Michel Eyquem, Seigneur de Montaigne ( mon-TAYN; French: [miʃɛl ekɛm də mɔ̃tɛɲ]; 28 February 1533 – 13 September 1592), known as Michel de Montaigne, was one of the most significant philosophers of the French Renaissance. He is known for popularizing the essay as a literary genre. His work is noted...
Lend yourself to others, but give yourself to yourself.
whoever saw old age that did not applaud the past and condemn the present?
Nothing fixes a thing so intensely in the memory as the wish to forget it.
Love in its essence is spiritual fire.
After the earthquake and the fire comes the still, small voice.
The sky broke like an egg into full sunset and the water caught fire.
Money is like fire, an element as little troubled by moralizing as earth, air, and water. Men can employ it as a tool, or they can dance around it as if it were the incarnation of a god. Money votes socialist or monarchist, finds a profit in pornography or translations from the Bible, commissions Rembrandt and underwrites the technology of Auschwitz. It acquires its meaning from the uses to which it is put.
Talent is a flame. Genius is a fire.