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On composing our character by Michel de Montaigne

  



AuthorMicheládeáMontaigne (1533 - 1592) French writer & philosopher
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To compose our character is our duty, not to compose books, and to win, not battles and provinces, but order and tranquility in our conduct. Our great and glorious masterpiece is to live appropriately. All other things, ruling, hoarding, building, are only little appendages and props, at most.

MicheládeáMontaigne (1533 - 1592) French writer & philosopher

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Quotations from Michel de Montaigne:

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

MicheládeáMontaigne, (1533 - 1592) French writer & philosopher



 To compose our character is our duty, not to compose books, and to win, not battles and provinces, but order and tranquility in our conduct. Our great and glorious masterpiece is to live appropriately. All other things, ruling, hoarding, building, are only little appendages and props, at most.

MicheládeáMontaigne, (1533 - 1592) French writer & philosopher



 There is no conversation more boring than the one where everybody agrees.

MicheládeáMontaigne, (1533 - 1592) French writer & philosopher



 In my opinion, the most fruitful and natural play of the mind is in conversation. I find it sweeter than any other action in life; and if I were forced to choose, I think I would rather lose my sight than my hearing and voice.

MicheládeáMontaigne, (1533 - 1592) French writer & philosopher



 Storming a breach, conducting an embassy, ruling a nation are glittering deeds. Rebuking, laughing, buying, selling, loving, hating and living together gently and justly with your household - and with yourself - not getting slack nor being false to yourself, is something more remarkable, more rare and more difficult. Whatever people may say, such secluded lives sustain in that way duties which are at least as hard and as tense as those of other lives

MicheládeáMontaigne, (1533 - 1592) French writer & philosopher



 The value of life lies not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them.

MicheládeáMontaigne, (1533 - 1592) French writer & philosopher



 Traveling through the world produces a marvelous clarity in the judgment of men.

We are all of us confined and enclosed within ourselves, and see no farther than the end of our nose.

This great world is a mirror where we must see ourselves in order to know ourselves.

There are so many different tempers, so many different points of view, judgments, opinions, laws and customs to teach us to judge wisely on our own, and to teach our judgment to recognize its imperfection and natural weakness.

MicheládeáMontaigne, (1533 - 1592) French writer & philosopher



If you are interested in Knowledge Management, the Knowledge CafÚ or the role of conversation in organizational life then you my be interested in this online book I am writing on Conversational Leadership
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