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Knowledge
Engrave this Quote I see men ordinarily more eager to discover a reason for things than to find out whether the things are so.
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-Michel de Montaigne
Language
Engrave this Quote Just as in habiliments it is a sign of weakness to wish to make oneself noticeable by some peculiar and unaccustomed fashion, so, in language, the quest for new-fangled phrases and little-known words comes from a puerile and pedantic ambition.
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-Michel de Montaigne, 1580
Law
Engrave this Quote Laws are often made by fools, and even more often by men who fail in equity because they hate equality: but always by men, vain authorities who can resolve nothing.
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Engrave this Quote Laws gain their authority from actual possession and custom: it is perilous to go back to their origins; laws, like our rivers, get greater and nobler as they roll along: follow them back upstream to their sources and all you find is a tiny spring, hardly recognizable; as time goes by it swells with pride and grows in strength.
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Engrave this Quote It would be better to have no laws at all, than to have too many.
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Life
Engrave this Quote My art and profession is to live.
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Engrave this Quote The finest lives in my opinion are the common model, without miracle and without extravagance.
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Engrave this Quote We are great fools: He has spent his life in idleness. We say, I have done nothing today. Really, have you not lived? This is not only the most fundamental but the most illustrious of your occupations
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-Michel de Montaigne, Of Experience
Listening
Engrave this Quote The word is half his that speaks, and half his that hears it.
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Mankind, Man
Engrave this Quote Every man bears the whole stamp of the human condition.
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Marriage
Engrave this Quote We cannot do without it, and yet we disgrace and vilify the same. It may be compared to a cage, the birds without despair to get in, and those within despair to get out.
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Engrave this Quote Marriage is like a cage; one sees the birds outside desperate to get in, and those inside desperate to get out.
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Engrave this Quote If there is such a thing as a good marriage, it is because it resembles friendship rather than love.
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Engrave this Quote A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband.
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Medicine
Engrave this Quote I was not long since in a company where I was not who of my fraternity brought news of a kind of pills, by true account, composed of a hundred and odd several ingredients; whereat we laughed very heartily, and made ourselves good sport; for what rock so hard were able to resist the shock or withstand the force of so thick and numerous a battery?
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-Michel de Montaigne
Memory
Engrave this Quote The memory represents to us not what we choose but what it pleases.
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Engrave this Quote He who has not a good memory should never take upon himself the trade of lying.
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Engrave this Quote Memory is the receptacle and case of science: and therefore mine being so treacherous, if I know little, I cannot much complain. I know, in general, the names of the arts, and of what they treat, but nothing more. I turn over books; I do not study them. What I retain I no longerrecognise as another's; 'tis only what my judgment has made its advantage of, the discourses and imaginations in which it has been instructed: the author, place, words, and other circumstances, I immediately forget; and I am so excellent at forgetting, that I no less forget my own writingsand compositions than the rest. I am very often quoted to myself, and am not aware of it. Whoever should inquire of me where I had the verses and examples, that I have here huddled together, would puzzle me to tell him, and yet I have not borrowed them but from famous and known authors, not contenting myself that they were rich, if I, moreover, had them not from rich and honourable hands, where there is a concurrence of authority with reason. It is no great wonder if my book run the same fortune that otherbooks do, if my memory lose what I have written as well as what I have read, and what I give, as well as what I receive.
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Men
Engrave this Quote It is much more easy to accuse the one sex than to excuse the other.
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Engrave this Quote The most unhappy and frail creatures are men and yet they are the proudest.
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Military, the
Engrave this Quote No profession or occupation is more pleasing than the military; a profession or exercise both noble in execution (for the strongest, most generous and proudest of all virtues is true valor) and noble in its cause. No utility either more just or universal than the protection of the repose or defense of the greatness of one's country. The company and daily conversation of so many noble, young and active men cannot but be well-pleasing to you.
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Mind, the
Engrave this Quote Men do not know the natural infirmity of their mind: it does nothing but ferret and quest, and keeps incessantly whirling around, building up and becoming entangled in its own work, like silkworms, and is suffocated in it. A mouse in a pitch barrel...thinks it notices from a distance some sort of glimmer of imaginary light and truth; but while running toward it, it is crossed by so many difficulties and obstacles, and diverted by so many new quests, that it strays from the road, bewildered.
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Miracles
Engrave this Quote I have never seen a greater monster or miracle than myself.
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Money
Engrave this Quote Taking it all in all, I find it is more trouble to watch after money than to get it.
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Nature
Engrave this Quote Let Nature have her way; she understands her business better than we do.
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