Michel De Montaigne Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old michel de montaigne quotes, michel de montaigne sayings, and michel de montaigne proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.     

Michel de Montaigne

I do myself a greater injury in lying than I do him of whom I tell a lie.     

Michel de Montaigne

Not being able to govern events, I govern myself, and apply myself to them, if they will not apply themselves to me.     

Michel de Montaigne

The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself     

Michel de Montaigne

There is no pleasure to me without communication: there is not so much as a sprightly thought comes into my mind that it does not grieve me to have produced alone, and that I have no one to tell it to     

Michel de Montaigne

He who fears he will suffer, already suffers from his fear.     

Michel de Montaigne

The finest thing in the world is knowing how to belong to oneself.     

Michel de Montaigne

A strong imagination begetteth opportunity.     

Michel de Montaigne

We trouble our life by thoughts about death, and our death by thoughts about life.      

Michel de Montaigne

There never were in the world two opinions alike, no more than two hairs or two grains; the most universal quality is diversity.     

Michel de Montaigne

Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul.     

Michel de Montaigne

Wit is a dangerous weapon, even to the possessor, if he knows not how to use it discreetly.     

Michel de Montaigne

He who is not very strong in memory should not meddle with lying.     

Michel de Montaigne

Rejoice in the things that are present; all else is beyond thee.     

Michel de Montaigne

My life has been full of terrible misfortunes most of which never happened.     

Michel de Montaigne

To know much is often the cause of doubting more.     

Michel de Montaigne

Age imprints more wrinkles in the mind than it does on the face.     

Michel de Montaigne

One may be humble out of pride.     

Michel de Montaigne

A man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears.     

Michel de Montaigne

The soul which has no fixed purpose in life is lost; to be everywhere, is to be nowhere.     

Michel de Montaigne

If ordinary people complain that I speak too much of myself, I complain that they do not even think of themselves.     

Michel de Montaigne

The world is but a perpetual see-saw.     

Michel de Montaigne

Let the refining and improving of your own life keep you so busy that you have little time to criticize others.     

Michel de Montaigne

A person is bound to lose when he talks about himself; if he belittles himself, he is believed; if he praises himself, he isn't believed.     

Michel de Montaigne

The birth of all things is weak and tender; and therefore we should have our eyes intent on beginnings.     

Michel de Montaigne

Of all our infirmities, the most savage is to despise our being.     

Michel de Montaigne

Wickedness sucks in the greater part of its own venom and poisons itself therewith     

Michel de Montaigne

Lying is a terrible vice, it testifies that one despises God, but fears men.     

Michel de Montaigne

Rash and incessant scolding runs into custom and renders itself despised.     

Michel de Montaigne

When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep?     

Michel de Montaigne