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

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Poverty of goods is easily cured; poverty of the mind is irreparable.

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There are few men who dare to publish to the world the prayers they make to Almighty God.

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The worthiest man to be known, and for a pattern to be presented to the world, he is the man of whom we have most certain knowledge. He hath been declared and enlightened by the most clear-seeing men that ever were; the testimonies we have of him are in faithfulness and sufficiency most admirable.

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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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Let Nature have her way; she understands her business better than we do.

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

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I care not so much what I am in the opinion of others, as what I am in my own; I would be rich of myself and not by borrowing.

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It happens as one sees in cages: the birds who are outside despair of ever getting in, and those within are equally desirous of getting out

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There is no course of life so weak and Scottish as that which is ordered by orders, method, and discipline.

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Experience has taught me this, that we undo ourselves by impatience. Misfortunes have their life and their limits, their sickness and their health.

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