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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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


The school of necessity is kept by a violent mistress.