopher, and statesman (1533–1592)
Michel Eyquem, Sieur de Montaigne, also known as the Lord of Montaigne, was one of the most significant philosophers of the French Renaissance. He is known for popularizing the essay as a literary genre. His work is noted for its merging of casual anecdotes and autobiography with intellectual insight. Montaigne had a direct influence on numerous Western writers; his massive volume Essais contains some of the most influential essays ever written.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne Quotes
I know well what I am fleeing from but not what I am in search of.
Confidence in the goodness of another is good proof of one's own goodness.
The old believe everything; the middle-aged suspect everything; the young know everything.
Everyone recognizes me in my book, and my book in me.
The man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears.
I find that the best goodness I have has some tincture of vice.
Every man bears the whole stamp of the human condition.
How many valiant men we have seen to survive their own reputation!
Marriage may be compared to a cage: the birds outside frantic to get in and those inside frantic to get out.
A man is not hurt so much by what happens, as by his opinion of what happens.