Citations de Michel de Montaigne

Michel Eyquem, Seigneur de Montaigne, 1533-1592

Quotations from Montaigne's Essays
selected and translated by Anthony Weir
with glosses and comments.

Michel de Montaigne

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La vertu n'avoue rien que ce qui se fait par elle et pour elle seule.

Virtue admits only to being for its own sake.

1 comment:

  1. This is one of several quotations which deal with virtue (a word little used in the past 40 years!) and goodness. For Montaigne, goodness was inherent to a greater or lesser degree, and virtue was striven for, or built on top of goodness.

    Other quotations about virtue include:

    * La vertu est chose bien vaine et frivole si elle tire sa recommandation de la gloire.

    * Rien de noble ne se fait sans hasard.