Michel de Montaigne Love Quotes and Sayings
2. If there is such a thing as a good marriage, it is because it resembles friendship rather than love.
3. If any one should importune me to give a reason why I loved him, I feel it could no otherwise be expressed than by making answer, ‘Because it was he; because it was I.’ There is, beyond what I am able to say, I know not what inexplicable and inevitable power that brought on this union.
4. A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband.
Excerpt from Wikipedia: Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (French: [miʃɛl ekɛm də mɔ̃tɛɲ]; February 28, 1533 – September 13, 1592) was one of the most influential writers of the French Renaissance, known for popularising the essay as a literary genre and is popularly thought of as the father of Modern Skepticism. He became famous for his effortless ability to merge serious intellectual speculation with casual anecdotes and autobiography—and his massive volume Essais (translated literally as “Attempts”) contains, to this day, some of the most widely influential essays ever written. Montaigne had a direct influence on writers the world over, including René Descartes, Blaise Pascal, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Friedrich Nietzsche, Stefan Zweig, Eric Hoffer, Isaac Asimov, and possibly on the later works of William Shakespeare.
Sayings by Michel de Montaigne
1. I do not care so much what I am to others as I care what I am to myself.
2. When I am attacked by gloomy thoughts, nothing helps me so much as running to my books. They quickly absorb me and banish the clouds from my mind.
3. My life has been full of terrible misfortunes most of which never happened.
4. He who fears will suffer, he already suffers from his fear.
5. The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.
6. I have never seen a greater monster or miracle in the world than myself.
7. Learned we may be with another man’s learning: we can only be wise with wisdom of our own.
8. If I speak of myself in different ways, that is because I look at myself in different ways.
9. When I play with my cat, who knows if I am not a pastime to her more than she is to me?
10. A wise man sees as much as he ought, not as much as he can.
11. I speak the truth, not so much as I would, but as much as I dare; and I dare a little more as I grow older.
12. Poverty of goods is easily cured; poverty of soul, impossible.
13. The value of life is not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them; a man may live long yet very little.
14. He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak.
15. Lend yourself to others, but give yourself to yourself.
16. Saying is one thing and doing is another.
17. There is as much difference between us and ourselves as there is between us and others.
18. Life itself is neither a good nor an evil: life is where good or evil find a place, depending on how you make it for them.
19. Not being able to govern events, I govern myself.
20. Rejoice in the things that are present; all else is beyond thee.