"It is a sign of contraction of the mind when it is content, or of weariness. A spirited mind never stops within itself it is always aspiring and going beyond its strength."
"We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot."Michel de Montaigne on Eleanor Roosevelt
"That which does not kill us makes us stronger."Michel de Montaigne on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."Michel de Montaigne on Helen Keller
"Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men."Michel de Montaigne on John F. Kennedy
"The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places."Michel de Montaigne on Ernest Hemingway
"Age imprints more wrinkles in the mind than it does on the face."
"There is no pleasure to me without communication: there is not so much as a sprightly thought comes into my mind that it does not grieve me to have produced alone, and that I have no one to tell it to."
"My trade and art is to live."
"Stubborn and ardent clinging to one's opinion is the best proof of stupidity."
"Let us permit nature to have her way. She understands her business better than we do."