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

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Virtue craves a steep and thorny path.

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One may disavow and disclaim vices that surprise us, and whereto our passions transport us; but those which by long habits are rooted in a strong and powerful will are not subject to contradiction. Repentance is but a denying of our will, and an opposition of our fantasies.

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He who lives not to others, lives little to himself.

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In the education of children there is nothing like alluring the interest and affection, otherwise you only make so many asses laden with books.

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Of all the benefits which virtue confers on us, the contempt of death is one of the greatest.

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There is no man so good, who, were he to submit all his thoughts and actions to the laws, would not deserve hanging ten times in his life.

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True it is that she who escapeth safe and unpolluted from out the school of freedom, giveth more confidence of herself than she who comet sound out of the school of severity and restraint.

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Taking it all in all, I find it is more trouble to watch after money than to get it.

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Scratching is one of nature's sweetest gratifications, and the one nearest at hand.

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

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