Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592) is responsible for some of the most influential books ever written.
During the French Renaissance, ancient Greek and Roman thought was highly admired and it was considered inappropriate to talk about your own views of the world.
Montaigne mocked the arrogance of such intellectuals. He suggested that everyone is capable of being wise if they only take time to examine the world around them and come to ‘know themselves’.
If we do not understand something, it is not because we are stupid, but often because it hasn’t been explained well enough.
Here are a few Mich-quotes to finish on:
Lend yourself to others, but give yourself to yourself.
Even on the most exalted throne in the world, we are only sitting on our own bottom.
Nothing is so firmly believed as what we least know.