Jim's Favorite Famous Quote, Quip, Axiom, and Maxim Repository
Michel de Montaigne
Michel Montaigne
Michel de Montaigne.
BornFebruary 28, 1533
Bordeaux, France
DiedSeptember 13, 1592
Bordeaux, France
French writer. Considered the father of the essay, collections of which he published titled Essais (1580, 1588).

The repository contains eight quotes from Michel de Montaigne.

AmbitionPrinciple

The great and glorious masterpiece of humanity is to know how to live with a purpose.

Opinion

Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know.

Intelligence

It is good to rub and polish our brain against that of others.

Religion

Man is certainly stark mad: he cannot make a flea, yet he makes gods by the dozens.

Intelligence

We can be knowledgeable with other menís knowledge but we cannot be wise with other menís wisdom.

Memory

Nothing fixes a thing so intensely in the memory as the wish to forget it.

Opinion

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

Adversity

The school of necessity is kept by a violent mistress.