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Nationality: French
Date of Birth: 02/28/1533
Date of Death: 09/13/1592


 

Michel de Montaigne Quotes > I am afraid that our eyes are...

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I am afraid that our eyes are bigger than our stomachs, and that we have more curiosity than understanding. We grasp at everything, but catch nothing except wind.
Michel de Montaigne
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