Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, Lord of Montaigne (28 February 1533 – 13 September 1592) was one of the most significant philosophers of the French Renaissance, known for popularizing the essay as a literary genre. His work is noted for its merging of casual anecdotes and autobiography with serious intellectual insight.
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When I play with my cat, who knows whether she is not amusing herself with me more than I with her.
One may be humble out of pride.
A straight oar looks bent in the water. What matters is not merely that we see things, but how we see them.
Wit is a dangerous weapon even to the possessor, if he knows not how to use it discreetly.
There is no conversation more boring than the one where everybody agrees.
I put forward formless and unresolved notions as do those who publish doubtful questions to debate in the schools not to establish the truth but to seek it.
My life has been full of terrible misfortunes most of which never happened.
I prefer the company of peasants because they have not been educated sufficiently to reason incorrectly.