Michel de Montaigne
- Full Name: Michel Eyguem de Montaigne
- Title: Lord of Montaigne
- DoB: 28 February 1533
- PoB: Chateau de Montaigne, St Michel de Mointaigne, France
- Death: 13 September 1592 (59)
- Education: Universtiy of Toulouse
- Legacy: Great influence on western writers. Popularising essays as a literary genre.
- Era: Renaissance Philosophy
At table, I prefer the witty to the grave; in bed, beauty before goodness; and in common discourse, eloquence, whether or no there be sincerity.
Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know.
Of all our infirmities, the most savage is to despise our being.
~ Michel de Montaigne
(I can relate to the above. There was a time not long ago when I hated myself, I loathed my complacency, I despised my vanity, I hated my weakness, I hated my stupidity or rather gullibility. I hated that I trusted so much. Self-loathing eats at you and it can get out and leave you without confidence.)
The concern that some women show at the absence of their husbands, does not arise from their not seeing them and being with them, but from their apprehension that their husbands are enjoying pleasures in which they do not participate, and which, from their being at a distance, they have not the power of interrupting.
~Michel de Montaigne
The mind is a dangerous weapon, even to the possessor, if he knows not discreetly how to use it.
The great and glorious masterpiece of man is to know how to live to purpose.