Nothing is so firmly believed, as what we least know.

[Qu’il faut sobrement se mêler de juger des ordonnances divines.]

Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592) French essayist
Essays, Book 1, ch. 31, “That a Man must not be too hasty in judging of Divine Ordinances” (1580) [tr. Cotton (1686), Hazlitt (1877)]

Alt. trans.:
  • "Nothing is so firmly believed, as that which a man knoweth least." [tr. Florio (1603)]
  • "Nothing is so firmly believed as what is least known."

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