The Essayes, Volume 3

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Page 70 - Campania pinguis aratur, 5 nee miser aera paro clade, Corinthe, tua. O prima infelix fingenti terra Prometheo ! Ille parum cauti pectoris egit opus : corpora disponens mentem non vidit in arte. Recta animi primum debuit esse via.
Page 427 - ... that what is bred in the bone will never out of the flesh, and no doubt but this love was bred in the bone, even in the jaw-bone.
Page 382 - If it be a consummation of ones being, it is also an amendment and entrance into a long and quiet night. Wee finde nothing so sweete in life, as a quiet rest and gentle sleepe, and without dreames. The things I know to be wicked, as to wrong or offend ones neighbour : and to disobey his superiour, be he God or man, I carefully shunne them: Such as I know not whether they bee good or bad, I cannot feare them. If I goe to my death, and leave you alive: The Gods onely see, whether you or I shall prosper...
Page 113 - Audio, quid veteres olim moneatis amici: Pone seram, cohibe: sed quis custodiet ipsos Custodes ? cauta est et ab illis incipit uxor.
Page 22 - Every man beareth the whole stampe of humane condition. Authors communicate themselves unto the world by some speciall and strange marke ; I the first, by my generall disposition ; as Michael de Montaigne; not as a Grammarian, or a Poet, or a Lawyer.
Page 436 - ... obstinately lingring, and unremoovably-obstinate. Let nature worke : Let hir have hir will : She knoweth what she hath to doe, and understands hir selfe better then we do. But such a one died of it, wil you say; so shal you doubtlesse; if not of that, yet of some other disease. And how many have we seene die when they have had a whole Colledge of Physitians round about their bed, and looking in their excrements?
Page 150 - I do others in this sport, doth more sweetly tickle my imagination, then that is done unto me. Now if no generous minde, can receive pleasure where he returneth none ; it is a base minde that would have all duty and delights to feed with conference, those under whose charge he remaineth. There is no beauty, nor favour, nor familiarity so exquisite, which a gallant minde should desire at this rate. Now if women can do us no good but in pittie, I had much rather not to live at all, then to live by...
Page 123 - All the world may know me by my booke, and my booke by me : But I am of an Apish and imitating condition. When I medled with making of verses (and I never made any but in Latine) they evidently accused the Poet I came last from reading : And of my first Essayes, some taste a little of the stranger. At Paris I speake somewhat otherwise then at Montaigne. Whom I behold with attention, doth easily convay and imprint something of his in me. What I heedily consider, the same I usurpe : a foolish countenance,...
Page 212 - Maior enim pars eo fere deferri solet, quo a natura ipsa deducitur. In quibus videndum est, non modo quid quisque loquatur, sed etiam quid quisque sentiat atque etiam de qua causa quisque sentiat.
Page 467 - Hee hath past his life in idlenesse, say we ; alas I have done nothing this day. What? have you not lived? It is not onely the fundamentall, but the noblest of your occupation. Had I beene placed or thought fit for the managing of great affaires, I would have shewed what I could have performed. Have you knowen how to meditate and manage your life? you have accomplished the greatest worke of all. For a man to shew and exploit himselfe, " nature hath no neede of fortune, she equally shewes herselfe...

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