Quotes from French Essayist,
Michel E. De Montaigne –1533-1592

 

We should not ask who is the most learned, but who is the best learned.

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No one is exempt from talking nonsense; the mistake is to do it solemnly.

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

He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak.

The lack of wealth is easily repaired, but the poverty of the soul is irreparable.

The highest wisdom is continual cheerfulness; such a state, like the region above the moon, is always clear and serene.
 

Quotes from French Philosopher,
Blaise Pascal – 1623-1662

 

Man’s greatness lies in his power of thought.

He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God’s providence to lead him aright.

Kind words produce their own image in men’s souls, and a beautiful image it is. We have not yet begun to use kind words in such abundance, as they ought to be used.

Do you wish people to speak well of you? Then do not speak at all of yourself.

Happiness is neither within us only, or without us; it is the union of ourselves with God.

Man is not worthy of God; but he is not incapable of being made worthy.

It is much better to know something about everything than to know everything about one thing.
 

Quotes from French Moralist,
Francois Rochefoucauld – 1630-1680

 

We must not judge of a man’s merits by his great qualities, but by the use he makes of them.

Narrow minds think nothing right that is above their own capacity.

The reason why lovers never weary of one another is this: they are always talking of themselves.

Quarrels never last long if the fault were all on one side.

No persons are more frequently wrong than those who will not admit they are wrong.

As it is the characteristic of great wits to say much in a few words, so it is of small wits to talk much and say nothing.

Before we passionately desire anything, which another possesses, we should examine as to the happiness of its possessor.
 

Quotes from French Poet & Dramatist – 1694-1778
 

The secret of making oneself tiresome is not to know when to stop.

Marriage is the only adventure open to the cowardly.

If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him.

Ideas are like beards; men do not have them until they grow up.

Perfection is attained by slow degrees; it requires the hand of time.

Life is thick sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell upon our misfortunes, the greater in their power to harm us.
 

French Proverbs
 

If we find not repose in ourselves, it is in vain to seek it elsewhere.

To make oneself beloved is after all the best way to be useful.

There is no such thing as a necessary man.

The most wasted of all days is the day when we have not laughed.

Why kill time when one can employ it?

People count up the faults of those who keep them waiting.

He who threatens is always afraid.

A fault, which is denied, is committed twice over.

It is hope that makes the future.


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