Portrait of Michel de Montaigne

Quotes by Michel de Montaigne

1533 – 1592

Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592) was a French Renaissance sceptic and humanist who is best known for his Essays in which he explored the human condition in a very personal and clever manner.


Montaigne featured as the February 2023 OLL Birthday. Read it here


Presidents, Kings, Tyrants, & Despots

Montaigne argues that is right and proper for a people to speak ill of a “faulty prince” after his death (1580)

Michel de Montaigne

The State

Michel Montaigne on the danger of becoming accustomed to state power (1580)

Michel de Montaigne