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1533-1592. Michel Eyquem de Montaigne. French philosopher and essayist.

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It is the part of cowardliness, and not of virtue, to seek to squat itself in some hollow lurking hole, or to hide herself under some massive tomb, thereby to shun the strokes of fortune.

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I tell the truth, not as much as I would like to, but as much as I dare. I dare more and more as I grow older.

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Those things that are dearest to us have cost us the most.

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The honor of the conquest is rated by the difficulty.

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

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All the world knows me in my book, and may book in me.

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Philosophy is doubt.

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We endeavor more that men should speak of us, than how and what they speak, and it sufficeth us that our name run in men's mouths, in what manner soever. It stemma that to be known is in some sort to have life and continuance in other men's keeping.

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Princes give me sufficiently if they take nothing from me, and do me much good if they do me no hurt; it is all I require of them.

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The greatest thing in the world is to know how to be self-sufficient.

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