Michel de Montaigne: A Review of The Essays

Written by   (author of Obvious Conclusions)  |  Date Updated: October 22, 2021

Michel-de-Montaigne-essays-reviewIf you’ve never been exposed to the timeless ideas of Michel de Montaigne, his essays will leave you with a better understanding of the world and yourself.

In a university philosophy class , I was exposed to the essays of Michel de Montainge.  He wrote these essays some 400 years ago.  Their timeless nature amazes me.  For many situations in today’s world, there is a quote from these works that is applicable:

Quotes from Michel de Montaigne Essays


Sense and reason control anxiety, not houses that overlook the sea.”


The beautiful souls are they that are universal, open, and ready for all things.”


A man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears.”

On Marriage…

Marriage is like a cage; one sees the birds outside desperate to get in, and those inside equally desperate to get out.”

These essays of Michel de Montaigne should be in every book collection.

I have so enjoyed Montaigne’s thoughts and ideas that one of my goals is to read Montaigne’s essays in their original language:  French.  I have got a long way to go with that, but maybe I’ll get there someday:

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.”

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