French philosopher Montaigne on Love and Hate

Montaigne, the French Renaissance philosopher (1533 – 1592), led the full life of a rich French nobleman. In later life tried to withdraw from the world to concentrate on his thoughts and philosophies. Sometimes, the trivia of everyday life got in the way and interrupted his work as did the not so trivial, such as the occasional invasion of his property and the risk of imprisonment.

He wrote a lot of quotable stuff, probably thousands of his quotes can be found, but not that many on the contrasts of love and hate:

On the admission of love – “Open speaking draws out discoveries, like wine and love”

On passionate love – “Inclination to love one another at the first sight” and “Love, full, lively, and sharp; a pleasure inflamed by difficulty”

He seems to have written more on hate:

On directed hate – “I hate all sorts of tyranny, both in word and deed” and “I hate poverty equally with pain

On hate, but meaning dislike – “There is nothing I hate so much as driving a bargain” and “Hate all sorts of obligation and restraint”

On the pointlessness of hate – “Hate remedies that are more troublesome than the disease itself”

There’s not much effort involved in quoting another’s work, but as so much inspirational and motivational quotes are republished, I thought it might be worth citing some quotes that won’t change your life but remind you of just how it is.


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