The mariner of old said to Neptune in a great tempest, "O God! thou mayest save me if thou wilt, and if thou wilt thou mayest destroy me; but whether or no, I will steer my rudder true."
Book II, ch. 16. Of Glory
There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.Michel De Montaigne
We were halves throughout, and to that degree that methinks by outliving him I defraud him of his part.Michel De Montaigne
He that had never seen a river imagined the first he met to be the sea; and the greatest things that have fallen within our knowledge we conclude the extremes that nature makes of the kind.Michel De Montaigne
A wise man loses nothing, if he but save himself.Michel De Montaigne
I would like death to come to me while I am planting cabbages, caring little for death and even less for the imperfection of my garden.
Que la mort me trouve plantant mes choux, mais nonchalant d'elle, et encore plus de mon jardin imparfait.
As for extraordinary things, all the provision in the world would not suffice.Michel De Montaigne
All of the days go toward death and the last one arrives there.Michel De Montaigne
L'homme d'entendement n'a rien perdu, s'il a soi-même.Michel De Montaigne
He who does not give himself leisure to be thirsty cannot take pleasure in drinking.Michel De Montaigne
Man is forming thousands of ridiculous relations between himself and God .Michel De Montaigne
There were never in the world two opinions alike, any more than two hairs or two grains. Their most universal quality is diversity.Michel De Montaigne
I will follow the good side right to the fire, but not into it if I can help it.Michel De Montaigne
I have seen no more evident monstrosity and miracle in the world than myself.Michel De Montaigne
J'ai seulement fait ici un amas de fleurs étrangères, n'y ayant fourni du mien que le filet à les lier.Michel De Montaigne
It is not without good reason said, that he who has not a good memory should never take upon him the trade of lying.Michel De Montaigne
And not to serve for a table-talk.Michel De Montaigne
To which we may add this other Aristotelian consideration, that he who confers a benefit on any one loves him better than he is beloved by him again.Michel De Montaigne
Why may not a goose say thus: "All the parts of the universe I have an interest in: the earth serves me to walk upon, the sun to light me; the stars have their influence upon me; I have such an advantage by the winds and such by the waters; there is nothing that yon heavenly roof looks upon so favourably as me. I am the darling of Nature! Is it not man that keeps and serves me?"Michel De Montaigne
The public weal requires that men should betray and lie and massacre.Michel De Montaigne
What if he has borrowed the matter and spoiled the form, as it oft falls out?Michel De Montaigne
The oldest and best known evil was ever more supportable than one that was new and untried.Michel De Montaigne
I have here only made a nosegay of culled flowers, and have brought nothing of my own but the thread that ties them together.Michel De Montaigne
If others examined themselves attentively, as I do, they would find themselves, as I do, full of inanity and nonsense. Get rid of it I cannot without getting rid of myself.Michel De Montaigne
No one is exempt from talking nonsense; the misfortune is to do it solemnly.Michel De Montaigne
How many quarrels, and how important, has the doubt as to the meaning of this syllable "Hoc" produced for the world!Michel De Montaigne
One may be humble out of pride.Michel De Montaigne
Persons of mean understandings, not so inquisitive, nor so well instructed, are made good Christians, and by reverence and obedience, implicity believe, and abide by their belief.Michel De Montaigne
Confidence in the goodness of another is good proof of one's own goodness.Michel De Montaigne
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