The complete works of Michael de Montaigne; tr. (ed.) by W. Hazlitt

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Page 150 - ... who entered like a fox, reigned like a lion, and died like a dog.
Page lxii - Amyot, dans le cardinal d'Ossat, dans les ouvrages les plus enjoués, et dans les plus sérieux : il avoit je ne sais quoi de court, de naïf, de hardi, de vif et de passionné.
Page 228 - I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent." Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
Page 185 - I do not bite my nails about the difficulties I meet with in my reading; after a charge or two, I give them over. Should I insist upon them, I should both lose myself and time; for I have an impatient understanding, that must be satisfied at first: what I do not discern at once, is by persistence rendered more obscure.
Page xxxi - Le sot projet qu'il a de se peindre! et cela non pas en passant et contre ses maximes, comme il arrive à tout le monde de faillir; mais par ses propres maximes et par un dessein premier et principal.
Page 38 - For, in truth, custom is a violent and treacherous schoolmistress. She, by little and little, slily and unperceived, slips in the foot of her authority, but having by this gentle and humble beginning, with the benefit of time, fixed and established it, she then unmasks a furious and tyrannic countenance, against which we have no more the courage or the power so much as to lift up our eyes.
Page 78 - I find it could no otherwise be expressed, than by making answer: because it was he, because it was I.
Page 58 - I came, so deep, so low, and dismal, that I shall never have the heart to descend into it again.
Page 80 - Common friendships will admit of division; one may love the beauty of this person, the goodhumour of that, the liberality of a third, the paternal affection of a fourth, the fraternal love of a fifth, and so of the rest: but this friendship that possesses the whole soul, and there rules and sways with an absolute sovereignty, cannot possibly admit of a rival.

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